Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Stargate" Movies Update

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) is teaming up with the U.S. Navy to capture a series of scenes for the studio's upcoming "Stargate SG-1" direct-to-video movie, "Stargate: Continuum."

Cast members, including Ben Browder (' Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell') and Amanda Tapping ('Lt. Col. Samantha Carter') will travel to the sub-zero climate of the Arctic to shoot at the Navy's Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) March 23 through 29.

Martin Wood, Director of over 70 "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis" episodes, is confirmed to direct "Stargate: Continuum."

"Stargate: Continuum," co-financed by MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, will shoot a variety of scenes on location approximately 200 nautical miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

In addition to the frigid outdoor environments, the filming will also involve U.S. Navy submarine USS Alexandria (SSN-757). Among the scenes to be filmed involves the submarine as it bursts through the ice and into the cold Arctic air with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees below zero.

In January of this year, MGM gave the green light to 2 direct-to-video movies based on "Stargate SG-1," the longest-running science-fiction series in U.S. TV history. The first film "Stargate: The Arc of Truth," starts production April 15. The second movie, "Stargate: Continuum" featuring the ice camp scenes, will resume filming late May.
Written and produced by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, the new movies will include "Stargate SG-1" cast members Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Chris Judge, Claudia Black, Beau Bridges and Michael Shanks.

The APLIS is operated by the University of Washington and was formed in 1943 at the request of the U.S. Navy to bring university resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. From a wartime beginning focused on effective torpedo exploders, APL-UW initiated acoustic studies and oceanographic research programs to understand how variations in the ocean environment affected the performance of Navy systems.