The Stargate franchise has been dealt yet another crippling blow, but for once it wasn’t the SyFy Channel’s fault. Not directly, at least.
At the annual Vancouver Creation Stargate Convention, executive producer Brad Wright took the stage to give fans an update on the state of the franchise. The news, as reported by GateWorld.net, is far from what fans want to hear.
“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen,” Wright told the audience. “It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning.”
The fact is that everything Stargate is currently at a standstill, and there’s no sign of movement. That means no SG-1 movie, no Atlantis movie, and no attempt at a wrap-up for SGU in any form. No anything.
So who’s the blame for this disaster? Well I for one don’t blame Brad and the production team. Stargate has been their life for far too long and I have every faith that they did everything humanly possible to keep it going.
SyFy certainly started this chain of events with the cancellation of SGU, but in the long run, that in itself didn’t have to cause this stall out.
The blame for this sits squarely on MGM’s shoulders. Several months ago they had the excuse that they were in bankruptcy. Not anymore. MGM is fully bailed out with funds ready and waiting to be invested in both new projects and existing franchises. So this Stargate fan is asking, “where’s the money?” Why isn’t MGM putting money into their second-strongest franchise, next to James Bond?
I’d give my two front teeth to know.
What I do know for sure is that this could be the last chance for fans to stand up and say, “No! We aren’t going to stand by and watch Stargate go the way of the Farscape webisodes and Firefly, waiting years on the hope that there will be more someday.” I’ve said it multiple times, but not enough fans believed me. If you believe anything, I beg you to believe me when I say that this is the time for all the fans to band together and make ourselves heard. We have got to make MGM understand that we want more from the Stargate franchise and we want it now.
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