A Stargate revival has supposedly been in the pipeline for a while now, but concrete information about the reboot has only just started hitting our radar. The show has been off the air for 14 years, which has only made fans hungry more excited. Now, a Stargate SG-1 producer has sweetened the deal by revealing that a fan-favorite character is set to return.
During a conversation with Stargate SG-1 star Michael Shanks on his podcast Brad Wright’s Conversations in Sci-Fi (via SYFY Wire), producer and co-creator Brad Wright dove headfirst into the anticipated reboot and revealed that Shanks’ character, Daniel Jackson, has played a major role in his new scripts.
Here is a portion of what Wright had to say about the character’s potential inclusion in the long-gestating Stargate reboot:
“Writing [for Daniel Jackson] – and I have written you more recently, to tease that – I gotta say how easy it is when you’re writing for a character you’ve written 10,000 lines for.”
This won’t mean much to people who have not seen – or are not familiar with – the long-running Stargate franchise. But to longtime fans, this news is everything. Shanks portrayed Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1 and its various spin-offs, quickly becoming one of the franchise’s brightest stars and an undisputed favorite amongst fans.
Originally portrayed by James Spader in the 1994 film, Daniel Jackson is an archeologist who serves as a member of Colonel Jack O’Neil’s initial reconnaissance team. He quickly establishes himself as one of the most important characters in the franchise and continues to impact the show’s events even after his death at the end of the fifth season.
Spinning out of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s 1994 film Stargate, Stargate SG-1 expanded upon ideas and concepts introduced in that franchise-starting film. This reboot-focused news is particularly exciting because fans haven’t received anything solid for years. Now, the show’s co-creator and producer is basically saying he is bringing back Daniel Jackson, and that will likely send fans over the moon.
To this day, Stargate SG-I remains one of the most beloved, most expansive sci-fi shows to ever grace home televisions, and for good reason. Referred to as “one of the unlikeliest success stories in sci-fi TV history,” Brad Wright’s landmark series defied expectations, conquered the less-than-favorable ratings of its early seasons, and cemented itself as a must-see sci-fi experience for anyone craving a good story set in the stars. Though overshadowed by the much more popular Battlestar Galactica, Stargate earned viewers’ admiration and respect by being more accessible, more fun, and more reminiscent of good comfort food than its darker, more thematic peer. There is definitely a place for shows like that, and it is great to see that its approach resonated with so many viewers the way it did.
And that is about all we currently know about the upcoming Stargate revival. Wright did not reveal much more about the revival, when it is expected to be released, or any of those other need-to-know details, but he did drop a bombshell that will definitely have fans of the series-and of sci-fi in general-tuning in when it eventually premieres.
So yeah, between this new Stargate SG-I reboot and that recent Babylon 5 remaster, hardcore sci-fi fans have plenty about which they can be excited.