Stargate Origins to Revive Cult Sci-Fi Franchise

A Stargate revival project is in development, which will be the flagship series on MGM's new streaming platform. The show will debut this Fall on the platform, which is called Stargate Command.

According to Variety, the new series -- titled Stargate: Origins -- will follow Catherine Langford, a character that appeared on previous Stargate TV series. Written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry, the series revovles around "Langford, daughter of archaeologist Paul Langford, who discovered the ancient, round Stargate...In the show, Catherine will go on an adventure in order to save the Earth from terrifying darkness."

Mercedes Bryce Morgan is directing the series.

Kevin Conroy, president of digital and new platforms at MGM, said upon the announcement, “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...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.”

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Stargate Command will reportedly have both free and paid elements; more information is set to come in the next few weeks. It will give fans "a comprehensive collection of content related to the franchise that has ever been offered, as well as community hubs and behind-the-scenes content related to Origins."

“We saw a need for a definitive hub for the ‘Stargate’ fanbase to continue to enjoy news and content, both old and new,” Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions at MGM, said. “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.”

Added New Form COO JC Cangilla, “We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with MGM and their trust in us as a leading digital-first studio to deliver the next compelling chapter of this fantastic ‘Stargate’ franchise."

Take a look at a teaser trailer for Stargate Origins, unveiled at Comic-Con International in San Diego, below.

Encompassing 20 seasons with TV series such as Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, the entire TV franchise amounts to 380 episodes. The franchise is based on a '90s movie of the same name starring Kurt Russell and James Spader.

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