With news coming in last week thatMGM (the studio that owns theStargateTV franchise) has completed its bankruptcy restructuring and securing $500 million in new financing (story), the next big question is just which ofStargate‘s three series will get attention first — and in what medium.
Mallozzi was clear that the end of SGU does not mean that time and money has now been freed up to put the Atlantis film into production. Mallozzi co-wrote the script for Stargate: Extinction with Paul Mullie after the movie was first announced following SGA‘s cancellation in 2008.
“I’m sorry to say but the cancellation puts the brakes on whatever progress the SGA movie had made in the past month, shelving it indefinitely,” he said. “… Contrary to what some may think, the cancellation of SGU is very bad news for those looking forward to anAtlantis movie.”
Mallozzi didn’t speak to the next planned movie for the SG-1 team, tentatively titled Stargate: Revolution. Executive producer Brad Wright had reportedly been working on securing the go-ahead for that film before MGM entered bankruptcy this fall.
He also said that a fourth television series in the franchise is not on the table at this point. “A new Stargate series isn’t even being considered,” he said. “… There are no plans to create or move forward on a new series. We love the one we have now.”
The producers of SGU hope that Destiny’s mission is not over yet.
That, of course, means that the producers still hope to find a way to finish SGU‘s storyline. Mallozzi echoed Wright’s sentiments on this point (story). “All options are being considered at this point, but a third season would be ideal,” Mallozzi said. “We’re investigating all possible avenues.”
The Destiny sets will remain standing until all avenues have been exhausted, he said.
He said that, while the show’s ratings this season haven’t been good, the cancellation decision was surprising in its abruptness. “Those early Season Two ratings were admittedly a downer. The move to Tuesday night was not good for us (and, speaking to the franchise as a whole, the move from summer to fall did us no favors either) and I firmly believe that time-shifted viewing and internet downloads have bled off a significant portion of our younger, tech-savvy audience.
“Still, we held out hope and, as production continued on Season Two, positive word from various places gave us hope that the show would come back for, at the very least, a third and final season (much the same way Battlestar did). Many of us were shocked by the abruptness of the cancellation decision.”
Read the full Q&A at Joseph Mallozzi’s blog. Stargate Universe returns with its final 10 episodes on Syfy this spring.
MGM reboot complete, financing secured for new productions
Here’s a little good news forStargate fans reeling from the cancellation of Stargate Universejust before Christmas (story). After collapsing under the weight of $5 billion and going into bankruptcy court this month, legendary filmstudio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is declaring a Do-Over.
The studio that owns the Stargatetelevision franchise announced Monday that its plan for restructuring the company has become effective. More important for the future of Stargate is that MGM has secured financing of $500 million through JP Morgan, for use in funding its operations and restarting active production of a new slate of film and television projects.
“MGM is emerging from one of the most challenging periods of its storied history,” Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, new Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM, said in a press release. “We are honored and inspired at the opportunity of leading one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios into its next generation of unforgettable filmmaking, global television production and distribution, and aggressively pursuing, developing and exploiting new digital entertainment platforms.
“Beginning today, MGM is a stronger, more competitive company, with a solid financial foundation and a bright future. We look forward to working with MGM’s dedicated employees to build upon this company’s legacy.”
The studio traded its debt to creditors for ownership of most of the restructured company.
MGM has also named eight of the nine positions on its new Board of Directors, which includes Barber and Birnbaum. Former Pixar CFO Ann Mather has been tapped as the Board’s head (via Deadline.com).
One final glimmer of bright, brilliant news for Stargate fans: If MGM’s list of current executives on its Web site is up to date (it does include Barber and Birnbaum, who only officially joined with the restructure), then Charles Cohen is still at the company. Cohen (MGM’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer) is a self-proclaimed Stargate fan who has been with the studio since 1986, and has been hugely instrumental in the franchise’s success so far.
Keep your browser locked on GateWorld as we head into 2011 for more news on the future of Stargate! We hope to hear some good news early in the new year about Stargate‘s piece of that new production money.
Brad Wright on ‘Stargate Universe’: ‘We haven’t given up’
Be of good cheer this holiday season, “Stargate Universe” fans. Syfy may not have shot down the Destiny just yet.
“We haven’t given up on finishing the story we started,” executive producer and series co-creator Brad Wright said via email Thursday.
On Dec. 16, Syfy confirmed on Twitter that it wouldn’t pick up “SGU” for a third season. (It is set to air the remaining 10 episodes of Season 2 in spring 2011.) The “Stargate” franchise helped turn Syfy, then Sci Fi, into a cable network player when “SG-1” moved to the network in 2002.
Wright was on a trip when he heard about the cancellation, but since returning he has been exploring options for continuing the series in some form. He and officials at franchise owner MGM have been discussing several options, he said, and he’s thankful for fan support.
“It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he wrote, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget.”
Now, before you get on Twitter to falsely declare that the franchise is saved, read this paragraph carefully. This news does not mean any plan or timetable has been created for the revival of either “SGU” or the “Stargate” franchise, or any deal has been struck with a network. It simply means that the parties are looking into a lot of possibilities, but much work remains to be done before we can celebrate.
So be patient, keep the faith, continue campaigning for the show’s return and be sure to watch the final 10 episodes of “Stargate Universe” Season 2 live on Syfy. (For other ideas, check out this article from Joseph Dilworth at Pop Culture Zoo.)
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It's a shame about SGU. Are you a BSG fan? All that's keeping me sane is the 2nd half of season 2, and the hope that Blood and Chrome will be made. And the other two Stargate films. Not enough sci-fi on this planet.
I tried getting into BSG, just couldn’t. I might in the near future give it another shot. I’ve been hoping for more new sci-fi movies/shows. I watched Skyline recently, was super excited for it…watched it. Let’s just say I was disappointed.
With no new Stargate on the air…things are boring haha. I have my other shows I enjoy, but they’re on break or just finished. But no Good sci-fi shows are airing that I like currently. Spring needs to come a little sooner so I can see the rest of season 2 of Stargate Universe. I’m sure I’ll be left with MORE questions. Supposedly season 2 will be left on a huge cliffhanger. =X. Let’s cross our fingers for a movie or another network to pick up SGU.
Also, do you guys & gals have any suggestions to help improve this blog? Any suggestions, opinions & requests are welcomed. Message me in the ask box.
I am going to try and take some photos later of my Stargate collection of movies/dvd’s. Hoping to grab some posters & maybe some action figures soon. haha.
Oh yes, I’ve been running this blog for 5 months, by myself. But slight chance I might be looking for a person or two to help contribute to this blog. Not sure tho. We’ll see.