Following a surprise announcement earlier this year, the Stargate franchise is well and truly up and running with production now underway on Stargate: Origins. The new story fills in some of the gaps between the movie and Stargate SG-1 and takes us back to the beginning, a decade after Paul Langford discovered the Stargate at a dig in Giza in 1928.
The story follows his daughter Catherine – first seen in the original film and recurring on SG-1- as a young woman on an adventure involving the gate. It’s established in canon that the gate wasn’t successfully opened until much later but you should never let canon get in the way of a good story.
Web series used to mean low production, small casts, filmed on green screens with next to no budget but this looks like it has absolutely sumptuous production values. The sets seen in this video look epic and a quick stalk of the cast’s Instagram profiles reveals they’ve been doing location shooting in the Sahara.
The new show is to be hosted on subscription website Stargate Command, which hosts the entire Stargate back catalogue including 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1, five seasons of Stargate Atlantis and two seasons of Stargate Universe as well as the movie and TV movies, The Ark of Truth and Continuum. There will be 10 episodes, each no more than 10 minutes long, coming together to create a new TV movie.
This is MGM dipping its toes back into Stargate’s event horizon following the cancellation of Universe after just a couple of years and the proposed revival of the movie series with creators Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich failing to come to fruition.
If successful, this could result in a full series perhaps with a pitch to a cable network, and there’s the potential to produce further web series online, bringing back other recognisable characters in the hope to bring in further global subscribers.
Ellie Gall stars as the young Catherine Langford with Stargate veteran Connor Trinneer as Professor Paul Langford. Mercedes Bryce Morgan is in the director’s chair with a script from Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry.