If there is one thing fans can count on in a new Stargate television series created by Brad Wright, it’s that each show is bound to have its own Stargate with a unique look.
The gate is iconic, and a signature for the show — from the classic red and grey of the Milky Way gates, to the digital blue vibe of Atlantis, to the steampunk aesthetic and white chevrons of SGU. So it’s no surprise that Wright’s plans for a fourth show set in this universe also include a new model of Stargate … even though the show is set on Earth.
Wright revealed the idea behind the new gate during The Companion’s “Stargate Legacy” 25th anniversary livestream.
“In my pilot script that I wrote … a couple of years ago, when MGM asked me to write a pilot script for a new show, I had an entirely new, human-built Stargate,” Wright said. “And it just spun up like crazy and then …” rapidly locked each chevron into place to establish a wormhole.
“I thought it’s about time that we sped up the process, after 25 years! Don’t you think? … It’s cool. It’s really cool, at least in the script.”
Each of the three live-action series has featured a different Stargate, built by the Ancients at different points in their history. With a new series set in the present day it has been decades since the founding of the Stargate program. And with everything the S.G.C. has learned about the gate and its operations, it makes sense that the next evolution of the Stargate would be built by humans based on Ancient principles.
A new style of gate would also open up new avenues for story ideas, if perhaps the human-built gate doesn’t work quite the same.
The writer and co-creator of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe has previously revealed that in his fourth show the Stargate will be public knowledge. He’s also written several SG-1 favorites into the pilot, including (but not limited to) Amanda Tapping’s General Samantha Carter, Michael Shanks’ Dr. Daniel Jackson, and Ben Browder’s Cameron Mitchell.
Wright completed his pilot script for a new series in the franchise early in 2020, just in time for COVID to shut down all film and TV production and studio pitch meetings. He did some rewrites and polishing in the interim, but eventually MGM put Stargate’s development on hold and entered into negotiations with Amazon to sell the company. That deal was announced in May of 2021, and after the usual regulatory hurdles closed last March.
With Amazon and MGM announcing this year that the deal was complete, Wright sounds like he is still waiting along with the rest of us to find out what the company wants to do with the Stargate franchise. Now in July he expressed some pessimism that his new script “will probably never see the light of day.”
On Twitter, though, he sounded optimistic that Amazon will do something with the Stargate brand.
Happy 25th anniversary to Stargate SG-1! And thank you to everyone who's been asking MGM and Amazon to bring Stargate back. With amazing fans like all of you, I'm sure they will. #StargateSG1 #25thSG1Anniversary
— Brad Wright (@bradtravelers) July 27, 2022
“Happy 25th anniversary to Stargate SG-1!” he wrote. “And thank you to everyone who’s been asking MGM and Amazon to bring Stargate back. With amazing fans like all of you, I’m sure they will.”
We just hope it’s a continuation of the existing universe that Brad Wright helped to create.
Watch the full, hour-long conversation with Brad Wright and Richard Dean Anderson now on The Companion’s YouTube channel.