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Another franchise fueled by peak ’90s nostalgia will live again. Hot off the presses from San Diego Comic-Con comes word that Stargate is getting a new series called Stargate Origins, but there’s a catch: Much like Star Trek Discovery‘s upcoming premiere on CBS All Access, this 10-episode event will be exclusively available on a new subscription-based digital platform called Stargate Command.
Origins, which also is timed to the 20th anniversary of the Stargate SG-1 premiere in 1997, will focus on a younger version of Catherine Langford, played on SG-1 by Elizabeth Hoffman and in Roland Emmerich’s original film by Viveca Lindfors. This next chapter will introduce the early history of the character and the Stargate portal. The younger Catherine will embark on “an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness,” according to the official logline.
Mercedes Bryce Morgan, who helmed and produced the social media murder-mystery Virtual Morality, directs Origins based on a story written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry. Production is scheduled to begin in August in partnership with MGM’s Digital Group and the entertainment studio New Form.
Chatter surrounding some sort of Stargate revival has been going on for years. Emmerich and screenwriter Dean Devlin had plans to resurrect their original concept for a film trilogy, first announced in 2014. Perhaps this could still happen in the future, but Devlin revealed two years later that their plans had fallen through.
“We’ve been eager to revisit the Stargate franchise and create an all-new story that honors the founding mythos and gives loyal fans more mystery and adventure,” MGM’s president of digital and new platforms Kevin Conroy said in a statement. “We view Stargate Origins as a thank you to fans who have been keeping the spirit of the franchise alive for nearly 25 years. With the increasing popularity of digitally native content that can be streamed to any device, MGM is committed to the production of premium linear mid-form content and are proud to launch with Stargate Origins.”
As for Stargate Command, the platform is pegged as “the most comprehensive collection of Stargate content ever offered in one place.” Features will include exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at Origins, as well as a community experience and assets spanning the franchise’s nearly 25-year-long history.
“We saw a need for a definitive hub for the Stargate fanbase to continue to enjoy news and content, both old and new,” said Chris Ottinger, MGM’s president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions. “Stargate Command will open a new door for the community to celebrate and interact with all content in a way that has never been done before.”