Huzzah!  As hoped, I completed a first draft of the script today: four acts and a teaser, 53 glorious pages, and oodles of fun!  I’m very pleased.  This weekend, I’ll do a pass on what I have and then redirect my focus to the series bible.  Whenever Paul is done with his script we’ll swap, revise as necessary, then get them out to Rob, Alex, and the rest of the gang for notes.  Finally, once their notes have been incorporated, the scripts will be delivered and we’ll spend the following week on pins and needles, impatiently awaiting the verdict.  If all goes well and all parties sign off, we should be in Toronto by mid-March spinning stories.  Failing that, some other interesting opportunities are suddenly waiting in the wings.

Also this weekend, I should really get around to putting away those boxes I brought back from the office.  They’re filled years of Stargate material including Art Department packages, network notes, and more than a few interesting items:

SG-1 Goa'uld Pain Stick! Man, could I put this to good use!
SGU first season commemorative t-shirt!
And, of course, THAT script. For what it's worth, it involved a return mission to Pegasus, the tragic end of one relationship, the beginning of another, and a surprising progression in the alliance between one man and one wraith.

I received a text message from Tom at Refuel the other day.  He’d read I was Toronto-bound and suggested I drop by for one final, glorious meal before I leave Vancouver.  I’ve had some fantastic meals at Refuel (and its former incarnation, Fuel) and the thought of sitting down to an extra-special dinner has me very excited. Apparently, Chefs Rob and Ted are already throwing ideas around for dishes.

Mailbag:

Randonmness writes: “Did anyone else see this? http://twitter.com/Syfy/status/36112527372845056 Basically Syfy saying if they had the choice, Stargate Universe wouldn’t be a Stargate show.”

Answer: Not sure that was the intention of the response but, if it was, then that’s complete and utter bullshit.  When Brad and Robert pitched SyFy the idea for Stargate: Universe, the network was VERY excited about the prospect of taking the Stargate brand in a new direction – specifically, a darker and more dramatic direction.  It’s not as if Brad and Robert shoved the show down their throats.  In fact, quite the opposite. SyFy HEAVILY courted them and made it clear that SGU was the type of show they wanted on their network.

Randomness also writes: “Craig who runs Syfys twitter also mentioned that the channel was contracted for 2 seasons. So regardless of how well or bad Season 1 did, they were obligated to give a new season.”

Answer: Also, as the Japanese would say: “Chotto bullshit”.  The second season pick-up for the series was conditional on the performance of the first ten episodes of season 1. Those first ten episodes had to  hit an agreed-upon average rating for the second season pick-up to kick in.  If it had fallen below that threshold, SyFy would have been under no obligation to pick us up.

Bailey writes: “Joe, I am just wondering how things work in show biz with the deals and negotiations and stuff. Do writers let their agents handle almost everything to do with the contract, or do you guys get personally involved with all the finances and detail? Do producers and directors have agents to take care of that kind of thing?”

Answer: We have an agent (actually two – one for the Canadian market and another for the U.S. market) and a lawyer who handle the negotiations and contracts.  Of course, they’ll always keep us updated on any developments and apprised of the various offers and counter-offers.  Of course, that’s mainly for Paul’s benefit because I just do it for the love of the art.

dixoholster writes: “Maybe its a good time to ask if Cooper really had creative differences with Brad and thats why he left early right?”

Answer: Wrong.  Rob left because,  after 13+ years of working on the same franchise, he wanted to do something different.  And, since leaving, he’s been pretty damn busy doing just that.

Chance writes: “If you are no longer involved with the Stargate franchise who can we go to for our behind the scenes/insider information on all things Stargate?”

Answer: Whenever production starts up again, I’m sure there will be more than enough actors and behind-the-scenes personnel twittering to keep you well-updated on all the latest Stargately developments.

hal ehlrich writes: “If they were to order a 3rd season are you guys willing and able to do it ? Or are you guys wanting to go with your “new plan ” ..”

Answer: It depends who you mean by “you guys”.  While I would love to continue work on Stargate, it looks like recent commitments will keep me busy on other projects for some time.

Narelle from Aus writes: “Do your new employers know you come with a bunch of online craz- I mean characters?”

Answer: They do now!

t’loc writes: “I don’t know if joe mentioned this before, but will the production that joe is currently speaking about be shown in the US or is it a canadian only production?”

Answer: Like Stargate, it will be shot in Canada but air all over the world, including the U.S.

avabird writes: “It was a production list from a Teamsters union, and one of the projects listed was a Stargate production. Any enlightenment?”

Answer: That’s a mistake.  Wish it were true, but it isn’t.

crazymom1 writes: “What if you get hired by a show I’m not interested in?”

Answer: You may not be interested at first but watch an episode and you’ll be hooked.

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Lisa R
Lisa R

Nice to see you post before I go to bed. Thanks for the pictures and the clarifications in the mailbag. I’m hoping my hubby finds employment as fast as you’re seeming to.

Have a good weekend!!

majorsal
majorsal

hi, joe,

do you ‘have’ to move? couldn’t you do conference calls and exchanging emails with info and such?

i’m not an expert on this at all, but if you were very much wanting to stay in vancouver, couldn’t there be a way of doing that, but also still being a writer for this new show?

or are you a producer too, and need to be ‘on’ set?

Les Ferris
Les Ferris

Hey Joe

Is there any chance we’ll ever get to learn the details of what the SG1 and SGA films where going to be about?

Chris

Well, if you think that this new show is good then it must be great because SGU is amazing.

I was actually the guy who asked Craig Engler about the ratings. I don’t really know what to say. I’ve got two different answers to the question >.<

In any case, glad to read the update! smile

Major D. Davis
Major D. Davis

Seeing Extinction got me depressed….

Upon close examination of the page… it looks like theres some dialogue between “astronaut” or “astronomers”. Am I on to something?

Thasc
Thasc

I can read ‘that should be good enough for now’ from one of the astronauts! They’re clearly verbing a noun!

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello.

Does that fact that you referred to that script as “that script” mean it will never see the green light of a production schedule?

Best Wishes,

Bryan

vidrine
vidrine

i have a good idea about how the 9th ceveron works just that it takes too long to explain please contact me for better details

Airelle
Airelle

I just knew the guys at Refuel wouldn’t let you go without a super delicious foodie sendoff. Looking forward to the pictures. I hope you get the doggy dilemna sorted out to your satisfaction and theirs. Good luck on the new show. Still up in the air stuff about other winging opportunities, man things have got to settle soon, right?? Sleep well.

Bailey
Bailey

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
I want to see what’s in THAT Script!!!!!!!!
I’ll send your doggies (diet) crunchy bones if you post some more details from the story!

KEK
KEK

Joe, do you believe the studio/writers would ever consent to their movie scripts, or planned resolutions to SGU be turned into canon novels should all other options be exhausted? It seems to be a relatively risk free way of concluding the storylines, and SGU especially would lend itself to the novel format I think.

Deni
Deni

Oy, you just had to show us that script, didn’t you? Now I at least HAVE to know which relationship had a tragic ending! Come on, Joe, that’s just mean! On the other hand, maybe it’s best to leave things the way they are, at least everyone was relatively happy. smile Still, arrrgghhh! I hate you.

Tenacious D
Tenacious D

Oh, SyFy. You remind me so much of Peter Kavanagh. So busy spinning complete bullshit to cover your own ass, to the point where the writer of your show literally has to berate you like Weir did.

Also, since it looks like “that script” will never see the back side of a DVD/Blu ray ever, have you thought of another selling medium like a comic or novel? There are plenty of fans who may not tune in to the show the way you want, but would be very happy to snatch up the book.

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Joe said:

And, of course, THAT script. For what it’s worth, it involved

a return mission to Pegasus

YAY! But I bet the IOA didn’t let them go quietly

the tragic end of one relationship

Well I’m sure you wouldn’t kill Keller for real so I’m going with Kanaan dying…wraithed in front of Teyla

the beginning of another

I’m going with Ronon and Amelia…they were cute together

and a surprising progression in the alliance between one man and one wraith

hmmm…what could surprise me in the Todd/Sheppard relationship…you wouldn’t go THERE would you? LOL What if Sheppard risks his life to save Todd…hmmm maybe….then introduces him to beer on the pier…

How did I do? I have been told I’m always wrong…it’s my gift.

Don’t forget the calendar Joe…I’ll have another image to hang up in TO soon…really could do with a photo of you looking diagonally….please?

Cheers, Chev

Ponytail
Ponytail

Gross! I just sneezed with a mouth FULL of chocolate. Now I have a hand full of chocolate. Don’t ya just hate when that happens Joe?

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I LOVE that Season 1 SGU t-shirt…you’ve never even worn it? You could send it to me Joe. I would wear it ALL the time #justsaying wink ….name your price!

Cheers, Chev

N
N

If you got a chance to make Extinction movie would it the script change in accordance to the Legacy series book

Good luck with your future projects

Phillip Capestany
Phillip Capestany

Mr. Mallozzi,

Having worked in the technical side of the entertainment business most of my professional career I know first hand what it is like to put your heart and soul into a project only to have your heart ripped out after someone else decided that “the numbers aren’t there anymore.” I know that you are fighting hard to give new life the SGU and the whole Stargate franchise, have you approached Starz Network about picking up the franchise? They saved Tourchwood and are producing more scifi and fantasy based series. the union of the two would open the doors for other scifi based television series.
I have another question for you, I see that you have written the scripts for the return of SGA and I have read about scripts for SG1 as well, if in the end doesn’t look promising for the return of the franchise to television could you not have the scripts turned into book so that the franchise could be kept alive on the pages of a book and the imagination of the reader? I know that some of the scripts that didn’t make it air with Battlestar Galactica and Farscape were turned into books keeping the franchise alive for the fans. I know in the end everyone involved needs to get paid in way or another but in the end isn’t it about the “fans” the reason we do what we do? To bring our creative outlets alive so that others may enjoy what we imagine. Your the creator or designer of a universe and us, the techies that bring your “universe” to life with props, sets, sound effects and lighting. I know I would give just about “anything” to read the scripts that have been written instead of having that feeling empty handed like I have been left so many times in the past with some of the other scifi shows that I have enjoyed in the past. Earth-2, Space:above & beyond, Farscape and Defying Gravity. Speaking as a fan, even if it was in the form of a book, I would rather have some sort of closure than feel “what if or maybe.”

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Love Chev wink

Jake
Jake

Hey,im a huge fan of Stargate Atlantis (so is my mother). I’ve been trying to find out about the movie based on the show (if there’s gona be one) sorry to sound like so many others but i’ve searched the internet like crazy and can’t find a reliable source of information about it. Could you just tell me if there is gona be one or not,if so when is the release date if you can give out that information.

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Wondering who you’d use the pain stick on…I’m safe aren’t I? grin

Anyhoo…last night I, amongst thousands of Aussies, was amused by a random tweet from @nab (National Australia Bank official twitter account):

@nab NAB
“Sooooo stressed out. Have to make a tough decision and I know I’ll probably hurt someone’s feelings! Arrggghhh.”

Everyone speculated that some poor staff member tweeted on the work instead of their personal account….lots of laughs and advice was dispensed to them

Then this morning’s tweet:

@nab NAB
“Thanks for your concern everyone. Relationships can be tough sometimes! Good advice helped http://youtube.com/nab

The vid is about results of a relationship survey the bank did.

I remember the days when banks used to screw me over with fees…now they want to help with my love life?

*rollseyes*

Would you take relationship advice from a bank Joe?

Cheers, Chev

Cheers, Chev

Guillaume
Guillaume

Question about SGU and how Scyfy decides new season:
Joe, do you seriously find it normal that the next season of a show is decided upon the first 10 episodes of a previous season ? I mean that alone should be a red flag that it’s not worth doing business with a such channel IMO.
Frankly (and also respectfully said) Scyfy is full of it. Picking up a Wrestling slot for Friday night says alone how much that channel respects its audience.
And I can say it while remaining polite and respectful: Scyfy goes for the easy immediate/instant money. That channel completely lost my respect. Hopefully YOU, Joseph Mallozzi, will do a better work elsewhere for a worthy network. Lets all get over this.
Last 10 SGU episodes will be a little bit bittersweet though.

Guillaume
Guillaume

And to complete what I wrote before, SGU’s fate was not decided over the ratings of the 10 first episodes of Season 2.

1- Just moving the show schedule you lost a part of the public. I mean you lost 2-3 episodes (down to 8 deciding episodes)
2- Elections nights did cost 2 nights of ratings (down to 6 deciding episodes).
3- The Chilean minors (no matter how much I admired them) did cost at least 1 rating night to SGU (down to 5 episodes).

so… 5 episodes to decide the fate of a 14 years TV franchise… I mean … really… REALLY ????

anneteldy
anneteldy

and a surprising progression in the alliance between one man and one wraith.

And the slash fans go wild! grin

Anne Teldy

hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

Hey Joe:
I am sure you must know what you were going to stir up by showing the Exticntion script!!!
What is the status of the script as far as rights to it ?
Are you able to do whatever you want with it, or does MGM own it ?
If you own it and not MGM is there any way you might be able to do something with the script ?
I would give my right arm to read that script along with Revolution!
How about a contest and the winner gets the scripts….
Also can you send me the goa’uld pain stick ?
I am your #1 fan and would love it !