While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al, the last of the Goa'uld System Lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, a fleet of Goa'uld motherships arrives in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen, Qetesh (Vala), and his first prime, Teal'c. SG-1 must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the Goa'uld.
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SG-1 gets involved once again with time travel.
"While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al, the last of the Goa'uld System Lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, a fleet of Goa'uld motherships arrives in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen, Katesh, (Vala) and his first prime, Teal'c. SG-1 must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the Goa'uld." — Business Wire, MGM Greenlights New Stargate Movies, January 15, 2007.
- Announcement of the movie was made online by TV Guide, October 11, 2006:
- Stargate SG-1 may be winding down its 10-year-run this spring, but here’s some exciting news for its fans. MGM has granted a green light — and enough money — to produce two movies, most likely for DVD, executive producer Brad Wright tells TV Guide. The first flick will tie up most of the finale’s loose threads — “It’s the climax of the Ori story line” — and will be written-directed by exec producer Robert Cooper. The second film, penned by Wright, will involve time travel, and both projects should debut in the fall of 2007. Though no deals are signed, SG-1’s stars are said to be “very eager” to continue.
- “They’re not big-budget [films] by any definition, but for us it’s pretty good,” says Wright. “As we’ve proven over the years, just give us little more money and we can make pretty good television, or DVDs.
- “There’s a sense of an era for us ending,” Wright continues, “but at the same time, we’re all positive because of the prospect of continuing forward with movies and the introduction next year of Stargate Worlds, a massive multiplayer online game.”
- Michael Shanks comments on his interest in being a part of these movies: "Oh yeah, absolutely," he says. "We know that it's going to be a better way to take some time and tell some good stories instead of what we've been doing a lot of years - telling some good stories and some not so good. This time we can really take our time and I think it's a dream fulfilled for a lot of people. Certainly a better wish would be to do a big budget feature film, but to do things like this, with less time commitment and more care taken, is something that we all are very interested in doing; especially if this is going to be the end of the road, then this is a great way to go out." — Michael Shanks, "Skating Past The Gate" Interview on Michael Shanks Online, October 2006.
- "Asked about the DVD movies, he [Michael Shanks] said he doesn't know much, but one is supposed to resolve the Ori storyline, while the other one, being written by Brad Wright, is about time travel-Ba'al-submarines. He doesn't know much and only found out the movies had been green-lit on the internet while he was in Bulgaria." — Solutions Features: Burbank Creation Con Report by Michelle, November 2006.
- "He's [Cliff Simon who plays Ba'al] excited about the movies that are going to be shot next year. He has a "yes" on one and a "maybe" on the other, but it's a Hollywood yes, meaning no contract yet. He's heard that filming will take place in May and June of '07. He expects the movies to be really good story-wise and in terms of special effects." — Solutions Features: Burbank Creation Con Report by Michelle, November 2006.
- "As a matter of fact, just last night Brad [Wright] and I were talking about how we're going to work live orchestra into the movies. And we were just discussing that and how, logistically, we were going to do that. Because there is a little more budget on that. So we can do it." — Joel Goldsmith, composer, Interview at Gateworld, December 2006.
- IGN Interviews Michael Shanks, published December 18, 2006:
- IGN TV: Though there isn't going to be a next season, there was an announcement that movies would be in the works. Are you set to appear in the movies and is there anything you can tell us about what the movies will center around? I didn't know if you'd got those scripts yet or not. I know I heard something about filming starting in April and June.
- Shanks: I just finished negotiations - I think most of the cast has finished for appearances in movies - as far as I know, you guys by reading stuff on the Internet know as much as I do, because all we knew were we were going to do two movies, and Rob and Brad were going to pull away from the Atlantis franchise and focus on doing these movies - Rob was going to write one and Brad was going to write one. Rob was going to direct one and I think Martin Wood was going to direct the other.
- We know the first shoot date of the first movie is April 15th and the second is around June 1st. [...]
- And Brad is writing one, as far as I know, is a bit more standalone that will involve some kind of time travel and has something to do with our main mustache twiddling villain Baal doing something in the past that alters…he basically finds a way to lift the stargate from Earth so the Stargate Program never happens, and I imagine the characters will have to go through some process to reset the clock and fix everything over the course of two hours. Quite frankly that is as much as I know. I haven't even talked to the guys about it. They told us these pitches in September, so I haven't talked to anyone since then so that could've changed overnight, I have no idea. Everybody is very excited to close the book on the show and maybe it will introduce the possibility of continuing the franchise in the DVD format or taking it to another level and boosting it up to a feature film or it just might be on closing the book on it or another spinoff - who knows. There is a lot of potential for the franchise and it would be a shame just for it to end, but it has been a wonderful run.
- "Regarding yesterday's post, SG-1 Forever writes: 'Jack would be awesome! Can you tell us if he's in the movies, Joe?' Answer: Nothing to report on this front (sorry)..." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, January 10, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: Cooper, Wright Talk Stargate's Future, January 14, 2007:
- MGM has financed the movies based only on projected DVD sales, but are looking for broadcast deals as well. The funding for each of the 2 DVD movies is more than it would be for 2 episodes, but still nowhere near a feature-type budget, so they will be using their creativity to make it look big on a TV-movie budget. All of the main cast have signed for the movie, and they have contacted RDA about appearing as O’Neill in one or both movies. No work on whether that will work out business-wise or not.
- The second movie is more of a standalone story, although, if the actors are available, it will bring back a lot of fan favorites. The intention is to get fans used to the idea of SG-1 movies, to whet their appetites for more.
- The movies will not be tied to an exact length, so they can edit them to have all the scenes and shots that make sense for the stories, rather than being tied to 44:15 like they were for episodes. They will also be shot in widescreen 16×9 format without ‘protecting’ the center of the screen, for a movie-like feel.
- The movies will keep RCC and BW busy until the summer time. They are writing now, planning of 4 weeks of shooting for each starting in mid April, then the usual post-production.
- The second DVD movie will be called Stargate Continuum. It will be a time travel story. He [Brad Wright] wants to prove it could be the first in a string that could continue the SG-1 legacy. It will feature characters who are dead in current show canon, but can be brought back because of time travel. He would really like RDA to be in one or both movies, but it’s up to RDA and the business side to work it out. At the time of the interview, Beau Bridges was not yet signed for the movies. Wright hopes that Martin Wood will direct the second movie.
- He [Brad Wright] does not feel going direct to DVD for the movies is a bad thing. As home theaters become so good, more and more people prefer to watch movies on DVD. The 16×9 widescreen format gives them a lot more freedom to film in a movie style as well, rather than having to keep all the action in the center of the screen for 4×3 TV’s.
- "While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al, the last of the goa'uld system lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, a fleet of goa'uld motherships arrives in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen, Katesh, (Vala) and his first prime, Teal'c. SG-1 must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the goa'uld." — Business Wire, MGM Greenlights New Stargate Movies, January 15, 2007.
- "Anonymous #5 writes: “I read in Variety that Beau Bridges is going to be starring in a new show for Fox. Does this mean General Landry won't be in the movies?” Answer: Congratulations to Beau who is hilarious on My Name is Earl and I’m sure will prove just as hilarious on his new series. And, yes, General Landry will be making an appearance in both SG-1 movies." — Joseph Mallozzi, Personal Blog, February 21, 2007.
- "Today was the big Arctic briefing for Stargate: Continuum. Those heading up North for the shoot were regaled with sobering warnings on thin ice, wandering polar bears, and wind gusts that freeze exposed skin in less than three seconds. But assurances were made that everyone would be accompanied by “someone with ice experience”. Like, say, a shotgun-toting Dorothy Hamel?" — Joseph Mallozzi, Personal Blog, February 27, 2007.
- "David McKee writes: “What does your Magic 8 Ball say about the prospects for Jacob Carter returning in "Continuum"?” Magic 8 Ball says: Outlook not so good." — Joseph Mallozzi, Personal Blog, March 4, 2007.
- From ComingSoon.net's "Stargate: Continuum to Film Scenes in the Arctic," March 14, 2007:
- MGM is teaming with the U.S. Navy to capture a series of bone chilling adventure scenes for the studio's upcoming "Stargate SG-1" direct-to-video, "Stargate: Continuum." Cast members, including Ben Browder ("Stargate SG1's" Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell) and Amanda Tapping (Lt. Col. Samantha Carter) will travel to the sub-zero climate of the Arctic to shoot at the Navy's Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) for the week of March 23 through 29. Martin Wood, Director of over 70 "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis" episodes, is confirmed to direct "Stargate: Continuum."
- "Stargate: Continuum," which is being co-financed by MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, will shoot a variety of scenes on location in the Arctic ice, located approximately 200 nautical miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. In addition to the frigid outdoor environments, the filming will also involve U.S. Navy submarine USS Alexandria (SSN-757). Among the most visually stunning and dramatic scenes to be filmed at the location involves the submarine as it bursts through the ice and into the cold Arctic air with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees below zero.
- Playback Magazine reported that Richard Dean Anderson will be in the movie. "Stargate goes nuclear", March 17, 2007.
- "Siler will not be making the move to Atlantis but will be putting in an appearance in Continuum." — Joseph Mallozzi, Personal Blog, March 21, 2007.
- Lexa Doig cancelled her appearance at the Vulcon: Ladies of Sci-Fi convention to be held May 18-20 due to the changes in the filming schedule of Stargate Continuum, according to the Vulcon convention website, accessed March 26, 2007. However, in an interview conducted while filming her new movie Killer Eyes before the resumption of filming of Continuum, Doig didn't mention being in the same movie with her husband, Michael Shanks, when he stopped by her trailer during the interview. She said that she had nothing planned after Killer Eyes but "motherhood" (Interview published May 27, 2007).
- Those who attended the Vancouver Creation Con report that N. John Smith said that special sets will be built to accommodate Michael Shanks's filming of Daniel Jackson's scenes in the Arctic. Shanks was not available for the Arctic shoot because he was filming a four-episode arc for FOX TV's 24. — Solutions Blog: SG-1 Spoilers: Continuum Locations and Sets, March 28, 2007.
- Reuters reports of the extreme dangers of filming in the Arctic Circle and also reveals that the movie is costing between $6-7 million to produce. — "Stargate" filmmakers risk lives in Arctic Circle, March 27, 2007.
- The opportunity arose because Barry Campbell, who runs the ice camp, is a fan of Stargate. "He invited [executive producer] John Smith to visit the ice camp, then it became John and a few people from the show, and it snowballed from there," executive producer Brad Wright told StargateAtlantis.com. "When I was conceiving the story, I came up with a reason that SG-1 could end up stranded in the Arctic and get rescued by a submarine -- and Jack O'Neill -- and Barry has been very accomodating. So has Erik Reynolds, the Navy liaison." — SG-1 cast to film in the Arctic, StargateAtlantis.com, March 14, 2007.
- Question: "Did Martin Wood wear his shorts up in the Arctic?" Answer: "Find out in the Stargate: Continuum tease Ivon Bartok has put together for the season 10 dvd release." — Joseph Mallozzi, Personal Blog, April 11, 2007.
- The Stargate crew was featured in Navy Lab "post cards" (similar to a blog) while filming in the Arctic. There are pictures and an entry made by Amanda Tapping. — Solutions Blog: Navy Lab Chronicles Stargate Filming, April 11, 2007.
- Barry L. Campbell, head of operations at the San Diego-based U.S. Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, presented the idea to Executive Producer N. John Smith at a Stargate convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has a speaking role in the film. — Navy Newsstand: Stargate Stars Film Movie Aboard USS Alexandria at the Polar Ice Pack, April 18, 2007.
- "In the second movie, we get to see a completely different side of the character [Daniel Jackson] — we get to see him vulnerable in a way we've never seen before. I won't give away specifics, but something he's never had to go through before, but be alive, which is different. It's kind of neat. I know it was kind of a last-minute thing that Brad [Wright] offered for the character because I wasn't able to go and shoot scenes in the Arctic. So, it's one of these compromises that turned into a real neat character thing that's going to be fun to play." — Michael Shanks, SciFi.com interview, May 2007.
- IMDb is reporting that Steve Bacic will be reprising his role as Camulus.
- "Jacqueline reprises her recurring role from Stargate SG-1 as the evil Hindu goddess/go'auld Nirrti in the upcoming movie Stargate: Continuum. Shoots May, 2007." — Jacqueline Samuda's Official Website, Jacqueline appears in Stargate movie as evil Nirrti!, May 15, 2007.
- Concerning filming scenes with Ben Browder, Michael Shanks stated in his May 17 blog entry at TVGuide.com that the tendency for keeping the two actors apart (presumably because they look too much alike) continues in the movies, where Shanks implies that they don't have much of an opportunity to work together (share scenes).
- Joseph Mallozzi published some photos from the "up-and-coming sets" for the movie in his May 21, 2007, blog entry. One is of a storage crate damaged by the Stargate's "kawhoosh" and others appear to be parts of a weather-worn yacht. In his May 22 entry, he included more set pictures (a gimbaled set) and candids of actors Michael Shanks and Don S. Davis who was wearing Lt. Gen. George Hammond's class A uniform. He also mentioned that Richard Dean Anderson was in the production offices and expressed his excitement about being back with the Stargate crew.
- "Shooting for the second Stargate movie, “Continuum”, began this week and it’s going strong. Martin Wood is directing this one, and Brad Wright has been on set almost everyday making sure everything is just how he likes it. Also Peter Woeste is the DOP (he was also the DOP for “The Ark of Truth”) and this guy is truly a talented photographer. We watched some dailies and I have to say, shooting those movies on film is going to make them look incredibly cool. Now I’m a film purist – ever since film school. I love the depth of field film creates, the contrasts between light and dark, and how forgiving film is in making the actors look… well, wunderbar… But no one can deny that HD is now the dominant medium for television. We’ve been shooting Stargate and Atlantis on HD for the last couple years, and the results have been great." — Alex Levine, scifi.com blog, May 31, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi published in his June 1 blog entry several more behind-the-scenes pictures that include Teal'c as Ba'al's First Prime and some interesting sets sure to spark fan speculation. — Solutions Spoiler Blog, June 2, 2007.
- "Afterward, production resumed in Vancouver from May 22nd to June 14th, during which time Richard returned to the set in late May and again in early June to shoot several more scenes. In the movie, SG-1 gathers to witness the execution of Ba'al, the last of the Goa'uld System Lords, but suddenly history is changed, and SG-1 must journey through several alternate timelines in an attempt to set things right. On June 4th and 5th, the cast and crew were shooting the pivotal scenes in which SG-1 confronts their nemesis, Ba'al, and the events are set into motion that will send them through time." — Richard Dean Anderson Web Site, June 4-5 Update.
- SCI FI WIRE Interview with Robert C. Cooper, June 13, 2007:
- The second movie, Continuum, will be a stand-alone story conceived by Cooper's fellow executive producer Brad Wright. Wright, who co-created SG-1, leveraged the show's ties with the military for Continuum.
- "In some respects, Brad's idea evolved out of the fact that the Navy had come to us and said, 'If you ever want to shoot in the Arctic, we'd love to take you up there,'" Cooper said. "'We have a couple of nuclear submarines you could shoot on.' So Brad said, 'Wow, I'm just going to write a movie around that.' We were the first production ever to shoot that far north. It was a pretty cool experience for everyone that went." Cooper paused, then added: "A very cold experience."
- Stargate SG-1's warm relationship with the U.S. military began in season one, when the producers needed permission to use stock shots of the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, which is the home of Stargate Command in the show's fictional universe. Eventually, the military vetted scripts for accuracy, and two chiefs of staff had cameo roles as themselves. "As things progressed, we started to say, 'Hey, send us up a C-130 or a couple of F-18s,'" Cooper said. "There are two F-15s that are parked out at Vancouver airport now that we're shooting in [for Continuum]."
- "A second DVD, “Continuum,” coming next spring, will feature an alternate-timeline story in which O’Neill, Carter and Mitchell find themselves in the 1939 Arctic battling Nazis — and an old alien enemy — over the newly discovered Gate." — TV GUIDE, June 18-24, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi included eight pictures from the filming of scenes in a refrigerated boat set in his June 13 entry:
- "They were shooting a scene from Continuum on stage 2 which had been refrigerated for the occasion. While Michael and Amanda were outside thawing out, Martin was setting up his next shot which required Ben to make his way through the dark and frozen ship with only a flashlight to lead him. I had goosebumps and I could barely keep my teeth from chattering. It was that creepy. And cold.
- "Minutes later, Martin had his shot and called lunch. As the crew filed out, no doubt headed for warmer climes, Lawren and I hopped aboard and checked out the frosted boat."
- "But there are mechanical aids to move the replica of a 1940s-era ship being used in the second of two Stargate SG-1 direct-to-video films. [...] The second movie, Stargate: Continuum, is a stand-alone story that includes time travel and was partially shot in the Arctic with the help of the U.S. Navy and one of its nuclear submarines. That location explains the necessity of refrigerating the Continuum set to accurately reproduce the actors' frosty breath." — From The Province: Stargate secrets revealed at last, June 17, 2007.
- "Continuum has wrapped and I’m sorry to report that, contrary to the recent TV Guide spoiler, our team will not be traveling back to 1939 to battle Nazis. Not that it wouldn’t be cool to see them battle Nazis, but just that the script never called for Nazis. I suggested we could call for some re-shoots and insert a Nazi or two in the big fight sequences, but Brad put the kibosh on my suggestion. So, to clarify, the team will not be traveling back in time to fight the Nazis, but will still be traveling back to do battle with the combined forces of the Abominable Snowman and starfaring ice pirates. Glad I could clear that up." — Joseph Mallozzi in his personal blog, June 18, 2007.
- Ben Browder shared a little with SCI FI WIRE about his experience in the Arctic in an interview posted June 19, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi included three pictures of the boat set from the last day of filming on Continuum in his June 20 blog entry.
Note that all spoilers are subject to change before the finished film is produced.
In Stargate Wiki Character Order:
- Richard Dean Anderson as Gen. Jack O'Neill
- Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson
- Amanda Tapping as Lt. Col. Samantha Carter
- Christopher Judge as Teal'c
- Ben Browder as Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell
- Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran
- Don S. Davis as Lt. Gen. George Hammond
- Beau Bridges as Gen. Hank Landry
- Cliff Simon as Ba'al
- Steve Bacic as Camulus (Source: IMDb)
- Jacqueline Samuda as Nirrti (Source: Samuda's Official Website)
- Dan Shea as Sgt. Siler (Source: Joseph Mallozzi)
Arctic Shoot: USS Alexandria and U.S. Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory:
- Electronics Technician 2nd Class Courtney D. Miler, a longtime Stargate fan, played an extra.
- Barry L. Campbell, head of operations at the San Diego-based U.S. Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, presented the idea to Executive Producer N. John Smith at a Stargate convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has a speaking role in the film.
- Written by Brad Wright
- Directed by Martin Wood
- Filming: March 23-29, 2007 in the Arctic; May 22-June 14, 2007 in Vancouver.
- Solutions Blog: TV Guide: 'Gate Expectations: SG-1 OK'd for Two Films
- Michael Shanks Online: "Skating Past The Gate" Interview, October 2006
- Solutions Features: Burbank Creation Con Report by Michelle, November 2006.
- Gateworld Interview with Joel Goldsmith: "Gate Harmonics", Part 1 of 2, December 2006.
- IGN Interviews Michael Shanks (page 3), published December 18, 2006.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, January 10, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: Cooper, Wright Talk Stargate's Future, January 14, 2007.
- Business Wire: MGM Greenlights New Stargate Movies: Studio Continues Record Breaking Franchise by Releasing “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” and “Stargate: Continuum”, January 15, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, February 21, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, February 27, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, March 4, 2007.
- ComingSoon.net: Stargate: Continuum to Film Scenes in the Arctic, March 14, 2007.
- USS Alexandria SSN 757
- Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS)
- Playback Magazine, "Stargate goes nuclear", March 17, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: SG-1 Spoilers: Wright and Anderson on Continuum, March 21, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: SG-1 Spoilers: Tapping on Filming Continuum, March 21, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, March 21, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: SG-1 Spoilers: Browder on Continuum, March 26, 2007.
- SG-1 Spoilers: Continuum Locations and Sets, March 28, 2007.
- SG-1 Spoilers: Martin Wood on Continuum Location (includes link to Reuters article, "Stargate" filmmakers risk lives in Arctic Circle), March 28, 2007.
- StargateAtlantis.com: SG-1 cast to film in the Arctic, March 14, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, April 11, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: Navy Lab Chronicles Stargate Filming, April 11, 2007.
- Navy Newsstand: Stargate Stars Film Movie Aboard USS Alexandria at the Polar Ice Pack, April 18, 2007.
- Michael Shanks interview (video) at SciFi.com, May 2007.
- Jacqueline Samuda's Official Website, Jacqueline appears in Stargate movie as evil Nirrti!, May 15, 2007.
- Solutions Blog: SG-1 Spoilers: "Continuum" Resumes Filming May 22 (article dated May 16, 2007)
- Michael Shanks's TVGuide.com Blog, May 17, 2007
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, May 21, 2007 and companion article at Solutions Blog
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, May 22, 2007 and companion article at Solutions Blog
- Interview with Lexa Doig onset of Killer Eyes, published May 27, 2007.
- Alex Levine's blog at scifi.com, May 31, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, June 1, 2007 and companion article at Solutions Blog
- Richard Dean Anderson Web Site, June 4-5, 2007 Update.
- SCI FI WIRE: SG-1 Ends, Begins on DVD, Interview with Robert C. Cooper, June 13, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, June 13, 2007
- Solutions Blog: TV Guide, Mallozzi Give Spoilers for Movies, June 14, 2007.
- The Province: Stargate secrets revealed at last, June 17, 2007.
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, June 18, 2007
- SCI FI WIRE: Browder Froze in Continuum, June 19, 2007
- Joseph Mallozzi's Blog, June 20, 2007
--DeeKayP 13:20, 11 October 2006 (PDT)