Back in mid-January, I visited Stage 4, what was to be the Destiny set, for the first time. Construction was well under way and the ship was taking shape: gate room, control interface room, observation deck, quarters, and corridors. My first reaction upon strolling through the work-in-progress was: “Wow!” And then, my second reaction was: “They’ll never finish in time!”
Well, happily, they did, and it was fascinating to watch the process develop, from those early designs through construction to the finished product.
Anne Teldy writes: “ Mr. M., my birthday is the 27th of July. Any chance of my promised autographed script page arriving before then? You said “soon” on May 25th.”
Answer: Sorry. I was trying to track down another autograph. Unfortunately, you won’t receive it for your birthday (the production offices are closed through July) but will receive it as a belated birthday gift in August.
NaniWahine writes: “ Hello Mr. M – I just got back from the Shoreleave con & Rachel mentioned that she’s heard from the studio that SGA movie is NOT happening.”
Answer: I already addressed this two entries back. There has been NO word from the studio either way.
Thornyrose writes: “ And I’m mulling some ideas for a SGA skit for the Masquarade next year. Any interest?”
Answer: In the skit? Sure. Do I get to play myself.
Lcshepp writes: “Thanks for resonding to my question re: the SGA movie. Would it be more economic to have the SGA movie be a two hour TV movie or even a mini series, from the network side of things?”
Answer: From the network side of things I’m sure that either would be terrific – given that they had oodles of cash to finance the entire production.
Nadine writes: “ What did you think of “Look to Windward”? How did you find it in relation to Banks’ other works? Have you read Matter yet?”
Answer: Banks is one of my favorite SF writers and, while Look to Windward was very good, I’ve preferred some of his other books – Consider Phlebas, Player of Games, Use of Weapons, and Inversions to name a few. Haven’t read Matter yet. Next up is The Algebraist.
Montrealer writes: “Mr M. What is the percentage drop off in DVD sales recently? Is the drop off the same in the US and Canada?”
Answer: I don’t recall the percentage stated in the article I read, but it was significant.
Quade1 writes: “If DVD sales are dwindling, would you guys consider theatrical releases?”
Answer: Sorry, not in the cards.
Quade1 also writes: “ I should have added, if the movie does fall through, what would you think of bringing the series back?”
Answer: Sorry. Also not in the cards.
Bailey writes: “Sales of the Season 5 Atlantis DVD’s seem to be doing well,
better, in fact, than the Season 4 set had done at this time.
Do you thing this will have any significant effect on the possiblity of the SGA movie going forward?”
Answer: The DVD market is one of many factors. That said, this is certainly good news and does prove there are plenty of Atlantis fans out there.