Babylon 5 reboot movie in the works?

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    Earl
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    Will believe when seen. My enthusiasm for this is… very limited. [LINK]

    J. Michael Straczysnki has announced plans for a Babylon 5 feature film, which is expected to enter production in 2016.

    Speaking at San Diego Comic Con last week, Straczsynki announced that he would soon be sitting down to write a Babylon 5 feature film, which is envisioned as a reboot of the iconic sci-fi series. JMS said that he plans to get the script locked down by the end of 2015 and the film would then enter production the following year in 2016.

    Next to nothing is known about the plot for this Babylon 5 feature film, beyond the fact that it is a reboot of the concept seen in the series. That said, J. Michael Straczynski has stated that he would like to use cast members from the series, such as Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan, in new roles in the feature film. “I’d love to see Bruce as the President of the Earth Alliance”, he said.

    The hope is that Warner Bros, who produced the Babylon 5 television series, would step up and green-light a “big budget” feature film once the script has been completed. But owing to the nature of the deal that Straczysnki inked with the sudio in the early 1990s to produce Babylon 5, he, rather than the studio, owns the feature film rights to the show. Should Warner Bros. choose not to greenlight a B5 movie, Straczynski would still proceed with the feature, which would then be funded and produced through his Studio JMS banner on a budget of $80 – $100 million.

    I dunno. I just can’t work up an ounce of joy for this news. The original show stands as one of the finest examples of TV sci-fi that anyone has ever come up with. Even if it was reformatted as a series of movies, a la Harry Potter, I can’t see that doing the show’s concepts justice.

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    Steve W
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    But $100 million would at least guarantee that it wouldn’t look like cardboard sets and standard definition TV size rendered CG.

    I’m going to assume this won’t get made. It would be an interesting movie, but it sounds a bit too far-fetched to think it’ll ever materialize. And to be honest, his post-series projects past season 4 haven’t exactly been great viewing. As far as Babylon 5 goes, I think he’s used up all his creativity and is now coasting on vapors.

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    I can’t see this happening, and I loved B5.


    “You can not operate in this room unless you believe that you are Superman, and whatever happens, you’re capable of solving the problem.” – Gene Kranz

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    My reaction? Meh.I’ve already seen everything related to B5 (including the horrid Legend of the Rangers). I’m quite satisfied. I don’t need to see a reboot. Reboot it for the kids? Fine. I don’t care, I’m probably not going to watch it.

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    Ars Technica picked up on that same story.

    We need fresh ideas on television…. period. Under the current environment, that creativity is being stifled. What have been the “hot” shows talked about on broadcast/free-to-air television the past three years? Is that crickets I hear?

    Basic cable? Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Halt and Catch File, The Walking Dead

    Premium? Game of Thrones, Dexter

    Wait, what about Battlestar Galactica? Ended in 2009. Lost? Ended in 2010.

    And, how many ideas have been “rebooted”? Yeah.


    “You can not operate in this room unless you believe that you are Superman, and whatever happens, you’re capable of solving the problem.” – Gene Kranz

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    Apparently ABC is already quietly kicking around a reboot of Lost. That’s like starting the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies up before Tobey Maguire even so much as has a single wrinkle or grey hair.

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