One of my very favorite science-fiction franchises, Stargate, has been sidelined for about seven years or so, but it’s coming back! STARGATE ORIGINS, a new live-action digital-only series, as announced at San Diego Comic-Con!
Based on the 1994 movie Stargate (1994), which starred Kurt Russell and James Spader, ORIGINS will follow Catherine Langford, the daughter of Professor Paul Langford, the scientist who uncovered the stargate in Giza in 1928, when she was just a little girl.
Produced by and for Stargatecommand.co, SO will consist of ten 10-minute episodes written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan. Production will begin in August for a fall debut exclusively on stargatecommand.co, a joint effort by MGM’s Digital Group and the studio New Form.
Take a look at the mini teaser (consisting solely of footage from the movie) that accompanied the announcement:
SO will be not unlike STAR TREK: DISCOVERY — a digital continuation of a beloved sci-fi series that anchors a new streaming service.
This marks the first original STARGATE live-action material since 2010, when SYFY axed STARGATE UNIVERSE at the end of its second season, leaving fans with a life-or-death cliff-hanger.
Don’t expect to see any familiar SG1 faces, like O’Neill, Carter, Daniel Jackson or Teal’c, because the series is set before any of those characters were born. Of course, SG1 did travel into the past and alternate realities to encounter Catherine once or twice before…
An aged, 1996 version of Langford was played in the original movie by Viveca Lindfors, and later by several actresses on the TV series STARGATE SG1, including Elizabeth Hoffman in the first season.
“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. “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 can expect casting news soon, because the series starts shooting next month!