“There still is the desire and belief that if we’re really gonna stop doing this, we do want to have one last chapter,” Michael Shanks told Renegade House during his recent visits to Australia and New Zealand for Armageddon Expo. “So, I do think there’s at least one more in the tank. I think there’s one more DVD movie or one more chapter of the show to be seen by the audience before we’re fully done. So I would expect that to happen.”
This “one last chapter” could be considered to be the third Stargate SG-1 movie, Stargate: Revolution, which was given the go to get written almost immediately after the first two direct-to-video movies did well back in 2008. Brad Wright and Carl Binder finished the script, which features Jack O’Neill, in 2009. Then, the movie was put on indefinite hold.
“The only thing that is blocking the SG-1 movie or the Atlantis movie, the only thing, is the fact that the direct-to-DVD market has gone away,” Wright told TV Deathray. “We were very fortunate with Ark of Truth and Continuum to be among the last very successful direct-to-DVD releases before it all stopped happening. The market has changed, and it’s still changing, and it’s not what it was. And, of course, there have been very big changes at MGM that kind of added to that.
“But we had the intentions to make them. We were ready to go, and it was ‘Wait a while’ and ‘We should wait a little longer,’ and the climate never got better. We held on to a lot of stuff and were ready to go for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean it’s not gonna happen. We have a plan B, and I’ve been talking with MGM about it, and hopefully we’ll still get our chance.”
While awaiting the movie’s green light or whatever “Plan B” promises, Shanks has had the opportunity to reprise his iconic role of Dr. Daniel Jackson in both Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, although he won’t be making an appearance in the latter’s current season (Season Two). Still, even if another chapter is not written for the character, Shanks concluded the interview with some assurance for his devoted fans, “I don’t think the character will ever go away, in my mind, to some degree, and hopefully, not in the audience’s mind either.”
Make sure to visit Renegade House for the complete interview in which Shanks talks about James Spader, Thor, Bulgaria, a more action-oriented Daniel Jackson, and more.