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J. Michael Straczynski Planning ‘Babylon 5′ Feature Film

babylon5 With the recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, expect a large number of sci-fi properties new and known to get the nod from Hollywood.

However, J. Michael Straczynski may have a jump on the competition, as TVWise reports he announced at Comic-Con International that he plans to write big-screen reboot of Babylon 5, with an eye toward starting production in 2016.

The cult-favorite space opera, which took its name from a five-mile-long space that houses five alien races, aired for four seasons on The WB and for one on TNT.

Straczynski said he’d like to see original cast members return for the film. “I’d love to see Bruce [Boxleitner] as the President of the Earth Alliance,” he said.

Straczynski has attempted to make B5 films several times, but none has gotten off the ground. If Warner Bros., which produced the TV series, doesn’t want to move forward with the reboot script, the writer-director will be able to shift production under his own Studio JMS, which is also working on the Netflix series Sense8 with the Wachowskis.


  • lewis4510

    It had it’s moments but the show was hit or miss for me. Mostly miss. Cheesy sets, cheesy effects and writing that was mediocre at best.

  • dregj

    the show was great, reboot /remake would be awesome
    certainly much better than most of the pseudo sci fi bullshit on tv now

  • M’Quve

    What is it about these once great creators trying to dig up and wipe the dust off of their classic creations. First Ridley Scott and his decision to revisit Alien with Prometheus and his talk about a Blade Runner prequel. Glen Larson wants to reboot Battlestar Galactica. And now Stravynski with B5. These guys used to create now worlds, revolutionize genres, and breach frontiers. Sad that they’ve come down to recycling their own ideas for lack of anything new.

  • Sentry616

    Screw Babylon 5, I hope the Farscape movie finds traction in the wake of Guardians Of The Galaxy.