"Extinction," the movie based on "Stargate: Atlantis" is still residing in limbo, but apparently "Stargate: Universe" may stand a better chance of stepping into the movie frontier.
"Stargate: Universe" was cancelled at the end of last year due to declining ratings in a new timeslot, however producer Joseph Mallozzi has since remain positive about the chances of the series making a return to finish its story. Mallozzi has generally kept his cards close to his chest regarding what format SGU would take if it returns and now it looks like the best approach is the television movie.
"Hopefully by the time [the season finale, 'Gauntlet'] airs we'll have definite word on a potential movie or two," he posted in his official blog.
The final 10 episodes of the series launched on Syfy last night and the events will lead-up to what has been described as a "spectacular" ending to the season. Mallozzi has also suggested that if the deal comes together and "Stargate: Universe" does return as a television movie (or even a series of movies) then "The Gauntlet" will serve as the perfect episode to catapult the series forward.
"If it's a go [on the television movies] and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny's mission, then 'Gauntlet' will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion," he said. "If, on the other hand, things don't pan out and 'Gauntlet' does turn out to be the bittersweet [series] finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken ... and left to wonder what could have been."
The sets at Bridge Studios in Vancouver, B.C., remain standing while the final fate of the show is decided. Shortly after the cancellation order it looked like Metro Goldwyn Mayer would be shopping SGU to other networks in the hopes of a third season but that has now been ruled out.
"Stargate: Universe" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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