Be of good cheer this holiday season, “Stargate Universe” fans. Syfy may not have shot down the Destiny just yet.
“We haven’t given up on finishing the story we started,” executive producer and series co-creator Brad Wright said via email on Thursday.
On Dec. 16, Syfy confirmed via Twitter that it wasnt going to pick up Stargate Universe for a third season. The “Stargate” franchise helped turn Syfy, then Sci Fi, into a cable network player when “SG-1” moved to the network in 2002.
Wright was on a trip when he heard about the cancellation, but since returning he has been exploring options for continuing the series in some form, whether this be on another network or via web publishing we do not know. He and officials at franchise owner MGM have been discussing several options, he said, and he’s thankful for fan support.
“It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he wrote, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget.”
Now, before you get on Twitter to falsely declare that the franchise is saved, read this paragraph carefully. This news does not mean any plan or timetable has been created for the revival of either “SGU” or the “Stargate” franchise, or any deal has been struck with a network. It simply means that the parties are looking into a lot of possibilities, but much work remains to be done before we can celebrate.
Here are Joseph Mallozzis thoughts on Brads announcement
“It’s hard to say no to a job because it’s always great to be employed. Especially if you know, like and respect the people you’ll be working with, and love the material you’ll be working on. Which brings me to a conversation I had with Stargate Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Brad Wright today. Alas, no details to offer (yet!) but suffice it to say he’s battling hard to ensure the franchise (that’s SG-1, Atlantis, and SGU) lives on and that the season two finale of Universe, “Gauntletâ€, will not be the end. He’s adopted a clever two-pronged approach that, if successful, will see our awesome crew back at work next year. Nothing is guaranteed, but it’s great to hear he’s got a plan to make it happen. And, for the sake of the many, many Stargate fans out there, I really hope he succeeds.â€