Stargate returns with new origin series

Stargate Origins. (Screengrab: YouTube)
Stargate Origins. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Cape Town – The Stargate science fiction TV series is being revived with a 10 episode streaming series titled Stargate Origins that will follow the adventures of the daughter of the archaeologist who first discovered the buried space portal in Egypt's sands.

Stargate Origins will be streamed on the new Stargate Command subscription-based digital site in America, but will likely be sold overseas as a TV series in the same way the upcoming Star Trek Discovery will be on the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service CBS Access in America but available on Netflix in the rest of the world.

The new series will be written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan and explore a brand new chapter in the young Catherine Langford’s early history surrounding the extraordinary portal.

Catherine Langford who made a few appearances in Stargate SG-1, is the daughter of the archaeologist who discovered the circle teleportation device and she goes on several adventures to unlock the musteries of what lies beyond the Stargate to save Earth from evil.

Watch a teaser here:

MGM’s Digital Group and entertainment studio New Form are producing Stargate Origins with filming that will start in August.

"We've been eager to revisit the Stargate franchise, and create an all-new story that honors the founding mythos and gives loyal fans more mystery and adventure," says Kevin Conroy, MGM president of digital & new platforms in a statement.

"We view Stargate Origins as a thank you to fans who have been keeping the spirit of the franchise alive for nearly 25 years. With the increasing popularity of digitally native content that can be streamed to any device, MGM is committed to the production of premium linear mid-form content and are proud to launch with Stargate Origins."

"We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with MGM and their trust in us as a leading digital-first studio to deliver the next compelling chapter of this fantastic Stargate franchise,” says New Form COO JC Cangilla.

With more than 380 episodes spanning nearly 20 seasons, the Stargate franchise is an award-winning, cultural phenomenon around the world.

Stargate SG-1 was first broadcast in South Africa on SABC2 that only showed the first few seasons and then dropped the show. The series was taken over by M-Net for one of its channels on DStv, with the subsequent spin-offs Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe that were both shown on M-Net Series.