Updated simulator visuals will bring riders even further into the Stargate experience.
PassmoreLab is collaborating with MGM Location Based Entertainment to convert MGM's Stargate SG-3000 simulator ride film from 2-D to 3-D. Stargate SG-3000 is a four-minute simulation experience based on MGM's long running Stargate SG-1 television series.
Stargate SG-3000, originally produced by Doug Yellin and directed by Aaron Powell and Yas Takata, builds on the story arcs developed in the Stargate SG-1 series. For the first time ever, riders actually get to experience the feeling of going through the Stargate in different dimensions or worlds. In 3-D, this experience will be even more realistic and engaging.
"Stargate SG-3000's conversion to 3-D will make riders feel even more like they're really experiencing the sensation of going through a Stargate," said PassmoreLab President Greg Passmore. "The new and improved simulation film will add depth to the attraction and will be a hit with existing Stargate fans as well as those unfamiliar with the television series."
"We are pleased to be working with PassmoreLab to enhance the overall Stargate SG-3000 experience," said George Wade, Senior Vice President, MGM Location Based Entertainment. "With the upcoming premier of SGU: Stargate Universe on the Sci-Fi Channel later this year we felt there was no better opportunity to truly take guests on this enhanced journey through the Stargate and no one better to bring this to reality than the team at PassmoreLab."
Stargate SG-3000 has been featured at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California and Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, as well as Lotte World in Seoul Korea since 2004. The ride debuted at the Space Center Bremen in Germany in December 2003 to rave reviews.
Stargate SG-3000 features a pre-show where riders are briefed on their "mission". The briefing explains that the ride experience is set in the year 3000, and that all Stargates have been disabled for many years to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Riders are then tasked with capturing the Gatekey to Stargates throughout the universe to prevent the evil Queen Satra and her army from taking control of all the Stargates and the universe itself. Riders then enter the simulator, where they pass through a Stargate four separate times, all the while chasing after Satra in pursuit of the Gatekey.
Attractions Media Entertainment distributes Stargate SG-3000 throughout the world, and will also distribute the 3-D version of this adventure.
Launching this fall, SGU: Stargate Universe follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship's Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, will serve as executive producers and writers on the new series. SGU will debut as a two-hour movie event on the Sci-Fi Channel and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
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