MGM announced that it will shoot scenes in the Arctic, north of Alaska, for the upcoming straight-to-DVD film Stargate: Continuum, based on SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate SG-1, with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy’s Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station. Cast members Ben Browder and Amanda Tapping will travel to the facility, about 200 nautical miles north of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, to shoot during the week of March 23-29. Martin Wood, director of more than 70 episodes of Stargate SG-1 and its spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis, is directing.
Stargate: Continuum, which is being co-financed by MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, will shoot a variety of scenes on location at the station, where temperatures drop to 50 below zero. In addition to the frigid outdoor environments, the filming will also involve the U.S. Navy submarine U.S.S. Alexandria, MGM said.
Among the dramatic scenes to be filmed at the location: the submarine as it bursts through the ice and into the arctic air.
MGM gave the green light to two direct-to-video movies based on Stargate SG-1. The first movie, Stargate: The Arc of Truth, which is also being co-financed by MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, begins production on April 15.
The second movie, Stargate: Continuum, will resume filming on May 22 after comleting the ice-station scenes.
Written and produced by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, the new movies will also feature Christopher Judge, Claudia Black, Beau Bridges and Michael Shanks.
In Stargate: Continuum, SG-1 attends the execution of Ba’al, the last of the Goa’uld system lords, when Teal’c (Judge) and Vala (Black) inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter (Tapping), Daniel (Shanks) and Mitchell (Browder) race back to a world where history has been changed: The Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities of what’s happened, a fleet of Goa’uld motherships arrives in orbit, led by Ba’al; his queen, Katesh (Vala); and his first prime, Teal’c. SG-1 must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the Goa’uld.