Stargate

September 20, 2013

 

Stargate writer explains why (and how) the series should come back to TV!

 

Roland Emmerich might be ready for rebooted movies, but one of Stargate's longest-serving writers has a different idea.

 

It's been more than two years since the last (for now) Stargate series, Universe, went off the air, and fans have been hoping ever since that the nearly 20-year-old sci-fi saga could return someday. Luckily for those fans, Roland Emmerich -- who co-created the franchise with 1994's Stargate feature film -- announcedjust a few days ago that he's prepping a trilogy of films that will reboot Stargate for a new generation of fans. But what if you don't want a reboot? What if you want the franchise to continue in the same way that Universe and Stargate: Atlantis continued it? What if you want the old continuity to continue into the next phase of the Stargate mythos? Well, you're not alone.

 

In a lengthy and detailed post on his blog, Joseph Mallozzi -- who wrote and executive-produced all three Stargate series -- outlined what he thinks the franchise needs to do to carry on. Covering all the apparent options at hand to continue the franchise, Mallozzi broke down the pros and cons of each potential direction Stargate could go from here.

 

A big-budget, rebooted feature film certainly seems to be what Emmerich wants, but Mallozzi has some concerns. First, there's no guarantee that big budgets produce big box-office returns, as this summer's long list of flops clearly demonstrates. Secondly, Stargate doesn't have the same cultural reach as something like Star Trek, so a reboot might not be able to pull in the same blockbuster audience. Finally, Mallozzi expressed concern that a reboot would alienate devoted fans of the existing Stargate canon.

 

"Yes, a fresh start is a great idea when it comes to reaching out to a potential new audience, and while some fans would undoubtedly be pleased with a complete relaunch, many others would no doubt take umbrage with a complete dismissal of established canon," he said.

 

There's also, Mallozzi thinks, the option to start smaller, with a backdoor pilot TV movie event that, if successful, could serve as the introduction to a new Stargate series. It could present a lower financial risk than either a feature film or a brand-new series, but it also presents a bit of a timing problem.

 

"At some point, the studio needs to ask itself what would be the better scenario: strike now or wait? There’s an argument to be made for both. The fact that the last Stargate episode aired only two years ago suggests the fans are still out there and, if a movie or series is produced sooner than later, one could count on their support – in addition to the potential support of new viewers. Strike while the iron is hot! Then again, the ratings for SGU’s final season could suggest viewer fatigue and maybe waiting is advisable."

 

Taking the classic Stargate characters and throwing them into a new adventure in the form of a movie or miniseries that could churn up DVD revenue and even a possible new series also seems like a possibility, but Mallozzi argues there's actually a greater risk in that department than there used to be.

 

"Back in the day, the two Stargate direct-to-video features, Ark of Truth and Continuum did VERY well. But that was before the bottom fell out of the dvd market. Sadly, a 'classic Stargate' miniseries or movie isn’t the slam dunk it used to be."

 

In the end, Mallozzi has concerns about all of these potential directions, particularly the movie reboot model.

 

"My gut instinct tells me the studio would LOVE to follow the Star Trek model: take an established property, re-imagine it for the big screen, and makes hundreds of millions of dollars. Of course, it could be argued that that is a very best case scenario. If the studio does consider going down this route, careful consideration will present two indisputable facts: a) Stargate is not Star Trek, and b) alienating long-time fans in favor of a new audience could prove disastrous.

 

"As much as I would love to see that Atlantis movie or SG-1 movie or even a mini-series that incorporates elements from all three Stargate shows, this is the unlikeliest of scenarios for the simple reason that the risks far outweigh any potential rewards."

 

So a reboot could alienate the fanbase, a TV movie could have timing problems, and a classic Stargate film could present a great financial risk and is also just plain unlikely. Where does that leave the franchise? Mallozzi thinks it leaves it firmly in the territory of launching a brand-new TV series.

 

"No, given the history of the franchise, it would seem a new television series would be the best way to go – a fresh take on Stargate that would bring in new viewers while rewarding the long-suffering fans."

 

Of course, Mallozzi fully acknowledges, the future of the franchise is not, for the moment, up to him, but he does seem acutely aware of the risks going forward. What do you think? Should Stargate try to continue with existing continuity intact, or is a reboot the best way to keep it alive?

 

These are Joseph Mallozzi thoughts and although he perhaps partially has a self interest in this, I believe he tells this because he thinks this is the best viable option for Stargate to return. I personally think he's right, I also think that the Stargate fans would rather see Stargate return as a TV series than a movie, especially because over the years Roland Emmerich has made it clear he was not a fan of the series. We will have to see of course.

 

Source: Blastr & Joseph Mallozzi


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Comments: 9
  • #1

    Longterm Stargate Fan (Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:52)

    I think SGU should be continued for one but maybe in a different format like a CGI format similar to how starship troopers has done in recent days. A new series would be great especially if you cast it with some of the old favorites, Rodney, Sheppard, Jackson, etc. etc. to name a few. You need what that fans want and thats the chemistry that these actors had together. Heck you could always do a paradox storyline and ties them all in from different universes. So many ideas that fans would love.

  • #2

    SF Series And Movies (Wednesday, 16 October 2013 06:51)

    You have some good thoughts. I would watch it! :-) I would love to see those characters back too, but if they can create a good original new stargate series, it's fine by me too, with some guest appearances of course. Or perhaps one known characters as a regular from one of the earlier series.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting Longterm Stargate Fan! :-)

  • #3

    Alycia (Monday, 28 July 2014 20:55)

    I have been a fan of Stargate since I was little, like five or six. I really loved it and was so sad to see it go away. I have rewatched it tons of times and am stuff able to find things out I didn't know about it before. That's the key to a great show, make it to were the fans want to watch it again and again, and always be able to find something new to love about it.
    I think doing another Tv series is the best option, and keep it with the same universe. Don't go and change everything on the fans, that's the best way to lose fans quick. You want to have the old fans coming back and new ones starting up. One reason I think Universe failed is because it took a hot stinking dump on everything that Stargate held dear, then blew it up. Nothing made sense, it was all about drama, and Stargate is supposed to be about ADVENTURE!!!!!!! So, if their going to do anything, remember to have humor, keep the drama to when it's necessary, don't do things to dark, and don't totally mess everything up by contradicting yourself at every turn and dumbing things down. That's all I have to say on the subject.

  • #4

    SF Series And Movies (Monday, 28 July 2014 21:13)

    Well said. :-)

  • #5

    Sheila Miller (Monday, 01 December 2014 20:11)

    I am way over "reboot" movies! I would turn my cab le back on to be able to watch Stargate again. I'm torn between old and new but a blend maybe? I never could connect with SGU, recently watched Atlantis and found some connection but SG-sg1, the original Stargate movie and all the SG1 movies I definately made a connection with. As long as you do it for the love of the franchise and not to make a quick dollar I would watch!

  • #6

    Jesus (Friday, 26 December 2014 10:20)

    I love the SG1 spirit.. explore and discover new cultures to be friends. I dont Know how a new release can follow that spirit.

  • #7

    Nika Dixon (Monday, 12 January 2015 00:44)

    I am still such a huge fan of the Stargate series and while I would love to see a return of the show in any form, I understand that the audience isn't necessarily there for a big-screen theatrical reboot. I do wonder why they don't pitch a short-run mini-series -- the way '24' re-ran their most recent installment. There's no reason they couldn't do a short run committment with a closed storyline (not a huge cliffhanger) and sell it as a 10 or 13 week (half-season) run. New characters mixed in with returning characters.... the possiblities are endless.

  • #8

    Jay Joshua (Sunday, 22 February 2015 18:06)

    I've grown up with stargate and have loved addicting other people to it all the while. The thing I think needs done is a reboot (and I don't like reboots at all) of universe. The main reason it failed is because unlike SG1 and Atlantis where the team worked together and became friends or even family, they were constantly stabbing each other in the back and lying and basically it was like watching really bad daytime tv. The idea of the ship and the struggle to survive while exploring the unknown has in my opinion a lot of potential.

  • #9

    SF Series And Movies (Monday, 23 February 2015 19:23)

    Thanks for commenting Nika & Jay.
    Must say, I like the mini series idea a lot

    Regarding a reboot of SGU, I am all for it, but I DID like Universe a lot. It was vastly different than it's presedessors but I did not mind at all.

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