By Douglas Helm
The Companion Youtube channel recently premiered a live stream that featured a full hourlong conversation with Stargate SG-1 co-creator and writer Brad Wright and Richard Dean Anderson, who played Jack O’Neill in Stargate. The live stream was quite the treat for Stargate fans and included plenty of interesting tidbits, including the fact that Brad Wright is planning on introducing a new kind of Stargate if a fourth series of the franchise is given the go-ahead.
The concept Wright dreamed up is a Stargate entirely built by humans. Describing how the gate would activate, Wright said it “spun up like crazy and then…” rapidly locked each chevron into place to establish a wormhole.” This would be a huge shakeup for the Stargate series, as the previous Stargates were all found, left behind by a race known as the Ancients. It seems like in this modern-day version of Stargate, humans have learned to reverse-engineer the transportation technology and start developing gates for themselves. It would be interesting to see how these gates work in opposition to the other types of gates that have been introduced in the previous series.
Of course, introducing a new type of Stargate has been a trend the live-action series has been following for years. Each of the three live-action series has introduced its own version, with different designs and slightly different methods of operation. The classic red and gray Milky Way gates worked in sort of an analog fashion, with the locations needing to be dialed in through a wheel device or by interfacing the chevrons with a supercomputer. The gates from Stargate Atlantis Introduced a slightly more high-tech version of the Stargate, with a digital interface that saw the dial points lighting up the chevrons, instead of having to spin the rings to lock in the dial points. Stargate Universe Introduced a sort of steampunk version that seemed even older than the original Milky Way gates, as it released a massive amount of steam after the process of opening a wormhole.
One thing is for sure, fans probably won’t care too much about how the Stargates look, as long as they get a new series sooner than later. Brad Wright has previously spoken about his potential pilot for a fourth Stargate series, mentioning that fan-favorite characters like General Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder) had appearances in the script. He also revealed that Stargate technology had become public knowledge in the modern day.
While the pilot script for the fourth series sounds promising, it seems like it’s in purgatory for the moment. Wright finished the pilot script in 2020 and COVID shut down most aspects of the film and TV industry. Development was halted when MGM started negotiating its sale to Amazon. With the Amazon and MGM deal now complete, hopefully, they’ll look to revisit Wright’s script and give the fourth series the greenlight. Though there are no guarantees that we’ll get the series, the popularity of the Stargate franchise may be enough to convince Amazon and MGM to make something happen in the future. Wright himself expressed his hopes on Twitter while celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stargate SG-1so keep your fingers crossed!