LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) -
The Sci Fi Channel has given the green light to a spin-off of "Stargate
SG-1" that will premiere next summer."Stargate Atlantis" will feature a
new cast and story rooted in the existing "Stargate" mythology. Sci Fi
has ordered 20 episodes of the show from producer MGM.
"Atlantis" will follow a new team that discovers the remains of a
secret base built by the Stargate's creators -- on Earth, of all
places, in the lost city of Atlantis. The team's discovery eventually
leads it to a faraway galaxy where a less-advanced human civilization
faces a threat to its existence.
Casting for "Stargate Atlantis" hasn't been announced yet. The new
series will launch with a two-hour movie that features some crossover
with characters from "SG-1.
"Following its premiere, "Atlantis" will run in tandem with "Stargate
SG-1," which will begin its third season on Sci Fi and eighth overall
(it began as a Showtime series) next summer. "SG-1's" current season
will resume in early 2004.