New Stargate movies finally ready to begin shooting?

Amanda Tapping says that a new Stargate SG-1 movie could begin production later this year, as soon as the first season of Syfy's upcoming SGU: Stargate Universe wraps. A new straight-to-DVD movie was announced a while back.

"As far as I know, we may start in late fall or early winter this year," Tapping said in an exclusive interview. "And I will slip back into Sam Carter very nicely; I'm looking forward to it."

Martin Wood would again direct. "They asked me to direct the Stargate SG-1 movie, and they are waiting until Universe is finished, and then, of course, they ask me when I'm available," said Wood, who was also a co-producer on Stargate SG-1 and a supervising producer on Atlantis, as well as an executive producer, with Tapping, on Syfy's Sanctuary. "Then that may get done by the end of the year. That's what everyone is hoping, at least."

What about a new Stargate Atlantis movie? "Atlantis is still being talked about for this year," Wood said. "Right now, I'm so far removed from it, but they'll let me know, and I'm happy to do it."

The SG-1 movie is green-lighted, and the Atlantis film is in the works, but both Wood and Tapping are already committed to the second season of Sanctuary, which finished filming in July but still needs work to be done. The first season's four-disc DVD set is coming out next Tuesday.

Wood spoke this week from his car, driving to finish up sound editing on season two of Sanctuary. He's eager to see Tapping put on Carter's fatigues again.

"Samantha Carter is a very familiar mindset for Amanda, so it won't be hard for her to find her," Wood said. "In fact, there are a number of people I've met going to conventions who said they did not realize at first that she was the same person as Dr. Magnus on Sanctuary."

Tapping said she tried very hard to make her role as Stargate's Col. Carter very different from the sultry and mysterious Dr. Helen Magnus, who runs a haven for abnormal creatures in Sanctuary.

"I dyed my hair and changed my accent and made it so that I don't look at all like Carter," Tapping said. "I needed to reinvent myself as an artist, so it was a challenge. I had to have more eccentricities and walk with stilettos."

The new season of Sanctuary begins Oct. 9 and will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Tapping directs one of the new episodes. (Look for details on that tomorrow.)

Tapping will also make an appearance in the premiere of Stargate Universe, which debuts Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.

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