Does Amazon Buying MGM Mean New Stargate Shows and Movies

Amazon has bought MGM for $8.45 billion. The main property driving this is the James Bond franchise. Amazon also wanted the catalog of more than 4,000 films—12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and 17,000 TV shows—including Stargate SG1, Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Vikings.

In 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

MGM did not have the money to develop many of their shows. They did not invest in new Stargate TV shows. Amazon has the Expanse. The Expanse’s budget is around $4 million per episode. The Stargate TV shows had a budget of about $2.2 million ten years ago.

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Written by Brian Wang,

28 thoughts on “Does Amazon Buying MGM Mean New Stargate Shows and Movies”

  1. Remake? They just need to finish it. They could wrapup entire storyline with just one or two Stargate movies.

    Unlike many other Stargate fans I was a-okay with SGU. The darker tone really reflected well on the fact that the show revolved around a group of scientists and soldiers who never anticipated leaving their friends and family behind FOREVER. The other two shows centered on people who were vetted for these missions and knew in advance they'd return to Earth at the end of the day, or at least knew in advance returning to Earth might not be a possibility.

  2. It wouldn’t be a reboot. All evidence points to (some) of the original actors and a continuation of the storyline.

  3. numbers are not really available on demand for new movies/ series vs old libraries vs re-makes — and how they will be distributed. The limited/ changing library on the subscription model may not grow much; movies will likely not even get to 60% of the before-times (mostly due to perm-closed theatres); and hard copies – do people search and buy DVDs, blu, and higherDef stuff? Point: content price vs long-term profitability in these new-ish models uncertain.

  4. ah. the perennial question: what is more important? remake/ spin-off fan-service (slavish devotion to uncontroversial canon (impossible) so that the basement dwellers on their reddit boards can revel in the easter eggs and post-high-school nostalgia) -or- originality (expensive and unlikely productions, many of which will be subject to grandiose demands from over-paid actors or questionably-talented unknowns and predatory production unions, to small factions of genre devotees on dozens of streaming services) -or- animation/anime saturation of bizarre southeast asia storylines or adapted 'literature type' novels/ short stories/ graphic-novs (barely followed, hardly discussed, difficult to find/ access).
    Hmmm… tis a golden era of unspeakable choice, so that one may not possibly see all that they want and still hold a full time job and ensure daily cleaning/ nutrition.

  5. Let's just have things enter the public domain faster.

    There have been a ton of reimaginings of The Wizard of Oz and we don't complain that anyone "ruined" it, because none of it has the power to be official canon. But some of the new takes can be quite fun.

  6. In many ways the show already diverged from our reality. For instance, there never was a 9-11 in Stargate… at least no mention of it or a War on Terror.

    I personally think the way to go for the series is a reality where full public disclosure occurred shortly after the arrival of Atlantis. It would be next to impossible to keep something that big hidden. Heck, just landing Atlantis would have set off numerous tsunami early warning systems for the Pacific Ocean, not to mention Atlantis came down uncloaked, so numerous people would have seen it. The show just doesn't make sense to carry on as if the public is unaware.

    The Stargate episode where it's first discovered time travel is possible with a Stargate, called 1969 I think, had a scene where SG-1 encounter an elderly version of Cassie, who was a child the last time anyone with SG-1 saw her. In that episode they hint at what's to come, so it's about time they worked toward the future imagined.

  7. I would add: why are you keeping all this a secret yet? up to what lengths do you go to keep it secret?

    Because in order to work and match our current world look and feel, the series would have to continue with the secrecy. Probably blaming the Covid19 pandemic on some cover-up of an alien virus or some such.

    But the more they hide those wondrous secrets, the more they keep humanity in the dark, suffering needlessly and hoarding it for themselves. Even if they started with the best of intentions, they would be the legit Men in Black of folk legends by now.

  8. I liked the Stargate movie with James Spader well enough (in its time), just could could not get into any of the multitude of Stargate tv shows. I tried, but nope.

    What else they got?

  9. Lots of old shows and movies being remade with woke drag queens and verbose communist diatribes. Sign me up.

  10. The original writers have been developing a new series (not Origins!) in the same canon for a couple of years now, and it's apparently reasonably far along behind the scenes. It would make no sense for Amazon to axe it and start something new, when they would benefit so much from the "box set effect" of obtaining the entire Stargate back-catalogue. With how long it takes to develop, script, set-build, etc., I'd think it'd be ready to follow the year after the final season of the Expanse.

  11. Better yet invest your time and energy in family, learning and your job. Those are better than the best TV has to offer.

  12. Remember how modern writers treated the older episodes of Star Trek? Why would you assume that modern writers for a Stargate series would do any better?

    They’ll take a dump on everything fans liked just like they did with the Picard series.

  13. I loved stargate (SG-1 & Atlantis, not universe), and would love to see it revived. But as a continuing storyline, not a reboot. With the former actors having occasional cameos, unless of course they want to be in it regularly, in which case , your hired.

  14. There's lots of dangling plot points that need resolved…

    * The crew of Icarus Base stuck on Discovery in hypersleep in between galleries.
    * The conflict with the Ori that wasn't entirely resolved with the Ark of Truth movie.
    * The city ship, Atlantis, which was last seen on Earth at the end of Stargate: Atlantis.
    * Various Goa'uld and Jaffa remnants vying for power with the remains of the Goa'uld System Lords.

    There's a lot with which to work, but whether they can succeed at it is another matter.

  15. Hollywood is putting out so much mediocrity that Do It Yourself (DIY) entertainment is becoming more popular:

    "The companies' race to attract and keep creators represents an evolution of the social media creator economy, which for years was based around earning money through ad revenue sharing and brand sponsorships. The sponsorship market reached $8 billion in 2019 and is projected to hit $15 billion by next year, according to influencer marketing firm Mediakix."


  16. Won't get past the fact that, objectively, Thelma and Louise was a viciously anti-feminism movie.
    It's about a woman who is happily married to an apparently decent, if boring guy. All through the movie she is given a choice between doing what her husband says, going back to her husband, obeying the white male sheriff (or marshal or cop or something), and just doing what traditional morality tells her. At every stage she rebels against trad-wife-life, and the result is that things get worse and worse for her. Eventually the white male sheriff is trying to get them to stop the car, they don't listen, and die.

    Somehow this was seen as a positive for women at the time, but to risk that they would get away with such a story again is not something you would chance in the 2020s. If nothing else modern internet trolls would deliberately start praising the story as a punishment-for-thots and rub their face in it.

  17. Maybe we need to tweak copyright law so that nobody, even the owners, aren't allowed to use a story or character after a certain time period?

  18. The movie and the Stargate SG1 series were campy fun and oh-so-very 90s. That is, upbeat, optimistic, we-can-beat them fun.

    Later it tried to be 2010s fashionable on the Stargate: Universe series and it got angsty, existential and boring.

    A reboot would be awful, most likely. Due to the tendency of modern Hollywood to insert any fashionable moral narrative of the day on any series reboots.

    A continuation of the story might be more interesting, but it's also rife with the risk of making it a propaganda piece for the politics of the authors, trying to "stay relevant" instead of making if fun.

  19. I think Amazon should do a Thelma & Louise and Star Wars mash-up just to tick off Disney.

    It would be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and the closing scene would be a CGI that shows Luke and Leia going over a cliff in a busted-up convertible land speeder.

    With James Earl Jones laughing in the background…

  20. Lets hope that the answer is a firm NO. The track record for franchise reboots/restarts is awful and there is no reason to think that Amazon wont mess things up.

    Star wars, Star Trek, Dr Who, etc. Once valuable IP now reduced to dust and ashes.

  21. I cancelled Amazon and closed all accounts. Couldn't take the messaging. Same for Disney.
    They would ruin the franchise anyway. Hollyweird is dead.

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