A year-long auction of Stargate memorabilia has begun. The auction, run by the same company that did last year’s Battlestar Galactica sell-off, is supposedly of items that the production company knew they’d not need for future movies. (via)
Of course, this only reinforces the fan perception that the new straight-to-DVD movies will never happen. MGM has been unable to gather the funding to launch them in the current economy. But after 15 years, one can imagine that their prop storage is full to busting at the seams. Still, Stargate fans enjoy some good angst, so the worry continues.
Actor David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) has proposed another idea on his Twitter, though:
Okay, here’s the plan: We buy everything, put it all back together, and then we make the Stargate Atlantis movie. http://bit.ly/8qJ2tQ
David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) is fairly convinced that the lack of contact with the show’s producers means there will be no Atlantis movie. And it makes him sad.
But the newbies to the franchise are enjoying the hype that comes with a new (and still supported) show at the Television Critics Association:
- The ladies get caught doing Wookiee impressions (two e’s people…geez)
- David Blue outs himself…as a geek (no surprise to anyone following his Tweets) and Lou Diamond Phillips scores the biggest laugh of the panel in this summary.
- And the producers try changing tacks from the earliest marketing disaster to saying they’re trying to “broaden” the Stargate appeal.
Well, look who’s been a bit lazy! So what’s been happening around the Gate, lately?
Now, everyone giving Stargate Universe a hard time should stop and appreciate the enthusiasm coming into this project (well, if Brian J. Smith is any indication). The brave man takes his first step into fandom by granting an interview with GateWorld. He can’t be all bad, though. He admits to being a “Trekkie.” <sic>
In related news, writer Joseph Mallozzi shares that Robert Carlyle will get to keep that lovely accent for the show. (Ahh…Scottish accents on Stargate.)
Those still mourning Atlantis and worrying about the fate of her actors will be happy to know that David Hewlett appears to be making progress on his sci-fi comedy Starcrossed first featured in his movie A Dog’s Breakfast. Keep your fingers crossed it makes it out of Development Hell. We don’t need any more ghost shows on SciFi.
During a press conference for her series Sanctuary (debuting tonight on SciFi), Amanda Tapping told reporters that both the SG1 and SGA movies will be filming at the same time next year. Sounds like they’re shooting for late spring or early summer.
Just like a big ol’ family reunion!
In the meantime, Mitch Pileggi (Colonel Caldwell) is glad for his time on Atlantis and other series, but still gets frustrated that he’s still associated with X-Files after all this time. You’ll always be the Colonel to the Gate Geeks, Mitch!
And finally, a big ol’ juicy set of spoilery SGA pictures and some fangirlish squee on io9. I’m totally with you, Meredith!
Tonight! Tonight is the long-awaited showdown between two of the fastest talkers in the business: Michael Shanks and David Hewlett. Yes, Daniel Jackson and Rodney McKay head out on what’s being described as a “heist movie” in tonight’s episode First Contact. (The fact that it represents the mid-season break will not depress me in the least.)
- Michael’s pretty excited about it and also about some other projects.
- Writer Martin Gero is also pretty excited, but a little frustrated that he wrote 64 pages for those two (an obscene amount of pages for a TV show) and they still didn’t run over time.
Oh, just go watch “the best [and last] season ever.”
Apparently a very good time was had by all at the Stargate Atlantis series wrap party. David Hewlett Twittered about his hangover. And, according to producer Joe Mallozzi, everyone was having way too much fun to even pay attention to the final speeches and tribute video (to be included on the Season 5 DVD set). But there are lots of fun pictures of most everyone and significant others.
Over in GateWorld land, they interview Gary Jones (aka Walter, SG1’s favorite gate technician) and Janina Gavankar, a newly-introduced female kick butt character.
Okay. The grieving process continues in Stargate fandom. The Save Atlantis sites proliferate and are about to merge into one. There’s talk of lemons and monkeys. (Huh?)
We’re starting to get reaction on the cancellation from David Hewlett, David Nykl and Chuck “Chucknician” Campbell. But story ideas are already brewing for the impending movie. So there’s still things to look forward to.
And we continue to enjoy this season after last week’s amazing episode The Shrine. Director Andy Mikita gives the official site some background on the episode. Rachel Luttrell talks about incorporating her pregnancy into the show ahead of the upcoming premiere of Season 5 in Canada.
In the meantime, we have the official announcement and basic premise for the new series Stargate Universe which will arrive in the summer of 2009.
So a great hue and cry has gone up from the ranks of fans with much anger directed at both SciFi and MGM for cancelling Atlantis. And there are the inevitable sites going up as the fans work through the grief process. However, the producers are saying that it was a mutual decision in order to launch the Stargate Atlantis movies while the brand was still strong.
Joe Mallozzi shares that the cast and crew were told before word leaked out. (A bit of a rarity, in this day and age.) And he also shares that the 100th and last episode will not be a cliffhanger, as previously reported, but should leave us wanting more.
David Hewlett Twittered that he’s a bit bummed, but is philosophical about the actor’s life. No official word, yet, from the other main actors.
On the happier side of Stargate news, although the producers aren’t yet acknowledging it, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the new series Stargate Universe has been greenlighted. (Although anytime someone in Hollywood says “younger vibe,” I get nervous.) So…new series and movies from the prior ones!
And tonight’s episode, The Shrine, is getting huge buzz as being one of the most moving of the series.
It should be an interesting Dragon*Con next weekend!
Since I’m a romantic sap, I’m going to kick off this week’s update with pictures from David Hewlett‘s wedding to The Lovely (TM) Jane Loughman. Being a true geek, David knew the importance of getting coverage out online before horrible camera phone pictures snuck out. Best wishes to them both!
More pictures, but this time of the official variety with the official promo shots for Season 5.
While Stargate Atlantis enjoys a hiatus before its July 11th return, the official site teases us about Continuum by posting a video touting the return of the great Richard Dean Anderson.