6:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Stargate' Revived as MGM Launches Digital Franchise Destination
After a feature film and a number of TV series spinoffs, the Stargate franchise is coming back to life.
Producers MGM have revived the franchise as a 10-episode digital series — Stargate Origins — that will live exclusively on a dedicated subscription-based platform called Stargate Command.
The new series, which will feature 10-minute episodes, will follow fan-favorite character Catherine Langford (originally played by Elizabeth Hoffman) and explore a new chapter in her early history surrounding the portal. Young Catherine embarks on a new unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save the Earth from darkness. (Watch the teaser trailer, below.)
The new series will be produced by MGM's Digital Group and entertainment studio New Form. It will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan (Virtual Morality) and written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry. Production is slated to begin in August.
"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, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions at MGM. “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."
Stargate Origins will launch in the fall on the Stargate Command platform. The new digital space will feature content from the franchise's nearly 25-year history and offer subscribers a behind-the-scenes look at the new series.
"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,” said Kevin Conroy, president of digital and new platforms at MGM. "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."
All told, there have been more than 380 episodes of the Stargate franchise that have spanned nearly 20 seasons. Stargate SG-1 is among the longest-running sci-fi shows in U.S. TV history. The original 1994 Stargate feature film grossed nearly $200 million worldwide and spawned three live-action spinoff shows.
The announcement was made Thursday night at Comic-Con during a special Stargate panel.