MGM is reviving its popular Stargate franchise, by giving the green light to Stargate Origins, a 10-episode digital series following fan favourite Catherine Langford. In addition, MGM announced Stargate Command, a subscription-based digital platform and fan experience, which will be the exclusive home for the new series. The announcement was made during MGM’s Comic-Con panel and timed with the 20th anniversary of the Stargate-SG-1 TV series.
Written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan Stargate Origins will explore a brand new chapter in Catherine Langford’s early history surrounding the strange gateway to other planets. Young Catherine embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness.
MGM’s Digital Group and entertainment studio New Form are producing and shooting is slated to begin next month.
MGM’s Stargate initiative follows CBS’ move to revive a sci-fi franchise to help launch a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service with its Star Trek Discovery series. The new iteration is set to make its debut this fall with a special broadcast premiere, and all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access subscription streaming service.
“We’ve been eager to revisit the Stargate franchise, and create an all-new story that honours the founding mythos and gives loyal fans more mystery and adventure,” said Kevin Conroy, President of Digital & 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 saw a need for a definitive hub for the Stargate fanbase to continue to enjoy news and content, both old and new,” adds Chris Ottinger, President, Worldwide Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM. “Stargate Command will open a new door for the community to celebrate and interact with all content in a way that has never been done before.”
Stargate SG-1 is one of the longest-running science-fiction series in US television history. I imagine this is not the announcement many fans were hoping for. A Stargate Universe revival would be more welcoming considering the crew of Destiny were left in stasis floating around the universe.