Robert C. Cooper, the writer, director, and producer of Stargate: The Ark of Truth, talked with Sharon Gosling of MGM’s official Stargate website about the forthcoming release of his movie and Brad Wright’s Stargate: Continuum directly to DVD. “We decided that we wanted to treat these movies as a way of showing both the studio and the fans that these could become a series on their own.”
In the first part of a multi-part interview that anticipates the release of The Ark of Truth on March 11, 2008 (North America), Cooper talks about how he found out about the cancellation of Stargate SG-1, the new direction for the current cast, and the story behind his movie that was meant to be covered during the show’s Season Eleven. “But for me as a writer, and Charles [Cohen] and Brad [Wright] — we all agreed that the right thing to do for fans that had stuck with the series in seasons nine and ten was to resolve those stories. I felt like there was no ending to the story that I had participated in starting. We had written a lot of stuff that was leading up to this confrontation with the Ori warriors, and we [had] certainly left a lot hanging. As a writer, you want to write the ending! …
“So, even though the first one is really not a standalone — it’s very much a final chapter in the season nine and ten Ori saga, we wanted there to be another, much more standalone adventure to show people that once we had dealt with those Ori issues, we could still go back and tell SG-1 stories, and hopefully continue to do that in the future.”
Read the rest of the interview, which includes some plot spoilers, at MGM: Ark Angel – The Ark of Truth, Part 1.