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Stargate Origins Announced at SDCC

But is it what fans want?

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San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) got underway last night and boy have we received a tonne of news to talk about already! First up, and probably one of the biggest talking points of the day is MGM’s behemoth of a franchise Stargate.

Its been 6 years since the final episode of Stargate: Universe graced our screens and the conclusion to that particular spin off left a lot of the fan base disgruntled. Last year we were teased with the idea that shows creators Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner were working on a reboot of the entire universe. Fast forward to this years SDCC and we finally have news.

It turns out that MGM will, in fact, begin filming on a brand new Stargate franchise next month and that franchise is…..* dramatic drum roll* Stargate Origins.

It will focus on a young Catherine Langford as she tries to understand the consequence of her father’s discovery of the Stargate in Giza, Egypt in the 1920s. The character was played by Viveca Lindfors in the ’94 Stargate and Elizabeth Hoffman in a few episodes of SG-1. The series is written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan.

Yep, that’s right, we are getting yet another prequel, but wait there’s more. The 10 episode mini series will be launched in the autumn and be exclusively on a brand new dedicated streaming platform called Stargate command.

“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 and New Platforms at MGM in a statement. “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 fan base to continue to enjoy news and content, both old and new,” added 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.”

The news hasn’t gone down to well with fans as some pointed out that the concept ignores a fundamental part of the canon of Stargate: SG1 by having the gate used before the 1950’s. Which has lead some to speculate that this may, in fact, be a complete reboot of the franchise? Pair this alongside the mounting displeasure with Star Trek: Discovery and you have to ask, are we sick and tired of prequels of old franchises? Just what exactly is stopping studio executives from pushing forward? Why are they so obsessed with constricting writers rather than freeing their imaginations and allowing these established universes to thrive and continue to grow?

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