Indeed we are greatly disappointed to have to report that Stargate Universe has been cancelled by Syfy . The series, which is currently in its second season, will air the last ten episodes in its second half this spring, before drawing to a premature end.
The news of the abrupt cancellation was first posted on Twitter , where Syfy’s Craig Engler indicated that “Syfy will end its original action-adventure series Stargate Universe when the show returns with the final 10 episodes of its second season in the Spring of 2011,” Engler said. “The Stargate franchise — consisting of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002.
However ,since this announcement was made, producer Brad Wright has been exploring alternate options to continuing the series, with officials at MGM. As a result, there is renewed hope as to the future of the series. Follow the updates below, for progress on the efforts to have Stargate Universe , continue in some format.
December 22 2010“Well, the SyFy cancellation makes it very long odds that we’ll be producing a third season next year. BUT IS THIS THE END? Damn you’re persistent. The honest answer is: I don’t know. No, that’s not entirely true. The truth is I do know some – but only enough to say it doesn’t look good and it’s very log odds we’ll be producing a third season next year – yet still only enough to say I can’t say this is definitely the end. At least for now”.
We haven’t given up on finishing the story we started,” Wright, who expressed, his gratitude for fan support, after his recent series of ongoing discussions with MGM officials , also added the following in his interview.
“It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he said, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget[http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2010/12/brad-wright-on-stargate-universe-we-havent-given-up.html ]
December 25 2010All options are being considered at this point, but a third season would be ideal.[ producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog]
January 4 2011:I spoke to Brad about the future of the franchise. We discussed “the plan”, Universe mainly, but also talked SG-1 and Atlantis. No word on progress yet but, given the recent holidays, that’s to be expected I suppose. Hopefully, we’ll receive some positive news next week.[http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/january-5-2010-yes-and-no-and-yes-but-no-and-stargate/]
January 10 2011: No developments to report on the Stargate front, but I’m hopeful we’ll receive some news this week[ producer , Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/january-10-2011-the-top-10-food-t-v-personalities-that-kind-of-get-on-my-nerves/]
January 12 2011-I was in the office yesterday to watch the Day 1 Mix of The Hunt. Great stuff! Anyway, while there, I talked to Brad. Needless to say, he’s been working hard to ensure we all get the opportunity to work with Mark in 2011. Nothing definite as of yet toreport but a minor hurdle was cleared. Quite a few hurdles still lie ahead and there’s always the chance it might all be for naught – but right now, things are looking positive.[producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/january-12-2011-stargate-production-update/]
January 26 2011-There’s also the fact that if things move as quickly as I think they will[ in regards to an opportunity presented by former Stargate co creator, Robert C Cooper, it will make both Paul and I unavailable for any other projects-poised-for-production. Was hoping to hear something definite on the Stargate front before week’s end (or certainly before January 31st).http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/january-24-2011-hey-look-whos-in-town/
January 28 2011-Still no word on the Stargate front. Sorry, gang. When I do hear, either way, I promise you’ll be the first to hear. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog.
January 29 2011-"Still no definite word on the Stargate front although I am being cc’d on the various emails concerning meetings, etc. Alas, a third season looking less likely, but there are other scenarios that would allow us complete this incredible journey". Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/january-28-2011-just-wake-me-up-if-i-have-to-go-to-toronto-lunch-with-ryan-still-no-word-in-case-youre-wondering-clearing-my-dvr/. What are your thoughts on this? Are you disapointed at the unlikely prospect of a third season?What other form would you most like to see the journey completed in and how would you like to see Destiny complete its mission?
January 30 2011-Speaking of buzz – I exchanged emails with Brad today and he reports another major hurdle has been cleared. Almost there, Stargate fans. Again, this is show business, so even the most promising of scenarios can go sideways fast (and dead-end scenarios turn around just as quickly). Nothing is written in stone but things are looking MUCH better now than they did last week when things looked much better than they did the week before. Meetings are still ongoing and I, like most of you, am really beginning to feel antsy. Hopefully, by the time we head back into the office for the Day 1 Mix of Blockade, we’ll have something more substantial to discuss. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/january-30-2011-ready-for-t-o-cautiously-optimistic-things-i-made-recommend-me-a-bat-book/
February 6 2011- Meanwhile, for all those wondering – which I assume is A LOT of you – the Stargate situation remains fluid, and the tidbits of information I’ve received continue to sound very promising for a conclusion to the SGU story (in addition to a few more goodies). It’s slow but positive progress. Hopefully, I’ll know more this Tuesday when I go in to watch the Day 1 mix of Blockade and Day 2 mix of Common Descent.Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog@ www.josephmallozzi.wordpress.com
February 9 2011-Still no definite word on the Stargate front,” Mallozzi said. “Following a flurry of promising developments, things have gone unbearably quiet. Not a bad sign just … no sign. There’s an anticipation that good news could break any day now — but the longer the wait, the greater the challenge when the time comes. To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up — alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play.
“Nevertheless, as I said in a previous entry, if and when we finally do get the green light, Brad has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of SGU (as well as fans of the Stargate franchise in general)
February 26 2011-For now, I believe the plan is to strike the sets on Stage 6 (the cave and Homeworld Command which were doubtful to be used moving forward anyway). The standing sets (the Destiny corridors, observation deck, gate room over on Stage 4 and the bridge, shuttle, and mess over on Stage 5) will remain standing until we hear definite word that we will not be proceeding with production on any movie(s). And, sorry to say, no news to report on that front.
Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog@http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/february-25-2011-i-think-yogurt-very-mysterious-always-likids-on-the-tops/.
March 3 2011
“Hopefully, by the time [the season finale, 'Gauntlet'] airs, we’ll have definite word on a potential movie or two,” he said.
“If it’s a go and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny‘s mission, then ‘Gauntlet’ will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion. If, on the other hand, things don’t pan out and ‘Gauntlet’ does turn out to be the bittersweet finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken — and left to wonder what could have been. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @ http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/march-3-2011-gauntlet-the-dish-on-that-super-secret-restaurant-and-lunch-at-refuel/
March 5 2011-What happens to the SG Set at the end of SGU? are most of the writer’s and producer’s already gone to other projects??”
Answer: The sets are still standing as Brad and co. await word on possible movies. As for the writers/producers – some have moved on, some stand ready to start work on a continuation of the storyline should they receive the green light.
April 1 2011To those of you asking about Stargate – I have no new info for you. From what I hear, Brad hasn’t given up the fight and there’s still hope for a proper ending to the SGU story. So, until further notice, the gate remains. [ Joseph Mallozzi, on his blog]
What are your thoughts and reactions on SGU’s cancellation? What possible alternatives are there for keeping the series on air?Which possibility do you think has the most chance of being successful?Comment on the effect which the current cancellation has had on Stargate Revolution and Stargate Extinction. What changes do you think, need to be made , for SGU to succeed as a series?Share your thoughts in the comments section below.