Based on the RED FACTION “first-person shooter” series of video games by THQ and Volition, RED FACTION: ORIGINS has made the jump to live action as a two hour film, as a potential back-door pilot for a TV series.
“Twenty-five years have passed since Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies to freedom…and ten years since vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter Lyra, and left a broken hero in their wake. Jake Mason, Alec’s last surviving son and a ranger in the Red Faction Militia, had never abandoned hope that somewhere in the raw outlands of Mars, his sister was still alive. Now, just as a powerful new enemy swarms across the planet, he’s found her, only to learn that his long lost sister is one of them…a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction and conquer the planet in the name of a madman. Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn apart by war.”
Stars Brian J. Smith (STARGATE: UNIVERSE), Robert Patrick (TERMINATOR 2), Kate Vernon (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and Gareth David-Lloyd (TORCHWOOD).
Directed by Michael Nankin (ROAR), written by Andrew Kreisberg from a story by Paul DeMao.
A production of Universal Media Studios and UFO Films.
Premieres this Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 Pm ET/PT on SyFy.
In the more or less unplanned-for Series Finale of STARGATE UNIVERSE, ‘Gauntlet’, the crew of the Ancients’ ship Destiny is surrounded by drone command ships at every turn, and they must take a stand against them to refuel and resupply—or risk being set adrift forever.
This is likely the last fans will see of STARGATE UNIVERSE, as it’s been indicated by SGU producer Brad Wright that the window has closed for any TVor Direct-to-DV movie that might have wrapped up the show in a more definitive manner. (See article)
The STARGATE frnachise has been a 14-year saga for MGM Television, beginning with SG-1 on Showtime, then moving to the Sci-Fi Channel and spinning off STARGATE ATLANTIS, and SGU for SyFy.
It’s possible that other STARGATE productions may surface in the future, but nothing appears to be in the works at this writing.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs at 9:oo PM ET/PT, followed by a new eppisode of SANCTUARY ‘Wingmen’ at 10:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy.
In tonight’s episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE “Epilog”, The Destiny’s crew must decide what to do with the refugee/descendants they’re carrying, as they discover their world is dead and uninhabitable.
SGU airs at 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy, as it head for its final episodes.
Afterwards, SANCTUARY moves into Mondays at 10:00 ET/PT, with the episode ‘One Night’. Star Amanda Tapping directed this enty, wherein Will and Abby are kidnapped, and Dr. Magnus myteriously cancels the team’s rescue plans when she learns who abducted the two.
STARGATE UNIVERSE moves to Mondays 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFY as it goes through its remaining episodes.
In Common Descent: “Destiny comes upon a colony where the people claim their civilization was founded two thousand years earlier… by Destiny’s crew.”
Directed by Peter DeLuise, written by Robert C. Cooper. Gateworld.net reports that SGU writer & executive Brad Wright announced at Creation Entertainment’s STARGATE convention this weekend that the hoped-for STARGATE UNIVERSE movie to wrap up the series is dead.
“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen. It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning”.
Wright also told the audience that plans for STARGATE: SG-1 and STARGATE ALTANTIS movies have been abandoned.
Is the a permanent end of STARGATE adventures? Brad Wright held out some hope.
“It’s a franchise. STARGATE is not over. Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.”
Here’s a sneak peek at tonight’s episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE, courtesy of SyFy, via 01000001011100100111.
Chloe’s (Elyse Levesque) body is taken over by the mind of someone the crew believed was dead. Meanwhile, Dr. Volker (Patrick Gilmore) is striken with an illness that threatens his life.
Written by Carl Binder.
SPOILER: The ‘dead’ character is Ginn (Julie McNiven), the Lucian Alliance girl who had a brief affair with Eli (David Blue) before being killed.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs tonight at 10:00 PM/9:00 Central on SyFy.
The last ten episodes of the cancelled STARGATE UNIVERSE begin on Syfy tonight at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
In the mid-season cliff hanger, ‘Resurgence’, the crew of the Destiny was caught in the midst of a battle that they were tricked into by the “seed-ship” aliens. In ‘Deliverance’ we’ll see how the ship survives. (See Clip)
Despite the cancellation, producer Brad Wright seemed upbeat, talking to BlastR.
“I’m pretty happy with the whole back 10. I think we come back from the break very, very strong, with some really, really moving episodes and actually some big action stuff. ‘Deliverance,’ which is the second part of the two-parter, has a ton of action in it.”
Next week will bring the episode ‘Twin Destinies’ .
“It’s actually a very big story too. It’s got a ton of scope and a significant amount of action, as well. … It sets up a huge story arc that will follow up the rest of the season. And I don’t really want to spoil it beyond that. I just want to say that there’s something that is initiated that takes place and carries on through the rest of the story.”
Are there any hopes for a real conclusion to STARGATE UNIVERSE or more of the franchise? Brad Wright seemed optimistic.
“There might be other possibilities out there, and maybe even a miniseries or movie. It’s not necessarily the end of the world.”
Syfy released the news of when its cancelled series STARGATE UNIVERSE will return, as well as the second half of Season Three of SANCTUARY.
“STARGATE UNIVERSE – Returns Monday March 7, at 10PM – Syfy’s drama-adventure series returns for its anticipated final ten episodes. The new episodes pick up with the Destiny crew in a battle with a drone command ship and the surprise arrival of the aliens that abducted Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Chloe (Elyse Levesque). The final season culminates with a dramatic conclusion for the fate of the Destiny crew, who face a difficult crossroads when they realize the time has come for them to take a risky stand … or they will be left adrift forever.
Guest stars appearing in the final episodes include Victor Garber (Alien, Titanic), French Stewart (3rd Rock From The Sun), Robert Picardo (Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Voyager, China Beach), Kathleen Quinlen (Apollo 13) and Julie McNiven (Supernatural, Mad Men).
Robert Cooper and Brad Wright, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, serve as executive producers and writers. SGU is produced and distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
SANCTUARY – Returns Friday April 15, at 10PM– Syfy’s original series returns with the next all-new 10 episodes of season three! The adventures pick up in the events of the mid-season finale’s cliffhanger, with the team at the mercy of the inimitable Ranna, played by Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome).
Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping as the brilliant Dr. Helen Magnus, Robin Dunne as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt.
One of television’s most groundbreaking series, shooting almost entirely on green screen, Sanctuary was the first television series in North America to use the RED camera exclusively. Its stunning visual effects were nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award. Created by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Sanctuary is produced in association with Syfy and is distributed by Tricon Films and Television. Season three of the series is executive produced by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Keith Beedie and Tricon Films.”
They also released details of their “un-scripted” shows”.
DESTINATION TRUTH, with a Live St. Patrick’s Day Investigation, which will then move to a new night on Tuesday March 22, at 9PM.
MARCEL’S QUANTUM KITCHEN – “Series Premiere Tuesday March 22, at 10PM – Syfy unveils the future of food with a daring new hi-tech cooking series for the modern age, featuring Top Chef’s Marcel Vigneron, one of America’s most notorious chefs on the cutting edge of the culinary field.” Seriously? A cooking show?
FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES – Season Two Premiere Wednesday March 23, at 10PM.
According to Deadline, SyFy has officially announced that it will not renew MGM Television’s STARGATE: UNIVERSE for a third season.
Recently airing it’s mid-season cliffhanger, the show’s ten remaining episodes will be broadcast in Spring 2011. The cable network has been showing some iteration of the STARGATE franchise since 2002, including the original STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE: ATLANTIS. SG-1 had a good run, beginning on SHOWTIME for five seasons before being picked up by the then Sci-Fi Channel. ATLANTIS only lasted 4 years before being retired (prematurely, fans thought) in favor of STARGATE UNIVERSE’s darker take on the STARGATE premise.
This often literally dark approach—sometimes so under-lit that it was hard to see what was going on— may have been what doomed UNIVERSE. The characters were lost in space, maraooned on an ancient, barely functioning space craft. Their shock, rage and disfunctional internal battles made them difficult to like, or even sympathise with or care about.
Towards the end of the first season, the show began to show other sides to the sometimes baffling attitudes and hostile personalities of the trapped military personnel and scientists. This year we got more insight, and a real level of empathy was developing. But for the average viewer, it was too little, too late.
According to the item, STARGATE UNIVERSE recently averaged only a 0.5 in viewers 18 to 49, apparently below the average ratings for SyFy’s shows that are being renewed.
A similar thing happened with the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA spin-off CAPRICA, canceled last month. The GALACTICA reboot might have been grim at times, but it made the viewer care about it’s flawed characters. The spin-off did not lay the groundwork of getting the audience to empathise with its major (and many minor) players before taking them down dark pathways.
Tellingly, the shows that are returning are the frothy, ‘quirky’ dramedies, WAREHOUSE 13, EUREKA, and HAVEN. Those shows rate well, featuring engaging, amusing and/or sympathetic characters.
Perhaps this will be a lesson to genre television producers: Build your characters up, before tearing them down.
Here’s a description and video clip from Tonight’s Mid-Season Finale of STARGATE: UNIVERSE, ‘Resurgence’.
“The crew’s newfound control over Destiny’s flight path introduces new risks when they find themselves in the middle of a war between two races.”
Directed by William Warning, screenplay by producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.
Guest stars: Mike Dopud (Varro), Peter Kelamis (Adam Brody), Patrick Gilmore (Dale Volker), Jennifer Spence (Lisa Park), and Lou Diamond Phillips returns as Col. David Telford.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy. Clip via MrGibbsOfficial