SCI FI Channel will
spin off its hit Stargate SG-1 series into Stargate Atlantis, a
weekly series set to premiere in the summer of 2004, the network announced. Production on 20 hour-long episodes of Stargate Atlantis is
set to start in early 2004. The series is the result of an agreement between SCI
FI and MGM Television Entertainment. The new series will debut alongside the
upcoming eighth season of SG-1.
Atlantis will center on a secret Earth base left by the originators of the
Stargate, buried among the ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis. A new team
of explorers will travel to a distant galaxy, where a primitive human
civilization is threatened by a sinister new enemy, SCI FI announced.
Atlantis will debut as a two-hour movie event on SCI FI and will feature
crossover appearances by members of the SG-1 cast. Atlantis'
regular timeslot will accompany SG-1.
Atlantis will be
distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution. Brad Wright and Robert
Cooper will serve as executive producers on the new series. Cooper is currently
executive producer on Stargate SG-1; Brad Wright is co-creator of
Stargate SG-1 and served as the series' executive producer for six
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