Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Quick hits keeping you updated on sci fi and fantasy television news.
Opening the Gate: In a recent interview, Stargate: SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright said that he has been in talks with MGM about bringing that franchise back to television. There are no specific plans at the moment and nothing is currently in development to speak of, but the studio is interested in discussing the “next step forward”. Following are Wright’s comments about where things stand:
We’ve had conversations about what may or may not be able to happen going forward. And it’s sort of starting from scratch in so many ways. And very much in the acknowledgment that whatever the next step forward is, it has to be of certain quality and honor the several hundred hours of show that’s already out there. I don’t mean ‘honor’ — I mean acknowledge it. And they agreed. That’s really still where we are. I don’t expect — and certainly don’t anyone expect — another television show to appear around the corner. But Stargate is an important part of their library … That’s all I can tell you! We’re working on it.
Stargate veteran Joseph Mallozi helped spearhead a campaign in 2018 to convince MGM that fans were eager for more from the franchise, and that may have been the catalyst to initiate these talks. Whether a new series would debut on the StargateCommand streaming service or a different venue remains to be seen. The web-series Stargate: Origins debuted there in 2017.
New Bug Hunt? A big screen reboot of the Starship Troopers franchise has been in the works for a few years, though that seems to be stuck in development Hell. Whether that goes forward or not remains to be seen, but the screen-writer of the 1997 film, Ed Neumeier, has indicated that there are talks of a TV series with the original cast. Casper Van Dein has already reprised his role as Johnny Rico in two of the direct to video sequels to the original movie and apparently Neumeier would like to get more of the original cast back together. He did not indicate that anything formal is in place at this point, but he apparently has an interest in jump-starting the franchise again, targeting the small screen.
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