We knew this day would come, and the SCI FI Channel has officially announced that Stargate Atlantis is airing its fifth and final season.
However, all is not lost for diehard fans of Atlantis, with SCI FI similarly announcing that a 2-hour Atlantis movie would also be coming our way in 2009.
The Stargate franchise has done well over the past decade. Stargate SG1 ran for a total of 10 seasons before quitting and making two direct-to-DVD movies, which have done well themselves. So they know what it is they are doing. And with an Atlantis movie to continue the story, we’ll be getting to see our characters still.
It wasn’t a surprise, that SCI FI announced they were canceling Atlantis. It is definitely a disappointment, but given the success of the SG1 movies, it is a wise decision. In addition, the third Stargate TV show currently in development has been waiting in the wings for Atlantis to finish so that it can go ahead. Now, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, executive producers and showrunners on Atlantis for its final two seasons — who will be writing the upcoming Atlantis tele-movie — will have the time to dedicate to this new series.
“We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas,” series creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper said. “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.”
Stargate fans take heart, we are nowhere near the end of the franchise just yet.