The Stargate franchise ran for more than a decade with three live action series and a few movies (and a web series) along the way. But after being mothballed the past few years, it sounds like we’re closer than ever to actually getting the ‘Gate back online.
We already knew former producer Brad Wright, who helped shape the franchise across the runs of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, had been working on a pitch for a new Stargate show the past year or so with studio MGM. But Hollywood is notoriously slow right up until it’s not, and we haven’t had much news lately. But we can take solace that things are, apparently, still chugging along behind the scenes.
As flagged by Gateworld, fellow producer Joseph Mallozzi has teased on Twitter and Reddit that talks are “progressing” toward getting the project off the ground (which is always better news than "dead") — and even offered up some details for fans wondering what shape the project might take. For one, Mallozzi made it pretty clear the pitch being developed by Wright is set within the existing continuity they spent several years building across the prior shows. He added fans would see plenty of “familiar faces” if the series moves forward. So all those adventures of SG-1, the alien races, the former characters, the world-building, the Destiny out trucking across the universe — all those things would presumably still be in the canon.
Specifically, Mallozzi noted that fans would get “answers” to the big cliffhanger ending that wrapped the franchise proper, with the final season of Stargate: Universe closing out with the ship jumping off into parts unknown.
He also addressed the question of where the potential project might air, if it eventually makes it to screen. It sounds like that’s still one of the big unknowns with the project, with Mallozzi adding fans would need to subscribe or tune in to whichever streaming service or network pulls the trigger (if one eventually does).
With so many properties being mined, revived and rebooted these days — from a new Battlestar Galactica coming to Peacock, to a full slate of Star Trek shows on CBS All Access — it’s wild to think SG-1 has been effectively dormant for nine years, ever since the cancellation of Universe in 2011 (aside from the limited 2018 web series Stargate Origins). It’s a massive franchise with a literal portal to limitless options — and you’d have to think it’s only a matter of time before someone locks that seventh chevron again.