Received an email from the lovely Tanja yesterday. She was our production coordinator for many, many years of the Stargate franchise and was in the offices the other day to coordinate the final wrap. Apparently, it was a very melancholy vibe as work began on de-rigging Stage 5 first. Stage 5, as you may or may not know, was home to Stargate: Universe’s Icarus base but, for many, many years before that, it held the standing sets for Stargate: SG-1: the SGC corridors, the infirmary, the control room, the briefing, Hammond’s office (later occupied by O’Neill, then Landry) and, of course, the gate room. Sad times indeed.
The news got me thinking about my many years on the franchise and the many great memories I took away. So, I was wondering: What were YOUR favorite memories of the franchise? Start thinking because, tomorrow, I’m going to tackle my first year on the franchise: SG’1 season four, and talk about some of MY favorite memories of that particular season.
In the here and now, meanwhile, work continues on Transporter: The Series as we get down to our next round of scripts. I was finally able to sit down and write the Tease of my second script (episode 5). I hope to make some major inroads this long weekend and aim to have half the script completed by mid next week before we head down to L.A. for the big casting to-do. Some very talented, very interesting people in the mix including a few familiar faces.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to blog regular Airelle. Otanjobi omedeto!
Taylor writes: “In relation to Stargate, what do you think the chances of MGM allowing the Scripts for the SG1, Atlantis, and perhaps SGU novelization would be?”
Answer: Unfortunately, I have no idea what MGM has planned for the future of Stargate and, specifically, the scripts for the SG-1 movie (Stargate: Revolution) and Atlantis movie (Stargate: Extinction). I would love to see them released in some for but, at the end of the day, it’s out of my hands. In the coming weeks, I’ll offer a little insight into the latter (since Carl and Brad were working on Revolution, I defer to them on providing details on the SG-1 movie), detailing the basic premise of the story and some of the interesting developments we had in store for the characters and, of course, the city of Atlantis itself.
Chance writes: ” If the sales of this are good, MGM would have to consider the possibility of making the Atlantis movie, which could lead to other movies for the other shows. Is this scenario plausible or is it just wishful thinking?”
Answer: As much as I hate to say it, that would just be wishful thinking. This chapter of the Stargate franchise (SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe) has apparently been closed and, if we see something in the (hopefully) not too distant future, I imagine it would be more something along the lines of a re-imagining of the brand.
jinx writes: “So where will the franchise go from here if they ever decide to resurrect it?”
Answer: No idea. That’s up to MGM.
dasNdanger writes: “Psst! Joey! You GOTTA ask Sparrow about the book she co-wrote. It tops anything you’ve ever done! AND it has pictures, too!”
Answer: Okay, I’m asking. Sparrow?
E writes: “Could you tell us what was the purple fruit about? There’s been two threads about it on GW, they’ve both been pulled because the discussion got very guttery and the third thread is barely surviving.”
Answer: That damn purple fruit. What the hell WAS it good for? We asked Rob this question (he wrote the script for Common Descent) and he simply shrugged and claimed he didn’t know. There was considerable speculation in the writers’ room, none of which can be repeated on this blog.
PBMom writes: ” How is Jelly feeling? Did the UTI clear up and is she back to her baseline?”
Answer: Jelly is doing much better, thanks. Still quite wobbly on those hind legs but otherwise in good spirits – especially when I carry her around.
cat4444 writes: “Hey, any chance we’ll find out anything more about the origin of the drones that keep attacking Destiny or was that something that would have been followed up in Season 3 had there been one?”
Answer: It may well have been a story we could have touched on in season 3. Although we never really sat down and discussed, the backstory for the drones I originally included in Resurgence – that was later cut for time – talked about the fact that they were a weapon created by one side in an interstellar conflict. It proved all too effective, wiping out the enemy, then turning on its creators and wiping them out as well. As for who these creators were – I guess we’ll never know.
dasNdanger writes: “Wait. Exactly how do you know what a Parisian brothel smells like…?”
Answer: Wouldn’t it just smell like a regular brother with the addition of absinthe and cheap cigarettes?
Randomness writes: “So what did you think of Eden of the East Joe? Especially the finale?”
Answer: I liked it, but didn’t love it. I preferred Ghost in the Machine: Standalone Complex.
Erik Ray writes: ” I wish they would do just one last movie. Even if it’s with SG-1, SGA, and SGU combined. I just really want a good ending. I think we deserve that much, don’t you??”
Answer: Hey, if it was up to me, you’d get both SG-1 and SGA movies AND a third season of SGU.
Mackaysfanforver writes: “However, Transporter is saving the day, it means that (I hope) you’ll be doing the same type of blog entries that you use to do here with Stargate !!! Please say you will.”
Answer: Yep. The plan is to continue offering spoiler-free behind-the-scenes peeks at the production process. With your help, we’ll hopefully get a nice big online buzz going in the lead-up to the series premiere.
steph writes: “Does your offer to talk about “Stargate: Extinction” mean that that movie is also definitely not being made?”
Answer: Sadly, that’s what it means although, as I said earlier, it certainly would be great to see the studio release the script for fan perusal somewhere down the line.
Boetjeuh writes: “Have you heard anyting about Echoes? that new ex-stargate project ? i’ve been looking on the web but without result.”
Answer: That’s because this project (created by some Stargate vets including super Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela) is in its infancy. Hopefully, you’ll hear a lot more about it in the coming months.
Boetjeuh also writes: “Do you have a suggestion for a good space based tv show?”
Answer: I suggest checking out the last three episodes of Stargate: Universe.
Tim Gaffney writes: “Quick question…how did the survivors of the “other” Destiny gate to any other planets? In Twin Destinies, Telford told everyone that they weren’t bringing anything but the “shirts on their backs” because of the force of a 9th Chevron arrival. So where did they get a remote? Eli did grab a kino off the console before he ran to the gate, did he have a remote with him as well?”
Answer: Yes, he certainly did otherwise there wouldn’t have been much point to bringing a kino. And he wasn’t the only one. In fact, there’s a line in the episode (or maybe the next one) in which Eli states he wasn’t the only one who snuck a kino.
Quade writes: “I got a stargate question for you, whatever happened to hermiod and Lindsey Novak?”
Answer: I believe Lindsey is presently working at Homeworld Command. As for Hermiod – some say he rejoined the Asgard before perishing with his race. Others – namely me – prefer to believe he’s living a rock star existence as a recluse in a ritzy California neighborhood, living off the lucrative advances on the romance novels he pens under the name Dolores Windgrove.
Greg writes: “What’d you think of HBO’s A Game of Thrones?”
Answer: Haven’t seen it yet. Soon. Soon.
oleslayer writes: “Will you publish what the endgame plan for SGU is?”
Answer: Since Brad and Robert were the ones who came up with the endgame, it’s only fair that I allow them to reveal it to you if and when they so desire.