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Is Babylon 5 Coming Back?

I’ve never been ashamed to admit the fact that I am a huge fan of Babylon 5.  For those not familiar Babylon 5 was a SciFi show that ran in the late 90s and early 2000s on cable.  What made the show unique is that the J. Michael Straczynski, the show creator, originally wrote the show to have a 5 year story arc.  Events that occurred in season 1 would have reverberations felt near the end of the series.  For its time it was very unique to have such a long overarching story.  It could be argued that many of today’s serialized shows took inspiration from B5 in that regard.

Needless to say anytime there is a rumor of new Babylon 5 content I get fairly excited.  Recently, there has been an update on the future of Bablyon 5 coming from none other than Mr. Alfred Bester himself, aka Walter Koenig.  Koenig was speaking at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas and provided some insight on the future of B5.  Specifically Koenig had recently had dinner with J. Michael Straczynski and during that dinner the topic of Babylon 5 and its future came up.  Ac coding to Koenig:

He [Straczynski] told me that he is in negations to re-acquire the rights to Babylon 5 and it looks pretty good. Now what that portends I am not entirely sure. It could be a new series or it could be a feature film, but he was quite animated about it. He seemed very excited and Warner Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future.

What does this mean right now?  Honestly nothing much other than the fact J. Michael Straczynski is trying to reacquire the rights to Babylon 5.  If he is actually able to reacquire the rights to Babylon then I will get excited about potentially seeing new content.  J. Michael Straczynski has always expressed in interest in doing a Babylon 5 movie that would continue to the story from the show.  However, there are some hurdles to overcome.  Three of the actors on the show have passed away, and two of them had fairly major roles.  Its hard to imagine seeing B5 without Andreas Katsulas’ portrayal of G’Kar or without Richard Biggs as Dr. Franklin.

Hopefully Straczynski  is able to regain the rights to his show.  I think there are plenty more stories to tell.  But until Straczynski actually owns everything once more I refuse to get my hopes up for new Babylon 5 content.  For now I will continue to rewatch the show on Netflix.

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8 responses to “Is Babylon 5 Coming Back?

  1. Keith "Tan" Brown November 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    My heart skipped a beat and my palms got sweaty as I checked the posted date to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke!

    This is huge! How did Earth survive the Drakh plague? Did David Sheridan escape being merged with the keeper Londo hid in the vase? Did the technomages return to the known galaxy? So many questions and stories to be told!

    Or even better, tell the tale of the shadow war of Valen’s time. Leading in with the story “To Dream in the City of Sorrows”.

    The possibilities are endless.

    • Chris November 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

      I was really excited when I read this news. But now, I’m afraid I’m going to have to rain on the parade a little bit. JMS has recently come out and said there has been no movement in continuing the B5 saga. Specifically he said that Koenig has misunderstood a conversation they had.

      There are so many stories left to tell, I really hope they can continue somehow. Maybe another Lost Tales DVD or even in comic series.

  2. Uncle Curtis May 18, 2012 at 6:14 am

    This article was posted in August of 2011 — so my deams are crushed. I am a true old school Sci-fi fan – B5 was my favorite, in some ways I enjoyed it more than StarTrek, ooooops that I say that. Forgive me, for I had sin.

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