Here is how Stargate: Atlantis' planned movie, Extinction, was supposed to follow up on the series finale of Atlantis cloaked in the San Fransisco Bay and its return to the Pegasus Galaxy
In 2004, hot off the success of Stargate SG-1
, the Sci-Fi Channel premiered Stargate: Atlantis
. Following the discovery of the eighth chevron, an expedition was sent to the distant Pegasus Galaxy to find the lost city of Atlantis. They succeeded in finding the city, an abandoned city-like starship hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean on an alien world. From the moment the city burst to the surface of the sea to the first encounters with the new villainy race, the Wraith
, Stargate: Atlantis
became a popular new addition to the Stargate
However, after five seasons, the controversial decision was made to end the show in order to launch a new spin on the world of Stargate
, Stargate Universe
. At the same time, the canceled precursor show, Stargate SG-1, had successfully released two straight to DVD movies, Stargate: The Ark of Truth
and Stargate: Continuum
. The plan was then put in place to do the same with Atlantis, with the expectation that success would result in more cinematic visits to the Pegasus Galaxy. Thus, Stargate: Extinction
was planned and fans excitedly waited the opportunity to visit their favorite Atlantis team members once more.
Then the Great Recession occurred. The owner of the Stargate franchise, MGM Studios, filed for bankruptcy
. Stargate Universe was not renewed (it's success was not helped by vocal Atlantis fans, outraged at the replacement of their show with a stylistically different approach to the Stargate universe), and the Stargate direct to DVD movies were canceled. For years, fans were left in the dark as to how the story of Atlantis was supposed to end, until March 31, 2013, when producer Joseph Mallozzi
, posted on his blog all that had been intended for the adventurers beyond the eighth chevron.