Babylon 5 Is Not DeadNews
Babylon 5 Is Not DeadNews Wednesday, July 27 by Romeo53
Babylon 5 is not dead? Really? Who says?
J. Michael Straczynski, that's who.
The man himself (if you're not a Bab5 fan, then you'll be forgiven for not knowing he's the creator of the show and that he wrote 90% of all the five seasons worth of episodes) was at San Diego Comic Con this year to chat about this and that, (he worked on Underworld: Awakening, Thor and World War Z) and, inevitably, the question of more Babylon 5 came up.
The really weird thing is that instead of knocking that suggestion on the head as a fanboy pipe-dream, he intimated that Warner Bros. approached him last year to create a new Babylon 5 for a new 'distribution system'.
We can only surmise that WB wanted to start an online portal for their content, and that B5 was to be a part of the show to get people involved.
Now of course, online B5. Meh. The Lost Tales showed what kind of trouble he could get himself into. JMS said, however, that he didn't want anything B5 related on the cheap.
He made an ultimatum: two to three million per episode. Complete creative control.
"Bahahaha!", you scoff.
Scoff not. WB said yes.
Holy dooley. Why haven't we heard about this until now? Well, the 'distribution system' went kaput.
That, in itself, is a tragedy, for B5 fans eager to enter that universe in a big budget kind of way. OMG - can you imagine a BSG-style revamp of B5? That… that would be tremendous. Whilst nothing's happening right away, the alacrity with which WB reportedly jumped at the chance to reignite the B5 flame means that B5 returning to our world in some way might come sooner (ie, sooner than the never that we had down in our calendar) than you think.
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