The Babylon 5 reboot with original creator J. Michael Straczynski is in development for CW, described as a “reboot from the ground up” of the original.
A restart of Babylon 5 with original creator J. Michael Straczynski attached is in the works for CW. Babylon 5 was created by Straczynski in 1993 and kicked off a franchise phenomenon that spanned a five-season series with a spinoff show, Crusade, picking up where it left off. Babylon 5 has been the subject of numerous novels, short stories, comics, and merchandise, making it a well-known and lucrative brand for WB. Crusade single-handedly launched seven TV films, as well as the aforementioned ancillary locations.
Babylon 5 follows the adventures of John Sheridan, a mysterious Land Force officer assigned to Babylon 5, a five-mile-long space station that serves as a sort of neutral spaceport for all kinds of travelers and beings. The humans of the space station find themselves embroiled in an inter-space conflict with ancient and futuristic alien races. The original show starred Bruce Boxleitner, Michael O’Hare, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, the late Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Andrea Thompson and many guest stars and recurring roles.
THR now reports that J. Michael Straczynski was asked to write a Babylon 5 reboot, described as a “reboot from the ground up” of the original show. The series is in consideration for a CW launch, with executive production from Straczynski’s studio JMS. While it’s not clear whether this will be a direct format or a pilot, the idea is to tap into the IP of the franchise that has been built over the years for Babylon 5 and to harvest it for a new and old audience.
Straczynski recently completed the Netflix series Sens8 with The Wachowski and wrote the screenplay for the Valiant Comics adaptation of Shadowman. He recently published two new books, a fictional drama titled “Together we will go” and the book of writing “Becoming a writer, staying a writer: the art, the joy and the career of storytellingwhich describes how to have a successful writing career in Hollywood. The writer is also working on the pilot of an adaptation of Kim stanley robinson Red mars trilogy.
Retyping a franchise or IP address for network TV is nothing new, and it seems like it was only a matter of time before. Babylon 5 had his turn. All of Hawaii Five-O To The good years the next Fresh Prince restart, Bel Air, proves that the trend is here to stay. While studios struggle to advance their streaming content, everyone is on the bridge to squeeze what they can from their respective libraries and attract potential viewers to their platform. Now it seems that Babylon 5 will be the next to try to get a second life on film. Whether the audience bites or not is quite another matter.
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