Seven years after Stargate left the airwaves the man who co-created the shows’ fictional television universe is optimistic about where the franchise might go in the future.
Brad Wright appeared on stage this morning at the Gatecon fan convention in Vancouver, chatting with fans and answering questions for more than an hour. A couple of times the subject turned from reminiscing to where Stargate is at now.
“I’m very happy to be able to say that MGM has a nice renewed interest in the franchise,” Wright said to fans. “And we have started talking again.”
Fans have lobbied the studio to bring back a live-action Stargate production for years, reaching a crescendo this spring with an ongoing campaign calling for a new, in-canon series — one set in the universe established by Wright and fellow series creators Jonathan Glassner (Stargate SG-1) and Robert C. Cooper (Atlantis and SGU).Might even a fourth show created by Wright himself be in the cards? While it’s a great sign that MGM is talking with him about Stargate again, Brad was quick to note that they weren’t taking such a step just yet.
“It’s not that we’re going to be making a series any time soon,” he said. “It’s just that they now acknowledge the existence of this thing they have in their library that did very well for them — and could again, potentially.
“So they want to keep it alive. They know it needs to be kept alive. It is a powerful franchise for them.”
That renewed attention to the Stargate franchise on the part of MGM will extend to a number of different things, perhaps including more releases of composer Joel Goldsmith’s beautiful score for the three Stargate series (which was the topic of the question that elicited Brad’s comments). But he is also hopeful that it may mean “also going forward with something else, at some point.”
After chatting on stage with Stargate’s veteran director Martin Wood, Wright made his exit — leaving fans with another word of hope for new projects down the road.
“Keep coming back to Stargate,” he said. “Because, fingers crossed, it will continue in the future.”
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