“Stargate: Atlantis” will come to a close at the end of its fifth season. The spin-off to the hit series “Stargate SG-1” was not picked up for a sixth season by the SCI FI Channel, but will live on in a two-hour movie that will air some time in 2008 on SCI FI.
The film is intended to be the first of several movies that will either air on the cabler or be released direct to DVD, along the lines of “Stargate: Continuum” and “Stargate: The Ark of Truth.”
“The show will live on as a network franchise,” said a spokesperson for SCI FI in a press release.
Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who created and executive produced Atlantis, pitched a third television series in the 11-year-old TV franchise to the network last year (story). While SCI FI has not yet announced a green light for that show, the end of Atlantis may clear the way — the dollars available for original programming, that is — for the next series.
SCI FI says that season Five will go out on a cliffhanger, with “Enemy At the Gate” expected to premiere in January and the first “Atlantis” movie to wrap up that hanging storyline.
“We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas,” Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently executive producers on Atlantis, said in a statement. â€œThe successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise.”
“We share in the producers’ enthusiasm to move forward in this direction and we look forward to a strong and continued relationship on Stargate Atlantis in this new format,” stated Thomas Vitale, SCI FI Channel senior VP of Programming & Original Movies.
At the time of this story, there was no official word from MGM on SCI FI’s decision. As we know more on this story, we’ll post them here at Slice of SciFi.