Here is a good article from late last year with Stardock's Brad. The first couple pages cover their ambitions and problems with MOM, or more accurately, with the Atari as the license holder of same.
Gamasutra: Master of the Galaxy: Stardock's Brad Wardell
Nothing really new, but in summary: Atari demanded awkward things for the license, and wouldn't sell it. Then Atari ran into financial problems, distracting negotiations. Sad Brad.