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‘Babylon 5’ reboot in development with original series creator J. Michael Straczynski at the helm

A reboot of the ’90s sci-fi epic “Babylon 5” is in development on The CW, Variety reported.

Original show creator J. Michael Straczynski will write the project and serve 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 has been nothing short of a seismic event in science fiction social media circles.

Related: ‘Babylon 5’ Is Remastered And Now Available To Rent Or Buy Online

In the original series, Babylon 5 is a giant 5-mile-long (8-kilometer) space station located in neutral space next to a strategically vital wormhole-style jump gate, serving as a port of call for travelers, smugglers. and corporate scouts. and foreign diplomats at a time of uneasy peace and the constant threat of war.

The first commander, Jeffrey Sinclair (played by Michael O’Hare), discovers that his final destiny is vital in the puzzle of galactic history. His replacement, Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner), also ends up playing an essential role in the survival of life in the galaxy as chaos gradually descends and various alien species go to war with each other, putting Sheridan and the rest of the space. the station crew in the firing line as the last and best hope for the survival of the human race.

“Babylon 5” first aired in February 1993 and, over the course of five and a half years, it changed science fiction television forever. We’re not going to beat around the bush, the series is brilliant. You will laugh, definitely cry, and be absolutely enlightened forever as you follow a mind-blowing story that unfolds through time and space.

Along with an incredible regular cast, the show featured a series of cameos from top science fiction stars.

Along with an incredible regular cast, the show featured a series of cameos from top science fiction stars. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

An incredible cast delivered phenomenal performances on the original series “Babylon 5,” which included 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). Tragically, an unprecedented number of these incredibly talented sci-fi stars are no longer with us.

It’s extremely difficult to imagine anyone other than Andreas Katsulas playing G’Kar or Stephen Furst playing Vir Cotto. However, the new program is described as a “reboot from scratch.” It is not yet clear what that means.

“Babylon 5” is one of the best science fiction shows ever written for television and happily sits atop its throne in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame alongside Ron D Moore’s “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Expanse “and” Star Trek: The Original Series “.

The timing of this is quite interesting, as just two months ago, Straczynski tweeted about 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 so, I’d be there in the blink of an eye. (Well, technically two beats, since two hearts …) “

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And before this, Straczynski had made it clear on Twitter that the current television rights holder, Warner Bros., had no intention of doing anything with the license or allowing anyone else to do anything with it. It is still unknown if these are in any way related to today’s announcement.

On social media, the stars of the original show reacted to today’s announcement, with Claudia Christian, for example, writing on Facebook: “I know some of you saw the announcement that WB is doing a B5 reboot series and I know that They have a lot of questions for me like ‘Are you playing Ivanova?’ ‘Will there be telepaths?’ “What year does it take place?” Well folks, I don’t know anything … zip … nothing. Joe has kept us informed from day one about this, because he wants us to participate in the show, but we have no idea right now what is in the script or what the story is. Only Joe knows for now, so you should piss him off. He won’t tell you, but the results should be fun. “

In February 2021, it was announced that the entire “Babylon 5” series was going to receive a long-awaited 1080p HD remastering, and as such is now available as a digital download from Amazon, iTunes where available globally and on HBO. . Max.

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