Amanda Tapping Talks ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Stargate’

Amanda Tapping in 'Sanctuary'

Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary / Stargate SG1) has confirmed filming has wrapped on the second season of Sanctuary, stating that the new series is “intense” and will include a post-apocalyptic “what if” episode.

Additionally, she states the latest “rumor” is that the third Stargate SG1 movie will begin filming within 3-6 months and that there is talk of her appearing in a future Stargate Universe episode (in addition to her appearance in the pilot).

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‘Stargate: SG1′ and ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ Movies on Hold

Stargate SG1 - Stargate Atlantis

This entire year has been filled with talk of the impending Stargate: SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis films (the latter titled Stargate: Extinction).  At one point sources indicated the SG1 movie would start filming before the year was out, and at another that both movies might be filmed back to back.

Stargate fans will be disappointed to here both movies are now on hold.

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MGM Unveil New ‘Stargate Universe’ Website

Stargate Universe website

MGM has launched a new Stargate branded website with an emphasis on Stargate Universe.

There’s a heap of new content there and a very cool virtual 3-D tour of the Stargate Universe ship Destiny.

Click here to check it out.

Stargate Magazine Interview With Michael Shanks

Stargate Magazine Issue 29

Following is an excerpt from an interview with Michael Shanks in issue 29 of ‘The Official Stargate SG-1/Atlantis Magazine’ (on sale now).

Stargate Magazine: Since it’s been a while, how happy were you with how the two Stargate movies turned out?

Michael Shanks: I was quite content with the process of both. Continuum seems to be the favored one by the people involved. It benefited from the fact that we didn’t have to resolve any ongoing arc issues. The first one [The Ark of Truth] carried a lot of baggage in terms of resolving a two-year story arc. We built up this enemy to such a degree, there was so much story to tell, and they were such a fierce antagonist that to get rid of them over two hours was a bit of a conundrum. It seemed to be a bit of a quick convenient fix to have this device that you magically open and the bad guys go away. Continuum could stand on it’s own. It was a different story and there wasn’t so much exposition. Continuum also seemed to be a lot more fun. The visuals were quite fantastic, with filming in the Arctic and the use of the jet planes. The return of Richard Dean Anderson is always fun, as well.

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‘Stargate’ And ‘Sanctuary’ Dominate The Leo Awards

Stargate Atlantis / Sanctuary

The 11th Annual Leo Awards have just played out in Vancouver and it’s a safe bet to say the production teams behind Stargate and Sanctuary will be feeling pretty happy right about now.

Stargate Atlantis won 9 of the 17 nominations it received for its fifth and final season.  Atlantis also took home the win for the coveted ‘Best Series Award’.

The made-for-dvd movie Stargate: Continuum also won 3 of the 11 awards it was nominated for and Michael Shanks (aka Daniel Jackson) won the ‘Best Lead Actor’ award.

Sci Fi’s new series Sanctuary has pulled in 4 wins from its 10 nominations – a monumental achievement from its first seasonal run.  Sanctuary star and exec producer Amanda Tapping (who also appeared in the fifth season of Stargate Atlantis) won the Best Lead Performance award for her acting in the Sanctuary episode ‘Requiem’.  She was joined by Ryan Robbins who won the Best Guest Performance award for his role as Edward in the Sanctuary episode ‘Revelations Part 2′.

All in all the awards ceremony was an amazing night for the production teams behind Stargate and Sanctuary who collectively amassed an amazing 38 nominations and at least 16 wins (final tally to be verified once all results are in).

The Leo Awards were founded in 1999 to provide support and recognition for the work of filmmakers.

Although it was Stargate Atlantis that ruled the night, with ten nominations and four wins from only its first season you have to give a lot of credit to the cast and crew of Sanctuary.

Sanctuary follows the adventures of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) and Magnus’ daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup) as together they track down, study and protect strange and sometimes terrifying creatures that secretly populate the Earth.

Sanctuary is the first television show based on an online series to ever be picked up for a second season (which will consist of 13 hour long episodes).

Production began on the second season of Sanctuary just over a month ago in Vancouver.

Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, Sanctuary is expected to return to SyFy in October 2009 where it will feature alongside Stargate Universe on Friday nights.  We’re guessing both of these series will feature heavily in the 12th Annual Leo Awards in 2010.

Visit the Leo Awards Official Website

Visit the Sanctuary Official Website

Visit the Stargate Atlantis Website

A full list of award winners will be published on the Leo Awards Official Website shortly.

‘Stargate SG1′ and ‘Atlantis’ Movies Could Be Shot Back To Back


MGM have officially turned on the green-light for a third Stargate SG-1 movie, and Executive Producer Brad Wright has confirmed an Atlantis film is still in the works.  In fact, both the third SG1 movie and the first Atlantis movie might find themselves shot back to back.

“When we start shooting the Stargate SG-1 movie depends on whether we do the two movies back-to-back,” Wright said. “The Stargate SG-1 movie will probably start shooting in the fall. I say ‘probably’ because there are a lot of deals that have to be finished being put in place before that can actually happen. That would leave the summer [of 2010] as the release time.”

Wright also added that although deals are still yet to be worked out, he still intends for the third SG-1 film to be Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) centric as has previously been reported.

“I had a story idea that really worked with O’Neill,” Wright said. “And it’s not just his character, by any means. It’s a Stargate story that brings O’Neill back in a big way.”

Producer Joseph Mallozzi and writing partner Paul Mullie are writing the script for the Atlantis movie.  Mallozzi has confirmed they hope to have the first draft done by the end of this month (April 2009)l.

“No firm production dates for either movies,” Mallozzi said, “but if I was a betting man, I’d be looking at this fall.”

Source: Gateworld

SCI FI Channel’s ‘Sanctuary’ going strong

Amanda Tapping in SanctuaryNot long after the SCI FI Channel announced the green-light for a second season of its new sci-fi series ‘Sanctuary‘ comes the news that its first season finale raked in 2 million viewers.  As a result, Sanctuary made it into the top 10 most watched cable television shows for its screening day.

But that’s not all.  Sanctuary has been doing extremely well episode by episode, with viewer numbers continuing to climb throughout the first season (after an impressive 3 million viewers tuned in for episode one).  With the success of the finale, Sanctuary averaged more than 2 million viewers for its full season making it the best performing first-year original scripted series to appear on SCI FI since the debut of Eureka.

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Today’s sci fi news in a nutshell

SupernaturalA couple of days ago I wrote a single post covering all the sci fi related news of the day.  That seemed to work well from both a writing and reading perspective.  What I might try from hereon is writing one post to cover the bulk of the news of the day and individual posts for specific, mind blowing news.  That way you’ll know if it’s a post on Sci Fi Scoop it’s of value because it will either contain a decent summary of the day’s sci fi news or something big and worthy of its own post.

Hugo Awards – Nominations for the 2009 Hugo Awards of 2009 are now open.  The Hugo Awards are the Academy Awards of science fiction.  If you don’t know what a Hugo is, take a look at this page where you can see the official definitions of what the Hugo Awards are, including the types of ‘best of’ categories available for nomination.  Anyone can vote, but it’ll cost you US $50 for a membership to get the rights.  Want to have your say?  Go here. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Stargate SG-1 movie in the works

Richard Dean Anderson will star in the third Stargate SG-1 movieAlthough the first Stargate SG-1 movie (The Ark of Truth) was a little lack luster, after watching the second Stargate SG-1 movie (Stargate Continuum) I’ve been very eager for a third movie.  After all, Stargate Continuum was brilliant.  Good news is Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright is working on it.  Bad news is, we’re going to have to wait until at least 2010 for it to hit our screens.

Though the third movie has no title yet, word is the film will focus on Jack O’Neill.  Yep, Richard Dean Anderson will be back in the lead role.  O’Neill’s character is cool, but between you and me, I’d prefer he wasn’t going to be the pivotal focus.  His time has come and gone in my view and, just like in Stargate Continuum, I personally would prefer to see him only as a guest star these days.  Yet, I can’t complain entirely.  Read the rest of this entry »