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In this 93-minute video, Amanda recalls her experiences on Stargate and thoughts on a new series.
Speaking to members of The Companion during a recent live interview, Amanda Tapping confirmed she’s ready for a role on both sides of the camera in the long-brewing Stargate revival series.
“I talked to [Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe co-creator] Brad Wright about it and certainly MGM at one point were very interested. I said to Brad ‘What do you want me to do on the show?’ And he said, ‘Well, I want you to be in it and I want you to direct it.’ Perfect, thank you!”
Amanda, who is best known for playing astrophysicist and USAF officer Samantha Carter across all three Stargate shows from 1997 to 2010, has more recently established herself as a director and producer, with credits on everything from Supernatural and Sanctuary, to The Flash and Batwoman. She is currently executive producer on Motherland: Fort Salem, and last worked with Brad Wright on his Netflix series, Travelers, where she directed nine episodes and appeared in five between 2016 and 2018.
When we first confirmed that a new show was in development back in November 2020, Brad told us:
“It exists in the universe that you already know. It’s not a reboot, it’s not a completely new thing. It’s a continuation.”
Whilst Amanda hinted that an all-new team could take center stage in the new show – sure to provoke mixed feelings from fans – she added that Carter’s promotion from colonel was long overdue. Though Sam was depicted as a brigadier-general – and commanding officer of Stargate Command – in the short-lived MMO Stargate Resistance many fans want to see her take on the role in the TV canon.
“I think it’s time for a new generation but I’d love to have a part in it, for sure,” she told The Companion. “I’d love to see what Carter’s up to now… General Carter. I remember when I became ‘full bird’ colonel, I was like ‘Oh man, this is great,’ but now I want to be brigadier general.”
This follows Brad’s self-described tease in his Companion podcast in March, that he’s written Michael Shanks’ Dr. Daniel Jackson “more recently” – strongly suggesting that both Daniel and Sam will be getting back into their SGC battledress.
As for when we might actually get to see this new show, Brad told us that Covid-19 had left everything in limbo. He explained:
“It’s just too early to talk about. And it’s partly too early because there is a pandemic going on. And that’s kind of ground a few things to a halt.
“But we are working on something. It’s very exciting. It’s something that we have been talking about for a while now. And I love it — I’m excited to have the possibility of making it someday soon. Or someday, period!”
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