SDCC 2017: Stargate Returns With a New Live-Action Series
It has been 20 years since Stargate SG-1 first debuted on Showtime, becoming one of the most enduring franchises (with two other spin-offs) spawned from a single movie. While it’s been six years since Stargate Universe last aired, MGM is ready to lock in the chevrons and re-open the gate for a brand new series.
At the Stargate SG-1 20th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con, MGM announced their new series, Stargate Origins, which is scheduled to begin filming next month. How did this slip past us?!
The lead character will be Catherine Langford the same character whom we’ve met in the 1996 film — first as a young girl who witnesses the discovery of the Stargate in Giza in 1928, and again as an old woman who hires Daniel Jackson to translate the symbols around the gate. In the teaser promo below, we’re taken back to the same moment where Catherine and her father’s excavation team find the Stargate.
It’s not clear if Origins is a reboot of the television series, or a retcon, or just an alternate re-telling within another universe. In Stargate SG-1, Catherine didn’t go through the gate until much later in her life, after her fiancée, Ernest Littlefield, was lost in an early experiment with the gate.
What we do know for sure is that the series will follow Catherine as she “embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness.”
Stargate Origins will be a ten-episode event series, written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry, with Mercedes Bryce Morgan lined up as the director. Casting news should be coming out soon since production begins next month.
Another major, slightly annoying, reveal at the panel is Stargate Command, a new streaming service in which fans will have to subscribe to if they want to watch the new series. The website is described as “the official destination for all things Stargate.” It stands to reason that this platform will be a one-stop-shop for every episode in the franchise ever produced over the last 20 years.
In other words… We’re getting another CBS All Access/Star Trek: Discovery scenario. Not the best news, but hey! New Stargate.
Stargate Command is scheduled to officially launch some time this fall.