As many of you know, the new show I’m working on – The Transporter – has a few Stargate connections. In addition to Paul and I who are show running the series (alongside Alexander M. Ruemelin), there’s Executive Producer Robert Cooper and series director Andy Mikita. And now, another tenuous connection of sorts. The director of the series pilot is the amazing Stephen Williams –
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cwillmanbunge writes: “Nothing personal, but when it comes to series finales the ones for SG-1, SGA, and SGU were okay, but they weren’t satisfying.”
Answer: To be fair, with the exception of SG-1, they weren’t planned as series finale but season finales. In the case of both SGA and SGU, we thought chances were good that we would be back or, in a worst case scenario, would at least be afforded the opportunity to wrap things up with a movie.
cwillmanbunge also writes: “Sadly to say it would kill me to not even know the single answer to one of these questions.”
Answer: Hey, believe me, there are a lot of us who are equally disappointed because we’ll never get the opportunity to answer them. I could certainly provide you with potential ideas or scenarios but, at the end of the day, I’d imagine they’d be equally unsatisfying since they wouldn’t be canon.
cwillmangue also writes: “If at all possible, please, do what you can to at least get a movie for Atlantis and Universe.”
Answer: Believe me, I’d love nothing more than to see an Atlantis and/or Universe move go into production. Brad Wright (franchise co-creator and Exec. Producer) pushed hard but, in the end, the final decision lay in the hands of MGM. At present, it seems unlikely they’ll be giving the green-light to any SG-1, SGA, or SGU-related project.
Blake Linton writes: “Netflix is the ONE company with the money to produce more Stargate, the distribution channel to play it, and the built-in ability to precisely measure its success. We must awaken the sleeping giant! With 6.5 MILLION total Netflix ratings averaging 4 out of 5 stars, would it really be so hard to convince them that continuing the Stargate franchise is a fabulous idea?”
Answer: Unfortunately, convincing Netflix is only half the battle. You would also need to convince MGM.
Randomness writes: “However I do find the whole Self destruct thing a little Deus ex machina, because well it’s a random twist that has come out of nowhere with little to no build up to push an event forward.”
Answer: I disagree. It’s the move away from Pegasus (something new and unforeseen) that triggers the self-destruct. Given the way things were going in the war against the wraith, it makes sense that the Ancients would take measures to ensure the city not fall into enemy hands. Furthermore, we did establish the city’s self-destruct system early in the series run.
Trevor writes: “Thank you for all your hard work guys, what a fabulous name! I will inform Holly that Eufemia has won. Or perhaps on second thought, I won’t inform her and will just go ahead and fill out the birth certificate first, and then show her afterwards. Yes, I think that will be best.”
Answer: If you can hold off on telling her until her birthday, it would make for an awesome surprise. Just a suggestion.
dodoalda writes: “Any news from Joel Goldsmith regarding the SGU soundtrack?”
Answer: Joel has actually been quite busy, out on the road, doing his own thing.
Samantha Padilla writes: “Hey, if I send you some of the Atlantis story ideas I have taken from when I desperately wanted to join the writing staff only for Syfy to drop the ax on the show and MGM to continue to hack away at it’s (still can’t believe I’m saying this) corpse, can I take a shot at turning Extinction into a novel? That’s if you like my stuff.”
Answer: Sorry, Samantha. I have no influence on who gets hired to write the novels. Again, those decisions lie in the hands of MGM.
majorsal writes: “anything on sg1′s ‘revolution’?”
Answer: Nope. All quiet on the Stargate front.
dioxholster writes: “Was Todd with them for the ride? why?”
Answer: He was on Atlantis at the end of Enemy at the Gate. We included a little scene in the Extinction script in which Woolsey and Sheppard go “pick him up”, essentially rescuing him from the clutches of government R&D.
Ben writes: “The story arc between ‘Faith’ and ‘Incursion Part 3′, regarding the ‘Eden’ planet and TJ leaving her daughter there was absolutely incredible-one of the most emotional scenes I’ve seen on tv, nevermind Stargate alone. Obviously later we found that Destiny was behind her ‘OOBE’ and those who stayed behind on Eden didn’t really survive. The way it was left before we discovered that was brilliant because you truly didn’t know what to think (I was thinking while watching how amazing the writing was). Were you at all tempted to leave that arc open ended?”
Answer: We knew we were going to do a story in which we revisited the people we’d left behind on the Faith planet eventually so, when that happened, the truth would be revealed. I don’t think it would have been possible to have kept that particular element open-ended.
Ben also writes: “I’m not into all the legal details, but when a show is cancelled, is it not possible to be picked up by another network?”
Answer: Sure, but it would ultimately fall on the studio to give any such plan the go-ahead. Are you sensing a trend here?
ruffles writes: “Is it typical for showrunners to also write? If you had to choose between writing and producing, which would you choose?”
Answer: It is typical in television but rare in film where the writer is often at the bottom of the pecking order and usually has nothing to do with his work moving forward once he’s completed that final draft. As for which I would choose, writing or producing – it would depend on what I was writing and producing.