Fans who have been waiting for a morsel of information regarding Brad Wright’s fourth in-canon Stargate series can rejoice at this small (but exciting) tease at what could soon be the in works … if Amazon gives it the green light.
Joseph Mallozzi – who was a long-time writer and producer on Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe – has shared the title page of Brad Wright’s Stargate pilot on social media, with the caption “a little light reading ahead of the weekend.”
Mallozzi seems to have edited the page to obscure part of the show’s title, Stargate: _______. Or, perhaps Wright himself has yet to decide on the show’s full name and left the text box as a placeholder to fill in later.
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) March 24, 2022
For anyone who wants to wager a guess as to what might be in mind for the show’s title, John S on Twitter noted that “with the font and size of the box, it would be 7 letters.” Another fan noted “Stargate: Legacy” would be one possibility that fits the space.
In any case, let the guessing games begin!
Even David Hewlett, who played Dr. Rodney McKay on Stargate Atlantis, also joined in on the fun. He scribbled in “McKay” over the blank text box, saying, “I fixed the cover page for you @bradtravelers… it’s okay, consider it a gift.”
— David Hewlett (@dhewlett) March 24, 2022
As exciting as this is, it’s important to remember two things. First, the show does not have the green light yet, and there is no guarantee that Amazon will ultimately choose to go with Wright’s pitch for a new series. And, second, if Amazon does pick up this series it may be awhile until it reaches our television screens.
When a fan asked how long the process could take, Mallozzi responded: “Depends on Amazon. If they green light the show, say, next week, Brad could get a writers’ room up and running by May. Some scripts written for top of summer, head into production in the back half of this year, start dropping new #Stargate episodes summer of 2023. Give or take.”
In a corresponding blog post Mallozzi added optimistically: “Are we about to lock that elusive sixth chevron? Maybe. You know what would really, really help? Letting Amazon know you’re looking forward to Brad Wright’s new Stargate series.”
Mallozzi’s “sixth chevron” comment hearkens back to his Reddit comment back in 2020, where he fielded a question about the status of Brad Wright’s potential new Stargate series. “Someone asked me how many chevrons have been locked. I told them five,” Mallozzi said.
Brad Wright first announced that he was “talking with MGM” about Stargate during an appearance at 2018’s Gatecon fan convention. Then in early 2019 he reiterated on the “Nerks of the Hub” fan podcast that he was actively working with the studio on a new show.
Wright later revealed that his new Stargate pitch would see the Stargate program now revealed to the public, and would take place in the present day. And he confirmed it would include appearances from legacy cast members of SG-1 and Atlantis (at least) – all while introducing new characters and pushing the franchise forward in a new direction.
The potential fourth Stargate series has been on the slow train in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I wrote a pilot for [MGM] and the timing could not have been worse in terms of delivery,” Wright told Bleeding Cool, “because the pandemic hit pretty much as I was typing the end.” The future of his proposed fourth series suddenly became uncertain, as studios around the world tightened their purses, and struggled to restart film and television productions safely.
Then, in May of 2021, Amazon announced that it was buying up Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and all of its assets — including the Stargate franchise. That created a further degree of uncertainty for Brad Wright’s fourth series, as the changing of the guard could see a shift in the studio’s creative strategy – or a lengthy acquisition process during which plans for the Stargate franchise would remain in limbo.
But now, less than a year later, Amazon’s acquisition of MGM is complete, and the studio is free to press ahead with a Stargate movie or series for their streaming service, Amazon Prime Video.
As recently as February Wright made it clear that he was unaware of Amazon and MGM’s intentions regarding Stargate. But he seems eager to jump back into the captain’s chair of a new Stargate series, should they give him the green light.
With any luck – and a bit of lobbying from the fans – we may yet see a new Stargate series grace our television screens within the next few years.
Are you interested in seeing Brad Wright’s fourth Stargate series – or would you like to see Amazon take Stargate in a different direction? Maybe you have a guess about the full show title that Brad has in mind?
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