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Stargate SG-1 Movie in jeopardy. Do something...


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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted April 01 2003 - 04:14 AM

SOURCE Gateworld Spinoff News

The Sci-fi channel has announced that they've greenlit Stargate : Atlantis for the 2004/2005 season. As a result, the Stargate SG-1 movie that was to bridge between Stargate SG-1 and Stargate : Atlantis has been put into question.

MGM and Scifi are deciding now whether to downgrade the planned theatrical film to TV movie status and air it on the Scifi channel in 2004 between the end of SG1 and the beginning of Atlantis.

I beleive this is a mistake. Airing the planned SG1 film as a TV movie will reduce or destroy chances for SG-1 to become a viable film series. I think it would benefit all parties: Scifi, MGM, and the producers & cast of SG-1 for this first film to be theatrical.

I've contacted Gateworld, one of the primary Stargate fan sites to seek their assistance in developping a call in/write in campaign to assure that this film goes theatrical. We succeeded before in saving SG-1 when it was to end in season 5. I think we can succeed again if we try here.

I'll post further contact information as it become available. No petition has been created yet as internet petitions are far less effective than call in and write in campaigns.
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#2 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted April 01 2003 - 07:58 AM

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Airing the planned SG1 film as a TV movie will reduce or destroy chances for SG-1 to become a viable film series.
Um, forgive my ignorance since I'm not a regular viewer of the series, but didn't Stargate start out as a movie?

#3 of 21 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted April 01 2003 - 08:07 AM

Stargate did start out as a movie, but I feel if they do a TV movie after the TV series wraps, then SG-1 (not Stargate in general) will be seen as a TV property only. I think a theatrical film would not only spur interest in SG-1 and Atlantis, but it would allow for future feature films with the SG-1 cast.
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#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted April 01 2003 - 08:14 AM

Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.

#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Robert Floto

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Posted April 01 2003 - 11:12 AM

I'm in, John. Let me know what to do.
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#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted April 01 2003 - 02:15 PM

I know there was a lot more talk about a movie a few years back, but that was before Showtime dropped it. I'm not sure if I'd want a movie now, as the whole thing has been a series for years.

I did think just yesterday after the Atlantis thread appeared that their best bet would be to end the series without an ending, and put the ending in a movie as a prequel to Atlantis too, but outside of Trek, how many movies have really suceeded from a TV series?

I don't think the revenues would be that great, especially with us being able to buy the DVD's, which all of the fans would anyway, and once SG-1 is over, I don't think we would have to wait that long until all of the seasons were out on DVD.

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#7 of 21 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted April 01 2003 - 02:58 PM

Unlike Trek, SG-1 has a LARGE J6P audience. I think it'd do pretty decently, especially if it rocked

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Posted April 02 2003 - 06:19 AM

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I beleive this is a mistake. Airing the planned SG1 film as a TV movie will reduce or destroy chances for SG-1 to become a viable film series.
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I think a theatrical film would not only spur interest in SG-1 and Atlantis, but it would allow for future feature films with the SG-1 cast.

The way Stargate has transitioned from film to a TV-series makes this move back to film a bit messy, to say the least. Would it be better to have Stargate return to the silver screen as a souped-up TV show or as a true sequel to the original film? Let's face it, Kurt Russel is by far the better actor and is more appropriately cast as O'Neil. Macgyver on the silver screen!!?? Sounds like a good way to kill off the franchise to me, at least on the big screen. (My apologies to Richard Dean Anderson fans, but you know I'm right.) I must say that the rest of the SG-1 cast is pretty good, especially Teal'c. In addition, the SG-1 universe and characters have a lot more depth and backstory now thanks to the sheer volume of material presented in the TV-series. While it would be a shame to throw this away, I still feel that a sequel to the original film with the original cast would probably be a far better film.

One compromise might be to proceed with a film version of the SG-1/Atlantis tie-in, but with Kurt Russel and James Spader back in their original roles. Unfortunately I think this would mess up the continuity too much for most people. A better idea, in my books anyways, would be to allow Stargate to proceed independently on both Film and TV. Give us a television tie-in and a big-screen sequel to the film with the original cast. That would be the best of both worlds. Of course, this assumes that original film cast is willing to do a sequel... Kurt may have to drop a few pounds too.

#9 of 21 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted April 02 2003 - 08:08 AM

MGM has indicated, and Devlin/Emmerich have groused that MGM has no interest whatsoever in proceeding with what could be termed D & E's Stargate. All future Stargate projects will involved SG-1 or it's spinoffs.

I personally wouldn't go see a Stargate film with Spader & Russell, as I feel that the original was mediocre to good. The series has improved upon it so greatly, that only that would be "true" Stargate to me.

I'm not just criticizing what you want because I disagree, but because there is concrete evidence that it's NEVER going to come to pass. The goal here is to see SG-1 go big screen instead of small screen for their post season 7 adventure(s).

I'm continuing to secure information about contact addresses and phone numbers. Gateworld has indicated they would be in support of such an effort. I've also been in touch with the save SG-1 yahoo group that has been dormant since season 6 was announced. If anyone else knows of Stargate resources that should be contacted, let me know.
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Posted April 02 2003 - 02:28 PM

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I personally wouldn't go see a Stargate film with Spader & Russell, as I feel that the original was mediocre to good. The series has improved upon it so greatly, that only that would be "true" Stargate to me.


And I feel the other way around. I never could get attached to the TV series, but I love the movie.

I personally don't think TV upgrades all that well to the big screen. Star Trek is more an exception than the rule.

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Unlike Trek, SG-1 has a LARGE J6P audience.

That doesn't make much sense... You'd think that if they did, the major networks would want a piece of that.

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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   Sean Laughter

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Posted April 02 2003 - 03:37 PM

The series can't hold my attention for an hour so they're better off cutting their losses and just making a TV movie.

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:41 PM

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The series can't hold my attention for an hour so they're better off cutting their losses and just making a TV movie.


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Posted April 03 2003 - 12:45 PM

I would rather they bring back Russell & Spader and do a sequel to the original.

#14 of 21 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted April 03 2003 - 01:15 PM

Then Russell and Spader should have done the TV show Posted Image (which for the record Russell is a big fan of)

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Posted April 04 2003 - 09:24 AM

I would rather have a Farscape movie.

#16 of 21 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted April 04 2003 - 09:31 AM

This is not a thread about Farscape movies pro or con. This is also not a thread about Devlin/Emmerich Stargate movies pro or con. This thread is about a Stargate SG-1 Feature film that may be downgraded to TV movie status. It's not a discussion about liking Kurt Russell better or being angry at Scifi for cancelling Farscape.

Please keep this in mind.

Anything else is thread crapping.
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Posted April 04 2003 - 05:58 PM

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This thread is about a Stargate SG-1 Feature film that may be downgraded to TV movie status.
Frankly I can't see an SG-1 movie bringing enough money to be worth releasing in theaters. What kind of numbers does SG-1 get on Farscape? How many people who don't watch the series would really go see it in theaters? Not many I would guess, and most of those who did would probably be pissed/confused that it was a different cast (and in many ways a different story) from the original movie.
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Posted April 05 2003 - 06:37 AM

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and most of those who did would probably be pissed/confused that it was a different cast (and in many ways a different story) from the original movie.


That's the main reason why I don't think it would work on the big screen. While Stargate does have a name in the movie community, those who are not fans of the TV series will probably be disappointed that the cast has changed, and that so many things have changed with the TV show.

As much as I'd like to see a Babylon 5 movie, or a Farscape movie, reality is that it won't work.

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#19 of 21 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted May 19 2003 - 04:00 AM

Mailing Address for MGM:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Attn: MGM Television Entertainment
2500 Broadway St.
Santa Monica,
CA 90404-3061

Sorry it's taken me so long. I've only just found the newsgroup again, and I'm seeking their support and advisement.
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#20 of 21 OFFLINE   Jon W H

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Posted June 15 2003 - 06:21 PM

Personally, I'd rather see SG-1 continue the series, regardless of a silver screen film or not.

I thought the original movie was "o.k.", but when I caught a couple of SG-1 shows last November, it started growing on me. So much that I wanted to see more. And more. Not a week goes by that I don't watch at least 3 airings. (I'm trying to catch up on all the seasons and fill in the few blanks I've missed.)

I hope this series continues on TV, because I'd rather not wait 18 months to 3 years for new SG-1 material. I'm not against a silver screen feature by any means, but I'd really like to see the SG-1 cast remain intact and continue the series. With the exception of the Jonas Quinn character, they've all really grown on me. I find a lot of subtle (and not so - remember the time trap episode where O'Neill and Teal'C tee off into the Stargate?) humor in this show. It's a lot of fun to watch.

This is one of the real quality television shows I find on the air nowadays. I hope it doesn't get ruined.

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