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New Stargate Movie and Spinoff

Postby spudthedestroyer on Wed May 10, 2006 10:22 am

MGM planning Stargate film, third series
SUNDAY - MAY 7, 2006
by Darren Sumner

Stargate owner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television has big plans for its hit sci-fi franchise, according to executive vice president Charles Cohen. In a new article at Multichannel News, Cohen discusses Stargate SG-1's two-hundredth episode milestone and where the valuable franchise is headed.

Cohen "says MGM 'intends' to develop a theatrical movie 'derived from the series over the last 10 years' that would ideally 'dovetail' into a third Stargate television show," according to the report.

A theatrical movie based on SG-1 would not have to wait for the series to end -- though the show's producers have been eager to do one for years, and point to the TV series' continued success as the reason it has yet to come to pass. Nor does it mean the show can't continue after a film is released. Cohen said that feature films would "not in any way impair the television run" of Stargate SG-1.

That run may inevitably come to an end for other reasons, though, as the climbing salaries inherent to a long-running series erode the profit that the company is able to make through cable licensing, syndication, and DVD sales.

"The economics of producing a show make it impossible," executive producer Robert C. Cooper told Multichannel. "The simple fact is that salaries go up incrementally as seasons continue. At some point, it just reaches the place where there's no profit to be made." (Executive producer Brad Wright recently spoke to GateWorld on this subject.)

Nevertheless, Cohen suggests that three Stargate series could run concurrently. Network television franchises such as Law & Order and CSI have proved that such a model can work. "If you look at SG-1 -- with bringing in Claudia [Black], Ben [Browder], and Beau [Bridges] -- we've retooled the series with it still being SG-1," he said. "I'd like to see SG-1 go another 10 years. I love the show. I'd like to keep it on forever and keep adding to it."

"It's very ambitious," Cohen laughed. "Brad and Rob will cringe."

Stargate is MGM's flagship television property, and has been compared to its James Bond film franchises as a long-term brand for the studio.

"Stargate on the television side represents the same type of dynamic franchise [as the James Bond movies] for us," Cohen said. "It's enormously important both in terms of what it contributes financially but also what it does for our image."

Though MGM finances most of its film projects 50/50 with new owner Sony (actually a shareholder in a consortium of investers that purchased the studio last year), Stargate is one that MGM stills finances in its entirety. "Stargate we own and finance 100 percent, and we're very supportive of it," Cohen said. "We're putting more money into the shows. It's very important to us that this series not only continue but maintain or exceed the quality of what came before. For instance, we're putting Richard Dean Anderson back in the show. We felt it was great for the fan base. That required some money that we hadn't budgeted, but we were very happy to spend."

And there's more to be made than through the traditional television and DVD channels in the digital age: No doubt much to fans' delight, Multichannel reports that an episode downloaded deal, via iTunes, is currently in negotiations. Other populer series, including NBC Universal's Battlestar Galactica, sell new episodes on iTunes for $1.99 each immediately after the first U.S. broadcast.

Whether or not a series bears the name "SG-1," the future of the Stargate franchise is bright indeed.

The tenth season of Stargate SG-1 premieres July 14 on SCI FI Channel in the U.S., and this fall on Sky One in the United Kingdom.

(Thanks to tsaxlady and Denise for the tip)


@ GateWorld



Personally, i think they are really over doing it now, but i've never been down with the whole Stargate thing.
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Postby dinky on Wed May 10, 2006 1:53 pm

I remember being disappointed when I saw the first movie and realized it was a "modern" sci-fi (not removed in space or time but 'based' on earth - even though it takes place off planet). the whole elaborate reworking of egyptian myth/theology felt like some lame ploy to bring aliens and predators on earth in 2004 (i.e., whenever the movie actually premiered)...so to speak.

anyway, I could never be arsed to watch the series, but I don't hate it. strangely, I've seen so much Star Trek stuff, but somehow (magically) prefer the Stargate stuff. I think it has something to do with the uniforms. :wacky:
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Postby Jynks on Wed May 10, 2006 10:08 pm

so if i readthat right we are looking at SG1 ending after season 10?
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Thu May 11, 2006 8:28 am

Jynks wrote:so if i readthat right we are looking at SG1 ending after season 10?


Is it too cynical to say, we can only hope? :lol:
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Postby dinky on Thu May 11, 2006 2:14 pm

:lol: you must realize that the end of SG1 isn't going to bring back farscape, right? so now it's just sadistic pleasure. ;)
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Thu May 11, 2006 4:46 pm

well less crap things in the world is fine by me. I still think they should cancel things before it gets too late. Like, say, The Simpsons?
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Postby Jynks on Sat May 13, 2006 11:29 am

I like stargate SG1 and Atlantis... in fact I think they should just kick off all the old crew (only T'elc, Carter and Jackson left) replace them and BANG it is as if you have a new TV show set in the same universe.
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Postby dinky on Sat May 13, 2006 12:04 pm

spudthedestroyer wrote:well less crap things in the world is fine by me. I still think they should cancel things before it gets too late. Like, say, The Simpsons?

heh. fair enough.

on a completely off topic...topic: have you noticed that there are sometimes gaps beneath signatures and sometimes there aren't? am I not dl the entire page? using ff with pipelining maxrequests set to 15. all other related things are stock.
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Sat May 13, 2006 4:41 pm

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spudthedestroyer wrote:well less crap things in the world is fine by me. I still think they should cancel things before it gets too late. Like, say, The Simpsons?

heh. fair enough.

on a completely off topic...topic: have you noticed that there are sometimes gaps beneath signatures and sometimes there aren't? am I not dl the entire page? using ff with pipelining maxrequests set to 15. all other related things are stock.


I hate you, so i installed a feature that inserts vspace of doom, to gnaw away at you as it is doing now.

Why not be a man and take charge... say to your self, i'm not going to let html push me around.

Then try something like:
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<div valign="top"></div>

if your using a div, or similarly valign="top" if your using a table and see if that nadgers it, looks fine in whatisreal
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Postby dinky on Mon May 15, 2006 3:25 am

:? you think it's a problem with the code in my sig? it seems to occur randomly in everyone's sig.

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the poorly rendered text at the bottom is supposed to say "you can't see it, but there's no space under this one"
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Mon May 15, 2006 9:55 am

Well i thought u meant the little gap at the top of your signature not something that obvious, and impossible to do it any other way without looking stupid. i don't want to point this out (yes i do, cos i'm a bastard :lol:) but have you looked at the size of the avatars slightly to the left of the posts?
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If you don't us padding the cells wouldn't align. how can you not notice that? :lol: :googley: I mean it doesn't make sense not to do it, visually the member info wouldn't align with the post. Out of curiousity, why has it taken you 3+years to notice? or did you just notice now? Take a look at the last two posts in this thread too:
http://www.fileheaven.org/forum/viewtop ... 524#532524

Damn, don't feel bad though, i just had to break news about the "view last post feature" that's standard in phpbb. They did a similar looking straight at it for years and not being able to see the obvious answer dealie. :lol:

ps. site development section please :eatthis:
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Postby dinky on Mon May 15, 2006 2:10 pm

:lol:

heh that was really bugging me too.

I just noticed now cuz I was actully focusing on the sig when trying to get the table thing right. :mrgreen:

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