TL;DR - If you want a new Stargate series that doesn't break continuity, scroll down to post 3 to learn how you can help! It's all happening this weekend, March 9th & 10th!
So, MGM is interested in potentially making a new series based on their stargate property, and they are currently exploring how much fan interest there is, and also in what direction to go. This is why they have launched the "Stargate Command" website and streaming service, along with the "Stargate Origins" webseries, in order to gauge the fan response to bringing back Stargate in general.
But for the question of what direction to go, they have two choices:
- They could reboot the franchise, starting over for a brand new audience, erasing 17 years of continuity, and potentially alienating much of the existing fan base.
- OR ... They could create a new series, with new characters, that is still in continuity with all the existing series! Starting with new characters would make it accessible to new viewers, who could learn the world gradually. But all the continuity would still be there to tap into as needed, bringing with it longtime fans, and potential for familiar guest stars!
Joseph Mallozzi (yes, the Stargate and Dark Matter alum) is proposing the second of these choices, preferably helmed by none other than Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, long time Stargate show runners!
To that end, he is working with a dedicated group of fans to organize a massive worldwide fan campaign, to tell MGM what fans want, and how many of us are interested!
I said at the beginning that this is like the Dark Matter campaign, but also different. Here is what I mean:
- Similar: this is a fan drive urged on by Joseph Mallozzi, and run by several of the same fans as last time, including @thogar. The battleground is again Twitter, culminating in two huge tweetstorms this coming Friday and Saturday March 9th & 10th, with executives watching to see how big we can trend. The rules for the tweetstorms are the same, one hour at a time, with a unique hashtag, Friday and again Saturday (at different times for different time zones). I will provide a link in post 2 with all the rules and advice!
- Different: The big difference here is who the campaign is aimed at, and who has the power to respond. Dark Matter was in the hands of SyFy, and despite their tag line, they clearly do not care about their fans. #ItsNotAFanThing #ItsAGreedThing
~~~ But ~~~
MGM wants to know what their fans think! They want their shows to be successful, and so they are paying very close attention! They are listening and they care! This is our chance to be heard guys!
Here is where it gets really interesting. See, when MGM launched "Stargate Command", it was never just a home for Stargate Origins. They are hoping to make it a full platform for all things Stargate: full streaming access to all the exsisting shows, any new shows, and behind the scenes content, with one subscription. And more than that, it could the streaming home for various other sci-fi shows, new and old! In fact, it turns out that MGM was the party most interested in continuing Dark Matter on this very platform, before "contractual issues" got in the way! But get this: if this platform launches, and becomes successful, and employs the familiar writers along the way ... something else becomes possible too! A few years down the line, the "contracts" binding Dark Matter will have expired, and MGM would be able to make a conclusion to the story! Yippee!
So we can potentially save Stargate and Dark Matter at the same time! Weeee!
Next I will post links and details about how it all works. Stay tuned!
Edited by Sci-Fi Girl, 06 March 2018 - 06:49 PM.