Sacre bleu!  Two more casting announcements for my new show, Transporter: The Series!

As most of you already know, actor Chris Vance (Prison Break, Mental, Dexter, and Burn Notice) will be donning the driving gloves in the role of Frank Martin, the Transporter who delivers anything, anywhere – for a price.  Andrea Osvart will play his handler, Carla, an ex-CIA agent who deals with the details so Frank can concentrate on the job.  Also joining the cast…

Who better to play the role made famous by actor Francois Berléand in the Transporter films than, well, actor Francois Berléand.  That’s right. Inspector Tarconi makes the transition from the big screen, bringing his charming, world-weary self to series television.  And joining him…


Actress Delphine Chanéac (who you genre fans may remember from the movie Splice) has been cast in the role of the mysterious Olivia. What makes Olivia so mysterious?  Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out.  Mysterious,no?

On the comic book side, my upcoming series for Dark Horse – Dark Matter – continues to come together.  I’ve been working with artist Garry Brown and editor Patrick Thorpe on the layouts or issue #1.  I am very, VERY happy.  Check out the prelim character design for the singular seventh member of the crew –

Chotto sinister, no?

Finally – by now, I had hoped to hear back on the ultimate faith of Stargate: Extinction (Novel? Comic book? Radio play? Performance art piece?) but, alas, it’s been very quiet.  I will say that when Paul and I set out to write the script for the proposed Stargate: Atlantis movie, we did so in the hopes that, ultimately, it wouldn’t be produced as a movie at all but as the first two episodes of SGA’s sixth season. Codenamed “Project Twilight”, it would have focused on the city of Atlantis, its personnel, and the journey back to home to the Pegasus Galaxy.  Ideally, that would set the stage for the thrilling 18 episodes to follow – or, at the very least, the jumping off point for future SGA movies.

The movie would have picked up not long after the events of the season 5 finale, Enemy at the Gates.  In the opening scene, two astronauts (who turn out to be a couple of familiar faces – Amelia Banks and Major Lorne) take a walk on the surface of the moon, their lunar stroll ending with a reveal of the city of Atlantis.  A shuttle carrying Sam Carter and a group of dignitaries sweeps overhead and lands.

Within the city’s atmospherically shielded confines, Carter and her guests meet up with the science team headed by – who else? – Rodney McKay.  Frustrated by the interruption to his ongoing research, McKay demonstrates a certain impatience with the whole dog-and-pony show, running through standards explanations, overviews, questions, and answers until – an alarm suddenly sounds.  The bewildered dignitaries are ushered out, leaving McKay, Carter, and Zelenka to investigate.

An examination of the city’s systems reveal the worst.  A self-destruct has been initiated – a safeguard, Rodney surmises, put in place by the Ancients in the event Atlantis was ever removed from the Pegasus Galaxy.  And, once triggered, it cannot be disabled.  Nothing short of a return to the Pegasus Galaxy will save the city from certain destruction.

Of course, getting it there is easier said than done…

Anyway, that was the basic premise: A seeming new beginning.  A threat to the city.  And a desperate bid to outrace a deadly countdown.

But who would join the journey?  How would they get back to Pegasus? And what challenges would they face along the way?

More on that in the coming days.

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday gals Chevron7 and SarahL.

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Susan TTT

Has Akemi returned to Japan? You haven’t mentioned her for ages.

I am off to my bed – once I prise the cats off it.

majorsal
majorsal

i *almost* couldn’t make myself read the sga movie details… sad

(((stargate franchise)))

Bailey
Bailey

Ack! You can’t just leave it there! Well, you can and be sure that I’ll be clicking madly tomorrow to learn more about the fate of Atlantis! (PS – Better get some Sheppard in there pretty damn quick!)

Dustin
Dustin

Interesting bit on why Atlantis had to return to Pegasus, it kind of seems too simple. But I suppose with the city here on the moon it would hard to get the IOA to let them go back any other way.

I mean when it was in Pegasus they had to basically fund an unofficial war against the Wraith, plus having to have it be only partly staffed. On Earth they could have had thousands working there like Area 51.

T'loc
T'loc

Guys go and get your copy of the dvd of SGU, LDP is funny!!! Patrick and Peter are just great together

T'loc
T'loc

BTW Joe M is in the short that included Peter and Patrick, its funny

Debra
Debra

Oh wow, the movie sounded great. Makes me very sad, but very GLAD to know you found a way to make the government let Atlantis go back where it belonged!

Along with Susan, wonder about Akemi. sad

StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

Hi Joe,

Yay! Extinction! Can’t wait to hear more!

If only….

*sigh*

SBS

Douglas
Douglas

Hi. A very nice series or movie it would have been. But I’m not sure if the ancients wouldn’t have left a chance for Atlantis to return to his homeland, Earth.

HBMC
HBMC

“A self-destruct has been initiated – a safeguard, Rodney surmises, put in place by the Ancients in the event Atlantis was ever removed from the Pegasus Galaxy.”

And yet somehow stayed inactive right up until this point. How convenient…

nm
nm

Hey Joe, just out of curiosity, who owns the right of the movie script? Do you as a writer still own the idea or did they buy it and it’s theirs even if they never produce it?
Could you use the idea (if it’s adaptable) in something else?

Lou Zucaro

Wow, grats Joe on casting M. Berléand for the Transporter series! So cool!

And thanks for casting Mlle. Chanéac because, you know, she’s lovely. And mysterious.

Chotto looks a bit like a younger, more buff Rutger Hauer.

paloosa
paloosa

I so miss Atlantis. Life has been crazy lately and I’ve been re-watching the show. To have to image what a great movie it would have made is beyond frustrating.

But I’m surprised there still may be news. Is MGM still deciding if Atlantis will have a future in some other form?

Brandon
Brandon

@HBMC

How do you know that the countdown didn’t start the moment the city entered our galaxy? It seems to be a very long countdown. Maybe over the years Rodney and the team installed their own safeguard protocols and it’s because of those that they were even notified.

Sounds like a great plot to me. smile

So does you telling us this mean this will never to published in any formate outside of this blog?

What is it with companies lately and alienating and/or pissing off their customers and fan base? Sony, SyFy, MGM, and Boxee to name a very few. Then there is the MPAA….do you want our money or not?

sparced
sparced

great news that you guys got Francois Berléand to reprise his role. He was probably one of the best parts of the movies.

Don’t know much about Delphine Chanéac but as long as she has hair in this role it will work out great razz

max
max

Joe, this blog isnt a tv episode.. are you are leaving us hanging like this? Seriously??? grin

El Floruso
El Floruso

It’s a good news to see that François Berleand and Delphine Chanéac are coming grin

Rico
Rico

Thanks for the ongoing Transporter updates.

I noticed a similarity with your Dark Matter crew member to someone else. Was he the inspiration?
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Michael
Michael

Guess the Ancients never considered LoJack. razz

My birthday is Saturday, any chance I could get a dedication shout out, please?

carol
carol

“But who would join the journey? How would they get back to Pegasus? ”

Bet Daniel Jackson would be queueing first in line to go with…

If Gen. O’Neill would let him……*g*..

ben
ben

Very cool of you to cast Francois Berléand. And to give away the plot to the SG-A movie. Cheers!

Arctic Goddess

Hi Joe:

Sounds like we missed out on an awesome film, or beginning to season 6. Being the “glass half full” kind of person, I believe that a delay of a few years until STARGATE is back only means that special effects people will have time to learn even more awesome visual effects when there is a film or new series. Then the production will be better than ever.
Have you ever considered pitching a reality series? Reality T.V. seems to be very popular right now.

D.Holmes
D.Holmes

You know a shuttle (If your talking about a NASA shuttle carrying Sam+Others) doesnt have enough fuel to reach the moon, thats why it hasnt happened in reality?

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle
Anais33
Anais33

Coucou! wink

Lol “sacre bleu” plus personne n’utilise cette expression XD!

Waou!!! Francois Berléand cet homme est une légende du cinéma! Un vrai artiste!

..Vous avez encore de l’espoir pour le film stargate? si ça ne marche pas vous pouvez toujours faire un romans avec le script que vous aviez écrit wink

Gros bisous!
Anais