“Stargate: Atlantis'' To Begin Filming in February; Dr. Weir Role to be Recast
December 6th, 2003
The 1994 film “Stargate” begot a series, “Stargate: SG-1,” and now that series has finally given birth to its long-awaited spin-off. According to FilmJerk.com sources, “Stargate: Atlantis" will begin filming February 2004 in Vancouver. More importantly, it seems that producers will be recasting the one role so far crossing over to the new show, Dr. Elizabeth Weir, from the original series.
As Gateworld.com reported on November 21, the actress who portrayed Dr. Weir in “Stargate: SG-1,” Jessica Steen, will not appear on the series. While erring in saying that “reasons for the producers' decision not to include her character in Atlantis are unknown,” the character will indeed be on the series – albeit with a different actress – according to casting documents obtained by FilmJerk.com.
“Stargate: Atlantis” follows an international team of scientists and military personnel representing Earth who have ventured to a newly discovered and abandoned Ancient City on a distant planet in the Pegasus Galaxy. From there, they encounter a whole new Stargate network that leads to numerous human populated worlds. They will also come to face a sinister new enemy called the Wraith who is even more powerful than the Ancients who were originally being sought.
Three members of this new Stargate team, all of whom are series regulars, will include:
The series will debut as a two-hour movie in summer 2004, featuring appearances by certain members of the SG-1 team. Following its premiere, “Stargate: Atlantis” will assume a regular hourly slot, scheduled as a companion series to “Stargate SG-1.” The Sci-Fi has commissioned a 20-episode order for the series. While a joint press release by MGM and the network announced that the series will be executive produced by “Stargate: SG-1” co-creator Brad Wright and also Robert C. Cooper, casting documents list John Smith as an executive producer as well.
The initial installment of the series is written by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper.
Executive Producers: Brad Wright, Robert Cooper and John Smith
Writers: Brad Wright and Robert Cooper
Casting Director: Paul Weber and Zora DeHorter
Start Date: February, 2004
Production Company: MGM
Network: Sci-Fi Channel