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Joe Mallozzi reveals more of the first 10 minutes of the screenplay he & Paul Mullie wrote for the Stargate Atlantis movie that Brad Wright couldn't get MGM to greenlight. He also posits the possibility of it being made into a printed novel, graphic novel, or a "radio play".

Hell freaken YEAH get Big Finish to make this an audio book! Especially if Torri Higginson gets to appear in the timey-wimey plot. (Wait, they really like their time-travel direct-to-DVD screenplays, don't they?)

Somewhat spoilery stuff below, although it's less revealing than a movie teaser...
Many of you have asked me to continue offering some insight into the Atlantis movie (Stargate: Extinction) Paul and I scripted way back when. Well, attempts to find out if the studio has plans for the script have come up empty. And so, rather than reveal too much, I will offer a little more in the way of the set-up to the story. As I already mentioned in a previous entry, the events of the movie take place soon after (maybe about a week or so) after Atlantis has returned to the Milky Way. It has been parked on the dark side of the moon, away from prying eyes, and operations continue as busily as they had back in Pegasus. Things are running smoothly enough until McKay is suddenly made aware that the city’s self-destruct has been initiated, the result of being out of range of the Pegasus galaxy for too long…

Of course, it’s time to get the band back together and we check in with our various team members as they are called up and beamed away for the return journey: Teyla and her family, Keller, Beckett, Lorne, Zelenka and, of course, Sheppard and Ronon who are plucked away while receiving treatment at a local hospital following a barroom brawl (we went back and incorporated the scar actor Jason Momoa received following an incident near his L.A. home). Once everyone has assembled, McKay gives them the 411. Given the time constraints they face, they have to get back to Pegasus as quickly as possible – meaning they’ll have to use the wormhole drive again. Zelenka calculates that two jumps should do it.

And they’re off. Sort of. The first jump ends up burning out the drive, rendering it useless and leaving them stranded with the countdown click ticking down. However, a scan of the surrounding plants turns up a habitable world within range. They go there seeking help and, instead, end up involved in a wild time-travel themed adventure in which Todd, the wraith, turns out to be, simultaneously, their hugest threat and biggest ally.

And that’s all I’m going to say on the subject for now. Although it seems increasingly unlikely this movie will ever get made, I don’t want to discount the possibility it may come to fruition through some alternate venue be it a comic book, novel, or radio play. Fingers crossed!
From July 16, 2011: "More on that Atlantis script!" by Joe Mallozzi

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Date: 2011-07-17 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-sg1.livejournal.com
LOL yeah, they sure seem to love time-travel. On a happy note, this DOES offer a possibility for Weir to make an appereance.

I'm not sure of this "the city’s self-destruct has been initiated, the result of being out of range of the Pegasus galaxy for too long" - wasn't Atlantis on Earth for a very very long time before they went to Pegasus in the first place?

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Date: 2011-07-17 04:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Yes, the seld-destruct doesn't make any sense, unless the reason for it is a major plot point? (JMo & Mullie overlook a glaring plothole? Heaven forfend!)

Elizabeth should be able to bitch-slap everything back into shape, in her calm, cool, collected, and flawlessly diplomatic way.
Edited Date: 2011-07-17 04:39 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2011-07-17 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-sg1.livejournal.com
And another question that poses itself is WHY would the ancients even have that self-distruct? They probably had an ordinary one, like the one the expedition put in place when they came to Atlantis. So why have this one, too? It's just weird. Unless they have a good and reasonable explanation, which you know, I'm ~sure they have. :D


Elizabeth should be able to bitch-slap everything back into shape, in her calm, cool, collected, and flawlessly diplomatic way.



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