A reboot of the ’90s sci-fi epic “Babylon 5” is in development on the CW network, Variety reported.
Original show creator J. Michael Straczynski will write the project and act as executive producer under his Studio JMS banner. Warner Bros. Television, which produced the original series, will produce the new show.
Needless to say, this news was nothing short of a seismic event in sci-fi social media circles.
Related: ‘Babylon 5’ is remastered and is now available to rent or buy online
In the original series, Babylon 5 is a giant 8-kilometer-long space station located in neutral space next to a strategically vital wormhole-style jump gate, serves as a port of call for travelers, smugglers. , corporate explorers and foreign diplomats in a time of precarious peace and the constant threat of war.
The first commander, Jeffrey Sinclair (played by Michael O’Hare), discovers that his ultimate fate is vital in the puzzle of galactic history. His replacement, Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner), also ends up playing a vital role in the survival of life in the galaxy as chaos gradually sets in and several alien species go to war, putting Sheridan and the Space station crew remains in the crosshairs as the last and best hope for the survival of the human race.
“Babylon 5” first aired in February 1993 and in five and a half years it changed television science fiction forever. We won’t mince words here, the series is brilliant. You will laugh, you will definitely cry, and you will be absolutely enlightened forever as you follow a mind-blowing story that unfolds through time and space.
An incredible cast delivered phenomenal performances in the original series “Babylon 5”, including Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar), Peter Jurasik (Londo), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi), Richard Biggs (Dr Stephen) Franklin), Claudia Christian (Commander Susan Ivanova), Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Andrea Thompson (Talia Winters), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Jeff Conaway (Zack Allan) and Michael O’Hare ( Commander Jeffrey Sinclair). Sadly, an unprecedented number of these incredibly talented sci-fi stars are no longer with us.
It’s extremely hard to imagine anyone other than Andreas Katsulas playing G’Kar or Stephen Furst playing Vir Cotto. However, the new show is described as a “reboot from the ground up.” What this means is not yet clear.
“Babylon 5” is one of the best sci-fi shows ever written for television and happily sits atop the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame with Ron D Moore’s “Battlestar Galactica”, “The Expanse” and “Star Trek: The Original Series.”
The timing is quite interesting because only two months ago Straczynski was tweet on his interest in taking the helm of ‘Doctor Who’, saying, “I don’t know if the BBC would ever consider an American to show #DoctorWho, but if it did I would be there in the blink of an eye . (Well, technically two heartbeats, since two hearts …) “
Will not work. They literally said to my agent, “We have no intention or intention of letting anything else be done in terms of television with Babylon 5.” And a kickstarter wouldn’t even pay for a fraction of a season. That won’t change for years, when these leaders are dead / gone. https://t.co/NZ80WiIIcRApril 20, 2018
And before that, Straczynski had done clear on Twitter that the current TV rights holder, Warner Bros., had no intention of doing anything with the license itself or letting someone else do anything with it. It is not yet clear whether these relate in any way to today’s announcement.
On social media, the stars of the original show reacted to today’s announcement, with Claudia Christian for example, write on facebook, “I know some of you have seen the announcement that WB is doing a B5 reboot series and I know you have a lot of questions for me like ‘Are you playing Ivanova?’ “Are there going to be telepaths?” “What year is it?” Well folks, I don’t know… zip… nada. Joe kept us posted since day one, because he wants us to get involved in the show, but we have no idea at the moment what’s in the script or what the story is. Only Joe knows that for. right now, then you should go piss him off about it. He won’t tell you, but the results should be fun. “
In February 2021, it was announced that the entire “Babylon 5” series would be receiving a long-awaited remaster in 1080p HD, and as such, it is now available as a digital download from Amazon, itunes when available globally and on HBO Max.