In this age of the reboot, it's not surprising that the 1990s scifi television show, Babylon 5, is also returning from the dead to attempt to wow audiences one more time.
We've known about a potential reboot for some time, but there was confusion as to whether this would be a continuation of the television series or a big screen feature film. At the San Diego Comic-Con we finally learned this would indeed be a film, and that creator J. Michael Straczynski would like as many of the original cast members as possible to return, adding: "I'd love to see Bruce [Boxleitner] as the President of the Earth Alliance".
Now, TVWise have added a few more details about the behind the scenes wrangling of the [Babylon 5 Reboot](movie:2186456) movie. They reported:
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.
So, it seems like even without Warner Bros. help, a Babylon 5 movie will be arriving at some time or another. In fact, the potential refusal of Warner to fund the film could have some benefits, especially when it comes to creative freedom. After all, many big studio reboots aren't particularly known for sticking to the source material. According to Straczynski, the current plan is to begin production on the Babylon 5 movie in 2016.
Do we really need a Babylon 5 movie?