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Stargate fans, rejoice! Sci Fi has just announced plans to order a third iteration in the hit franchise, beginning with a two-hour movie.

Stargate: Universe will premiere early next year and then slide into a regular hourly slot in the summer. This is welcome news for long-time fans the show has been on in some form since 1997 since

Stargate Atlantis was not picked up for another season, says The Hollywood Reporter . Universe will introduce a team of explorers who find an ancient unmanned ship called the Destiny. For some reason, they cannot return to Earth, so the crew must fend for themselves aboard the ship. Sounds familiar, right Battlestar Galactica fans? The head of Sci Fi, Dave Howe, is hoping to bring a newer, younger audience to the franchise especially due to the fact that Star Trek: Enterprise repeats are faring well, and BSG will be signing off in 2009. He says, "There's an opportunity to keep the space opera as part of our programming strategy." The series will bring in a new cast of characters, but appearances by former cast members from SG-1 and Atlantis are very possible. Are you excited for more Stargate? Erin Fox Related " Stargate Atlantis Questions Answered