Some preliminary details about the next Stargate spinoff series have been revealed by Brad Wright
, executive producer of SG-1 and Atlantis.
It's all just a rough idea at this point, and they've said that they'll probably wait until Atlantis finishes up its run before even starting it.
The basic concept is that millions of years ago, the Ancients sent out an automated ship to seed planets across the universe with Stargates. A while after that, they sent out an inhabited ship to follow after that and explore around. That's pretty much it so far. They haven't said who is going to be on the ship, if that's where the central story originates from, or even what point in time the show happens.
One more detail is that using a 9-chevron address will connect to the original ship that was sent out.
They're saying that the idea will be expensive, (probably through more on-location shots and more special effects) and that they won't go through with it if they have to cut corners.
It'll be interesting to see if this show ever actually happens and what they do with it.
Here's the first picture of the SGU main cast:
Filming for the new show started a couple of months ago. Sources point to the premier airing on October 2nd
with a two hour show, and then running back to back with Amanda Tapping's show, Sanctuary
, on Friday nights.
As far as we know, the story is still pretty much planned as what I said above, except it will still take place in the established universe and timeline. The SGC will discover how to use the 9th chevron and a crew will go through the gate and get stuck on the ship called Destiny, set up a pre-determined course, following the Stargate seeding ship. Due to the nature of being stuck on a ship in another galaxy, they're likely to not have much contact with the SGC. It's going to be generally a younger, less experienced crew, but the creators have promised it's not going to be Stargate: 90210.
There are rumors that Michael Shanks may have a guest appearance as good ol' Dr. Daniel Jackson in the premier.
It's going to be a three-part premier, with the first two hours of it (titled Air
) running on one night, and the third on the next week.
The general description is as follows:
When a research team is forced to evacuate their secret base, they find themselves on board an Ancient vessel that is millions of years old -- with failing life support and no way to gate home.
They're going for a theme with the first few episode titles, with the next ones being Fire
, and Earth
. The next few continue the single-word title convention, being Life
, and Space
Here's the lowdown on the crew:
Dr. Nicholas Rush
Played By: Robert Carlyle
When a group of scientists and soldiers find themselves trapped on an Ancient ship in the far reaches of space, Dr. Rush works to unlock the mysteries of the Ancient ship Destiny and return the group home. But evidence of his ulterior motives soon arises.
Colonel Everett Young
Played By: Justin Louis
Colonel Young requested to serve the remainder of his commission on Earth upon marrying his wife, Hailey, two years ago, but for now he commands a secret off-world base. The loss of two members of his team several years ago has taught him to be prepared for anything.
Lt. Matthew Scott
Played By: Brian J. Smith
Green and rough around the edges, Lt. Scott is thrust into the role of leader well before he is ready for the responsibility. He must learn to command, earn the respect of his people through action, and manage the diverse personalities aboard the ship.
MSgt. Tamara Johansen
Played By: Alaina Huffman
Beautiful, tough, and from a modest background, Tamara joined the Air Force when she couldn’t afford medical school. With only paramedic-level training, she ends up being the most medically inclined person on the ship — but is overwhelmed by her lack of knowledge and experience.
Played By: David Blue
Eli is a total slacker … who just happens to be an utter genius with anything he puts his mind to, be it computers, mathematics, video games, or anything else. A lack of confidence has left him with an acerbic sense of humor.
Played By: Elyse Levesque
Stunning and sexy, Chloe is the daughter of a U.S. Senator. She had a silver spoon upbringing and is a little spoiled … but politically and socially savvy. She dreams of following in her father’s footsteps, but the dire circumstances of being trapped on a spaceship seriously tests her character.
MSgt. Ronald Greer
Played By: Jamil Walker Smith
Sergeant Greer is a Marine with an explosive temper that he finds hard to control. His past is a mystery, but it’s clear that something dark formed the hard shell around him. He seeks out enemy combat for the thrill and release of killing.
Played By: Ming-Na
A caustic representative of the international body that oversees the Stargate program and all related projects. When she is taken to the Destiny against her will, she is furious and certain to make her opinions on command decisions known.
Played By: Lou Diamond Phillips
A lifelong military man and the chosen leader of the ill-fated expedition. It is not yet known if Phillips will be a full-time, permanent member of SGU’s cast or if he’ll be a recurring or one-off guest star. Stargate Atlantis launched with a big guest appearance by Robert Patrick (“Col. Marshall Sumner”), whose character was killed off in the pilot episode.
From the looks of the teaser that was aired during BSG's finale on Friday night, it seems that they're trying to set a different tone with this series.
Credit to gateworld.net for the info.
In other news, an Atlantis movie is in the works, as well as a 3rd SG-1 movie, which will focus more around Jack.