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Stargate Atlantis: Series Cancelled, No Season Six

IMAGEWhen Stargate SG-1 ended its run in March 2007, fans of the franchise could take solace that they’d still have weekly Stargate adventures courtesy of spin-off Stargate Atlantis. Now, Atlantis is being cancelled as well.

Stargate Atlantis debuted on July 16, 2004 on Sci Fi. The series follows the adventures of a human expedition to the lost city of Atlantis in the Pegasus Galaxy. While Atlantis generally hasn’t been as popular as the SG-1 series, it still has a lot of fans. After five seasons on the air, Sci Fi Channel has announced that the series is ending.

The cancellation didn’t come as a complete surprise to the producers. On his blog, showrunner Joseph Mallozzi cites rising production costs and the decline of the US dollar as contributors. He and showrunner Paul Mullie broke the news to the cast and crew themselves. Thankfully it seems like the adventure isn’t over quite yet.

The second half of season five will air as expected on Sci Fi beginning in January. The 100th episode, titled “Enemy At the Gate,” will be the show’s last. The Atlantis story will then continue in a two-hour movie. The as-yet-untitled movie will run on Sci Fi and soonafter be released on DVD.

Mallozzi and Mullie will write the movie script. It’s not yet known who will direct the project. Mallozzi writes, “Obviously, I can’t say much about it at this point but suffice it to say that it should include the entire cast in addition to a certain gaunt and pallid flowing-locked guest star.” A release date should be forthcoming soon.

Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, the SG-1 and Atlantis co-creators, are upbeat about the news. In a statement, they said, “We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas. The successes of the two original Stargate DTV 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.”

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“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,” said Thomas Vitale, Sci Fi’s Senior Vice President of Programming & Original Movies.

The network has indicated that “the show will live on as a network franchise.” What the statement actually means is unclear. Sci Fi may be planning additional Atlantis movies, or it could be a general indication that the Stargate franchise will continue, likely as a third series.

In late 2007, Cooper and Wright pitched Stargate Universe to the channel. Earlier this year, Wright told Gateworld, “The idea of Stargate Universe is that it is set on a ship that was part of an Ancient experiment that was set in motion probably millions of years ago — one that they never saw to fruition, but that we can.” He went on to say that the ship’s mission would be to help seed the galaxies with Stargates. Universe hasn’t been given a greenlight yet but, now that Atlantis has been cancelled, Sci Fi may have the funds to do it.

Though the Atlantis cancellation is surely a disappointment to fans, Mallozzi is confident the story isn’t over. He writes, “And, if [the Atlantis movie] proves anywhere as successful as the first two SG-1 direct-to-video features, you can be assured that this will be the first in a long, long line of Stargate Atlantis movies.” Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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Okwa oghenero March 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I have already watch stargate movies but the problem is that i have already watch season 1-5 but i have not seen season 6 i will like you off all people act season 6 very fast because i love the films so much that i can’t get wait and watcg it

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Mark May 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

The story arc never even finished….the wraith were still out there culling and killing humans

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Heinz April 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

you should make a stargate Atlantis game on ps3 like if you do make a game of stargate atlantas you should beable to walk around atlantas fly an X302 around the city get into all out stargate atlantas dog fights in the sky and space it would sell a lot of copies i know this because my friends love war game like black ops stargate atlantis would be like a war game and better.

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Sigrid March 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have made a facebook page called: We want Stargate Atlantis Back!!! :D
Please like it!
When we reach 500 likes we’ll all make a video where we tell why we want SGA back!!! :-D
And then we’ll sent the videos to those who cancelled SGA!!! :D

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melissa November 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

life has lost it’s meaning – after atlantis finished :(

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Teacher from north europe November 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Unfortunately it has ended. Here where i live, they haven’t shown Atlantis on TV (neither Universe), but been selling dvd’s. Im lucky i saw one of the episodes (didnt even know these two series before it!). And after that i went to shop immediately and bought the whole package :) Same with SG Universe. Now waiting the SGU season 2 (with right subtitles). Been watching both of the great series multiple times already =P

SG1 was good as it was said already before, BUT Atlantis was GREAT! SGU is interesting and sadly have only 2 seasons.

Well, the number of people who are dedicated to Scifi is marginal. Unfortunately, and it doesn’t make “big money”.

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