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Stargate Atlantis Movies

First Movie Untitled

Written by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie; Directed by Andy Mikita; Syfy Channel premiere 2010
The first Stargate Atlantis movie will be broadcast on the Syfy Channel (formerly the Sci Fi Channel in the USA) most likely in early 2010 before being released on DVD.

"When we were breaking Enemy at the Gate, we saw it as a very special episode, not because it would be our series finale (at the time, we were somewhat optimistic that we would get that sixth season pick-up), but because it was going to be our 100th episode. For that reason, it turned out to be a little different from past finales, less a cliffhanger and more of a coming full-circle that featured the star of the series: the city of Atlantis. It was also intended to be the launching point for a very interesting early season 6 scenario: With Atlantis back on Earth, why the hell would the I.O.A. ever let it go? And if it remained, which, by all indications seemed likely, what would become of its occupants, especially Ronon and Teyla? Also, with a permanent station in the Milky Way, wouldn‘t Atlantis, logically, cease to be a launch point for gate travel and, instead, become a research center for Ancient technology? Well, I guess you’ll never know the answer to these questions…

IF you don’t check out the Stargate: Atlantis movie that goes into production later this year, that is. But since, I suspect, most of you will, then you’ll have your answers in good time." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 10, 2009.


  • "About a month ago, with so much uncertainty about the future of the series, Rob Cooper pitched out the idea of shooting the SGA movie at the end of this season. His thinking was that if the series did end, we would have a movie in hand. If, however, the series was picked up, the “SGA movie” (codenamed Project Twilight) would simply become the opening two episodes of the show’s sixth season. Alas, this notion never got past the consideration stage and, as a result, we won’t be rolling right into it as planned. On the bright side, however, the network has greenlit the movie and we do have a terrific idea in mind. Obviously, I can’t say much about it at this point but suffice it to say that it should include the entire cast in addition to a certain gaunt and pallid flowing-locked guest star. And, if it proves anywhere as successful as the first two SG-1 direct-to-video features, you can be assured that this will be the first in a long, long line of Stargate Atlantis movies." — Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer and co-showrunner, August 21, 2008.
  • "I can say only that it will be a movie that will be more accessible to new viewers than something that is trying to resolve dangling threads. It will be, hopefully, more of a stand-alone story." — Brad Wright, August 21, 2008.
  • "It’s still in the very early planning stages but it will be big and chock full of great character moments. Beyond that - it’s too early to tell." — Joseph Mallozzi, August 22, 2008.
  • "If all goes as planned, we should be filming both the SGA movie and the third SG-1 around the same time next year." — Joseph Mallozzi, August 31, 2008.
  • "Paul and I will be writing and producing the first Atlantis movie. We will probably be asked to read and provide notes on the SG-1 film script as was the case with both Ark of Truth and Continuum." — Joseph Mallozzi, September 1, 2008.
  • "It’s unlikely we’ll see Weir or Ford in the Atlantis movie." — Joseph Mallozzi, September 1, 2008.
  • Concerning the survivors of the new team introduced in Season Five's "Whispers": "This episode was intended as an audition of sorts and, in the end, Christina [Cox, Maj. Anne Teldy], Nicole [de Boer, Dr. Alison Porter], and Janina [Gavankar, Sgt. Dusty Mehra] did a great job with their respective characters. I loved all three and we certainly aimed to bring them back. However, by the time this episode was being shot, we had already developed over two-thirds of the stories for season 5 and, once we got into spinning stories for the final 5, addressing existing arcs and setting up the big finale became the top priority. Nevertheless, I was hopeful that if we received the sixth season pick-up, Teldy and co. would be back. I even toyed with the idea of placing Beckett on the team. Sadly, we didn’t receive the pick-up. We did, however, get the greenight on an SGA movie so it’s more than likely we’ll see Teldy and her team again some time in the not too distant future." — Joseph Mallozzi, September 7, 2008.
  • From Solutions Q&A with Joseph Mallozzi, published September 9, 2008:
Q: When do you think you’ll have more firm information you can share about the first Atlantis movie?
A: Possibly in the coming weeks.
Q: How likely are crossovers from SG-1 in the first SGA movie?
A: It’s very possible that we’ll have, at the very least, limited crossover. Given the story we’ve been spinning, it would make sense to see Carter, Daniel, and Teal’c pay Atlantis a visit.
  • "Our big two-part [Season Six] premiere would have picked up where we’d left off after the shocking events of our fifth season finale: Enemy at the Gate. Would have picked up? What am I saying? WILL pick up since the idea originally conceived for the opening two-parter will now be the basis of the first Stargate: Atlantis movie, the difference being that we’ll be able to tell our story on a much bigger, visual effects-laden, character-centered canvas." — Joseph Mallozzi, September 30, 2008.
  • Concerning filming schedule: "Rumor has it late spring/early summer of next year, but I honestly couldn't tell you beyond that. I know Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis will be shooting movies at that time." — Amanda Tapping, SCI FI WIRE interview, October 2, 2008.
  • "Went into the office today and watched the producer’s cut of Enemy at the Gate. A fitting end to a terrific series, and one that’ll segue nicely into the movie - which Paul and I continue to spin. To those of you asking, it will ideally include all the familiar faces - and then some." — Joseph Mallozzi, October 6, 2008.
  • "I, meanwhile, have completed yet another pass on the preliminary beat sheet for the SGA movie that I’ll be sending Paul’s way on Monday." — Joseph Mallozzi, October 18, 2008.
  • "The beat sheet for the SGA movie is in Paul’s hands and he has promised to work on it this weekend and put it out on Monday." — Joseph Mallozzi, October 29, 2008.
  • "The outline for the SGA movie. Paul sent me the revised version this morning. He was working on it while I was in Japan and has come up with some great ideas. We’re two-thirds of the way through and now all we have to do is figure a way out of this fine mess. Lots of fun cameos and a major contribution from one recurring player in particular that is certain to have at least one fandom faction in a frenzy. Still in the process of working out that momentous shift in the status quo that will impact the lives of our characters. I’ll be shifting my focus to this (and only this) tomorrow." — Joseph Mallozzi, December 10, 2008.
  • "The Stage 6 Atlantis sets are all still there, and in fact are being augmented in preparation for the first Atlantis movie." — Creation Entertainment, January 19, 2009.
  • "Since we wouldn’t start shooting the Atlantis movie until the summer, as opposed to Universe which begins production in February, the series is more of a priority at this point. Also, because there is more work to do on SGU, you’ll be reading a lot more about it as well. As for the SGA movie - Paul and I have an outline we’re very happy with. The next step is to actually sit down and write it." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 24, 2009.
  • "So what, many of you have been asking, IS happening with the SG-1 and SGA movies? Well, at last report, Carl was about 20 pages away from a first pass of the script which will then find it’s way onto Brad’s laptop where he will do his pass. The Atlantis movie is still an outline but Paul and I will be starting work on the script in the coming weeks and hope to have it completed by April. An official production start date for either movie has yet to be announced. More detailed discussions on both movies will be taking place in the coming weeks and, hopefully, I’ll have more definitive news for you then regarding everything from actor participation to a preliminary schedule." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 26, 2009.
  • Concerning the Stargate Program going public: "Yeah, you know what? It was a possibility, it was something we considered, but obviously it couldn't really be dealt with in that episode [SGA's "Enemy at the Gate"]. We would have had to have come back to deal with it. And Brad has said that it's something that he wanted to deal with in SG-1. At this point I'm not sure -- if we had done it it would have run counter to what's going on with the third SG-1 movie. For that reason alone, we couldn't have done it. It would be nice to sort of take that step and open up and make the program public." — Joseph Mallozzi, About.com interview, posted in early February 2009.
  • "We haven't really gone out to the cast yet, but we always planned it to hopefully shoot in the summer. We picked a window where the cast should be available. It's just a matter at that point of trying to work out a deal with them, with the individual actors." — Joseph Mallozzi, About.com interview, February 2009.
  • Concerning cancellation and fan outcry: "In terms of Atlantis, it put a little bit more pressure on Paul and I to create a story [for the Atlantis movie] that would really appeal to fans of the show who have obviously gone through so much in the last few months with the cancellation, something that would be a really nice payoff for them, and I think we've got that story." — Joseph Mallozzi, About.com interview, February 2009.
  • "There was initial talk of a summer shoot but, given the tight scheduling, fall looks more likely." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 11, 2009.
  • "Wright and Cooper, and MGM, want to make an Atlantis movie. The fact the sets are still up and their space being paid for is evidence of MGM’s commitment to the movie. However, given the world economy, the people who fund the movies have put the breaks on actual production. Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie are working hard on the script, and they really want to make it as much as we want to see it." — Michelle, Solutions, April 5, 2009.
  • "Hey, you know what’s really tough? Okay, besides dinner party steak and learning to speak Japanese? Yep, getting back into the rhythm of writing a show you haven’t written for in over half a year. Especially when you’re not actually starting from the beginning of a script and picking up a good head of steam but simply jumping in at the half-way point. It’s like running an Olympic relay except that instead of a baton it’s a script you’re passing off, and instead of fellow runners your only opponent is a deadline, and instead of receiving a medal upon completion you receive notes and a request to please lose the space lobster sequence as the visual effects budget is already sky high. Anyway, after two days of brainstorming (a.k.a. procrastination) I finally sat down and forced myself back into the swing of things. And finished a scene and a half! At this blistering pace, we should be finished the script a good two or three weeks after we start shooting it (hopefully this fall). And it looks like it’s going to be long (if that’s okay with everybody). Lots of spectacularness to squeeze in this one including a…No, still too early for that." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 11, 2009.
  • "...feeling intermittent flashes of guilt for not getting back to that Atlantis script. Ultimately, I decided to take the day off, confident in my ability to complete the draft before my self-imposed May 1st deadline. Really, at this point the key players are enroute and things should move quickly. Aside from the minor hiccups of figuring out the whys and how-to’s of reuniting our heroes, and nailing down the shifting motivation behind the big throwdown, it should be smoooooth sailing. Yep. Back at it tomorrow." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 12, 2009.
  • "Hey, a very productive day on the Atlantis script front. I completed an astounding 12 pages. Turns out the key to both creativity and productivity is to wake early, start writing, and not stop until dinner. I’m having an especially good time writing for one character in particular. But he was always tons of fun to write for back when we were producing the series. And, no, it’s not who you think." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 13, 2009.
  • "Some terrific progress on the Atlantis movie script today as I hit the fast and furious climax. A LOT going on here with all of our characters in play and events going down in seven different locations. I approach the scene that’ll some thinking 'They wouldn’t dare!' Yep, we would. And will." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 15, 2009.
  • "I spent the morning working on the Atlantis script and hit the 90 page mark. From the looks of things, we should have a first draft by Monday. There are a lot of BIG moments throughout and the last third of the movie will be nothing short of spectacular. Action, humor, drama, and at least one character’s life will be forever changed! Yeah, I know. I’ve been watching too many network promos." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 16, 2009.
  • "On the script front, I’m past the climax and staring down a fairly chunky and heartfelt denouement. I’ve approached this movie as a special event and not just another big-budget episode of the show. No longer working within the more restrictive parameters of an ongoing series, we’re finally free to rattle some cages, upend established norms, and take some chances. We want to reward longtime fans with an outing that pays proper tribute to five years of Atlantis history while, at the same time, pursuing avenues that wouldn’t have been open to us a year ago. Could this be SGA’s last adventure? I very much doubt it but, in a way, you want to attack this script like it may well be. Truly impact the lives of these characters and have viewers come away with a sense of significance and satisfaction. Whether we can accomplish all this AND keep everyone happy is a daunting task but, hey, we’re up to the challenge." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 17, 2009)
  • "Spent most of the day dealing with other things, but managed to sit down and get in a couple of hours of script work tonight. Almost done. Have the goodbye scene to write, the big wrap-up and then…I’m done. Well, not quite. Then, I spend days re-reading what I’ve got, polishing it up, after which I’ll send it back to Paul who will read what I’ve done, question my sanity on certain decisions, and battle over a couple of elements before doing his pass." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 18, 2009)
  • Bailey: "PS - when you say “outing” do you mean you will finally reveal who the gay character in SGA is?" Answer: "Nope. Sorry." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 18, 2009)
  • "To borrow a Gordon Ramsayism: 'Stargate Atlantis Movie with satisfying conclusion…Done!.' Satisfying conclusion for who? Well, me for one. And, I suspect, for many fans as well although, of course, it goes without saying that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Still, I’m very happy with the story we have and with our ending in particular. Some doors are opened, some slammed shut (rather violently), while others are left ajar for future exploration…in the next big adventure provided the fans support this one. Not quite as long as I expected but, given the action sequences, it still may clock in with a robust running time. Yes, all of the regulars and semi-regulars you’ve grown to know and love are in play - Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, Ronon, Woolsey, Keller, Zelenka, Lorne, Beckett, Chuck, Banks, and Todd - in addition to a couple of surprise guest stars. But more on them as we draw closer to the that first day of principal photography. As for when that will be…no firm date yet but I’m still banking on a fall production alongside the SG-1 movie." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 19, 2009)
  • Dodecahedron writes: "If the 1st Atlantis movie doesn’t tie up the wraith storyline, will you guys eventually make a conclusion for the storyline? You know, the final defeat of the wraith like the ori and their followers had in AoT?" Answer: "We’re not thinking past this first movie so am unable to answer that question." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 19, 2009)
  • Dodecahedron writes: "What’s with the lack of Ladon Radim in the second half of Atlantis’ series run (he hasn’t been around since episode 50). Do you think the Genii will ever have an important role in future movies?" Answer: "Again, I can’t comment past this first movie." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 19, 2009)
  • PG15 writes: "Goodbye scene? Uh oh. Nothing good ever comes out of Goodbye scenes. Is it like 'Goodbye, for I have to shuffle off my mortal coil' kinda thing?" Answer: "Could be a little of both." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 19, 2009)
  • "Oh, and I found the time to do another pass on that Atlantis movie script. I wanted to have another go at the Beckett-Teyla scene but was sidetracked..." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 23, 2009)
  • "Went over the Stargate: Atlantis movie script today and I think it’s pretty tight. I’ll be sending it Paul’s way next week as I switch gears..." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 24, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Will the Atlantis Movie’s A plot be about the Wraith?" Answer: "While Todd the wraith will play a significant role in the proceedings, the A story will not focus on the wraith." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 24, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Will there be lots of action? Such P90 fire, Space battles, hand to hand scenes. Or will it be like a common episode’s dose of action? Do you think it will have more action than the previous movies?" Answer: "Yes, plenty of action for those who like that sort of thing." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 24, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Do you think the Atlantis movie will be released in the summer or the spring of 2010?" Answer: "I have no idea what MGM’s plans are regarding the movie’s release." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 24, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Oh and for the Atlantis movie release I think what I really meant was how long will you think post will be?" Answer: "Unable to say at this point. It’s all dependent on when the movie is shot and how VFX-heavy it is. In its present incarnation, the script boasts a lot of visual effects." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 25, 2009)
  • About Carter appearing in the movie: "I know for sure I want to do, will be doing the SG-1 movie. Atlantis -- Joe had mentioned the possibility of a cameo, but until I’m sitting on the set drinking tea with the crew... it’s not real." — Amanda Tapping, Gateworld interview, posted April 28, 2009.
  • Belouchi writes: "After the events of [Enemy at the Gate], all three earth ships were disabled after the battle with the super hive…. however we don’t know what happened to the Sun tzu…. will it be salvaged or written off like the Korolev?" Answer: "The Sun Tzu is still out there." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 29, 2009)
  • Ruffles writes: "1. How much time has passed since Enemy at the Gate? 2. Why is the team split up? 3. Any good scenes with Sheppard and Todd or Ronon and Todd? 4. Will our favorite supporting characters (Lorne and Zelenka) be featured? 5. Any Shep whump? (Come on! We’re dying here!) 6. Will any SG-1 or SGU characters be involved?" Answers: "1. Well, it aired January 9th, so almost three months. Oh, if you’re wondering about in relation to SGU - maybe days. And if you’re wondering in relation to the Atlantis movie - maybe a week. 2. The explanation is too long and involved for this blog. It might be easier if I just sent you a copy of the script. 3. “Good” is such a relative term. For instance, my wife insists that, over the course of her life, she has enjoyed a “good” kiwi - something I find very hard to believe. Do I think there is a good Sheppard and Todd or Ronon and Todd scene (or scenes) in the movie? Yeah, I do. 4. Yep. Both will be making significant contributions. 5. Yep. 6. Nope." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 29, 2009)
  • AnneTeldy writes: "Some time ago, you mentioned a very slight possibility that Major Anne Teldy and team would be in the movie. Will I they be?” Answer: "Alas, they won’t be in the Atlantis movie. Maybe the next one?" — Joseph Mallozzi (April 29, 2009)
  • TBA writes: "Regarding the SGA movie: is there any chance the Genii and Ladon Radim might pop up?" Answer: "Nope." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 29, 2009)

Further Reading



Stargate SG-1:

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Stargate Atlantis:

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