According to a report from TV Wise, Babylon 5 showrunner J. Michael Straczynski will shortly begin work on a rebooted big-screen version of his 1990s sci-fi TV series.
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 studio to produce Babylon 5 in the early 1990s, he, rather than Warner Bros, 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.
Many Babylon 5 Actors are Unfortunately Gone
There was a 20th anniversary memorial video that listed those who were involved with the TV show Babylon 5 (1994-1998) who have passed away. The list of 16 actors and five who were involved behind the camera.
Johnny Seka (1934-2006)
Lois Nettleton (1929-2008)
Greg McKinney (1957-1998)
Roy Brocksmith (1945-2001)
Jeff Corey (1914-2002)
Silvana Gallardo (1953-2012)
Robin Sachs (1951-2013)
Tim Choate (1944-2004)
Turhan Bey (1922-2012)
Paul Winfield (1939-2004)
Malachi Throne (1928-2013)
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (1932-2008)
Jeff Conaway (1950-2011)
Michael O’Hare (1952-2012)
Richard Biggs (1960-2004)
Andrew “Andreas” Katsulas (1946-2006)
Howard Block (1946-1994)
John McPherson (1941-2007)
John Stears (1934-1999)
Richard Compton (1938-2007)
Peter Ledger (1945-1994)
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