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Straczynski Swats Down Rumor About Babylon 5 Revival

Veteran actor Walter Koenig raised the hopes of Babylon 5 fans over the weekend when he claimed creator J. Michael Straczynski is negotiating to acquire the rights to the cult-hit sci-fi series, teasing, “you might see another Babylon 5 in the not-too-distant future.”

Straczynski, however, said that’s simply not the case. “Walter misspoke,” he said this afternoon in a statement to Spinoff Online. “I am not in negotiations with WB to develop more Babylon 5.”

Koenig, who had a recurring role in the series as Alfred Bester, an officer in the paramilitary Psi Corps, sparked hopes of a future for the franchise during an appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention. There, TrekMovie reports, the actor told attendees: “[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 Bros. is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not-too-distant future.”

Debuting in 1993, the series centered on a five-mile-long space station based in neutral space, where it served as a focal point for diplomacy, political intrigue and conflict in a struggle for peace among human and alien civilizations in the 23rd century. With long story arcs that earned it the label of a “novel for television,” Babylon 5 aired for five seasons, ending in 1998.


  • Chris Katrev

    It was too good to be true.

  • Darren Lee

    Sigh, the Great Maker teases too much…

  • Garidin Winslow

    For what it’s worth, I appreciate Walter Koenig’s love for the show, and I appreciate him still being willing to discuss it. I don’t mind a little false hope now and then if it gets B5 some visibility and reminds people of how great it truly was.

    I just wish it were true. Please, JMS? It is my top sci-fi show of all time.

  • Trinigad

    Hehe, doesn’t the reply made by JMS actually _confirm_ that he’s trying to re-acquire the rights to B5? If so, we may indeed see some new B5 in the future, though, of course, some years may pass before that happens :)

  • Almirfus

    Maybe not in negotiations to develop more B5 with Warner but to ACQUIRE the rights for it in the future.
    JMS statements can be very encripted sometimes.