Stargate Universe Movie Cancelled
Plans for a Stargate Universe movie have reportedly been cancelled ending hopes for a possible continuation for the spin-off and the franchise in general.
Last year Syfy announced it was cancelling Stargate Universe at the end of its second season because of poor ratings. While the spin-off had launched strongly with its initial premier ratings across its first season steadily declined and didn’t recover when it returned for a second outing. Syfy took the step to cancel Stargate Universe along with the underperforming Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.
However, despite the cancellation there was hope among fans that the spin-off might continue in the form of television movies or possibly moving to another broadcaster. The possibility of moving was quickly dismissed and so attention was focused on television movies but now it seems those proposed movies won’t happen and the future of the franchise – for now – is in doubt.
“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen,” he said. “It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed….. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning,” – Brad Wright, speaking at Creation Entertainment’s Official Stargate Convention
However, while the future of the franchise now seems in doubt (for now) given the cancellation of Universe and no new show in the works Wright remained positive about the overall future of Stargate adding “It’s a franchise. Stargate is not over. Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.”
Perhaps the failure of Stargate Universe to take off with viewers and establish itself well with fans was a case of “franchise fatigue” ala Star Trek which after spawning several spin-offs struggled with Enterprise (axed after four seasons) and the big-screen movie Nemesis (considered a flop).
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