This year marks the 20th anniversary of Stargate SG-1, the series spun-off from the 1994 Roland Emmerich movie about an Air Force project to send people to other planets through the titular ancient alien transportation device. Many fans wondered if the occasion of San Diego Comic Con might force Stargate rights holders to make a special announcement about new adventures, especially since the two SG-1 spin-offs were promised continuations that never materialized. So when we tell you this is not the Stargate news you were expecting, trust us, this is not the Stargate news you were expecting.
According to Deadline, MGM is launching a 10-episode series that will be released on-demand through a specific new Stargate-only streaming service called Stargate Command. Command will give fans access to all previous Stargate series and will offer a behind the scenes look at the new show as it’s being developed. As for that new series, it will be called Stargate: Origins and it will focus on a young Catherine Langford as she tries to understand the consequence of her father’s discovery of the Stargate in Giza, Egypt in the 1920s. The character was played by Viveca Lindfors in the ’94 Stargate, and Elizabeth Hoffman in a few episodes of SG-1. The series being written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan. Shooting will begin next month.
It seems as if MGM is following a similar model to CBS, who is using the Star Trek brand name, and the launch of the new series Star Trek: Discovery, to bolster their streaming video site, All Access. For fans, there’s no word that anyone previously involved in the past Stargate series, particularly Brad Wright who co-created SG-1, Atlantis and Universe, and is presently the show runner of Travellers.
“We’ve been eager to revisit the Stargate franchise, and create an all-new story that honors the founding mythos and gives loyal fans more mystery and adventure,” said Kevin Conroy, President of Digital and New Platforms at MGM in a statement. “We view Stargate Origins as a thank you to fans who have been keeping the spirit of the franchise alive for nearly 25 years. With the increasing popularity of digitally native content that can be streamed to any device, MGM is committed to the production of premium linear mid-form content and are proud to launch with Stargate Origins.”
“We saw a need for a definitive hub for the Stargate fanbase to continue to enjoy news and content, both old and new,” added Chris Ottinger, President, Worldwide Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM. “Stargate Command will open a new door for the community to celebrate and interact with all content in a way that has never been done before.”
We’ll have more news about this project as it becomes available. Stay tuned for more news from San Diego Comic Con.