After 13 years of having him around, this comes as quite a shock.
Robert C. Cooper, the prolific writer, director, Executive Producer, creator of the Ori, the Stargate Atlantis spin-off, and developer of the newest member of the family, Stargate Universe, is moving on. He will leave after a panel at San Diego Comic-Con next month, though it will hopefully not be his last Stargate convention appearance.
Robert says the change is not because there is anything wrong, but because he feels a call to try something new. “I’m not leaving completely, actually — just stepping back to more of a consulting role for the end of this season,” he told GateWorld.net. “However, my credit will remain Executive Producer. We’ve already developed most of Season Two [of SGU] and I feel very confident leaving the show in good hands.”
Robert also plans on writing at least one more episode of the second season of Stargate Universe beyond the 2 he has already penned, ‘Aftermath’ and ‘Malice’.
It’s hard to say what kind of change Robert’s departure could have on the Stargate franchise. He is well known for writing many fan favoite episodes, such as ‘Torment of Tantalus’ and ‘The Fifth Race’ for SG-1, ‘Sateda’ and ‘Vegas’ for Stargate Atlantis, and ‘Time’, which emerged as an early fan favorite in Stargate Universe. It will certainly be a challenge for the remaining creative team to fill the gap.
It is also unclear if Robert would return if the Stargate SG-1 or Stargate Atlantis Movies ever finally go into production, given that Robert no doubt had a role in the development of the scripts.
One thing is for sure though. Wherever Robert Cooper goes, the magic that he brought to the Stargate franchise will follow. We Space Gypsies wish him the very best and look forward to following him on his new adventures!