Fans of the “Stargate” series, rejoice! The popular franchise, thought by many to be dead since the cancellation of the less-than-popular “Stargate: Universe,” may be getting revitalized in the form of a comic series.
Despite having been announced by SyFi Channel as far back as August 2008 and a script being written, the “Stargate: Atlantis” movie titled “Stargate: Extinction” – a story originally planned for the opening of Season 6, then commissioned as a stand-alone movie when the series was cancelled – was finally shelved in 2011 after “Stargate: Universe” was cancelled.
Now, almost six years after the movie was given the green light, it is announced that fans of the show may actually get a result for their patience. While there are no plans for any more Stargate movies (a “Stargate: SG1” movie was green-lit at the same time as “Stargate: Extinction,” and has also been cancelled since then), publisher Boom Studios has added a 4-issue comic book series for “Stargate: Extinction” to their long-look release schedule.
We’re big fans of this enduring sci-fi franchise,” BOOM! said in the original announcement, “and after bringing our skills and passion to other great properties like FARSCAPE and PLANET OF THE APES, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on another long-running favorite: STARGATE. STARGATE: EXTINCTION has been known to die-hard fans as producer-writers’ Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’s unmade sequel to STARGATE: ATLANTIS. Now, BOOM! Studios is proud to help bring this story to four-color life.
Additionally, they have released a teaser for the plot:
Atlantis is the new home of Stargate command. The ancient city’s Stargate finally opens. It will lead to the team’s most epic adventure yet… and may destroy Atlantis itself.
This will not be the first time that Stargate has made a foray into comics, but if this actually happens it will be the first comic since the show ended. Other science-fiction series – such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” – have been quite successful in continuing their series through the medium of comic books. It should be interesting, should this come to fruition, to see how this affects the “Stargate” franchise.