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    anyone know the status of negotiations with WB for a big budget movie for B5? I'd settle for a new series on the SyFy channel.

    thanks

    Mike
    "Hate is bagage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time" Edward Furlong American History X

  • #2
    Last we heard was that after JMS drew his 'line in the sand' stipulating a big budget movie or nothing, WB did come back and ask how much he had in mind. He told them (but not us) and that was it.

    One good thing that he's mentioned a couple of times is that if he develops a story he really wants to tell but WB passes, he can go elsewhere to sell it since he owns the movie rights.

    Jan
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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    • #3
      JMS has just gotten really quiet in recent months compared to what he had been in the past. We're not really getting updates like we used to.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
        JMS has just gotten really quiet in recent months compared to what he had been in the past. We're not really getting updates like we used to.
        He's probably busy with his non-B5 career and there' nothing to say on the B5 front.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by KoshN View Post
          He's probably busy with his non-B5 career and there' nothing to say on the B5 front.
          Yeah. He's writing big movies these days and piling up comic book work too.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
            Yeah. He's writing big movies these days and piling up comic book work too.
            Doesn't matter, really. It'd take the jaws of life to pry open Warner Brothers wallet wherever B5 is concerned.
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            • #7
              Well he told them he's going to name a budget and they didn't slam a door in his face, so that is progress. WB has not said no to him at this point, but I haven't heard any rumors of a B5 project yet. I believe "The Flickering Light" is in pre-production now, and Joe's directing this one, so he's surely very busy with it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JoeD80 View Post
                Well he told them he's going to name a budget and they didn't slam a door in his face,
                We don't know what their reaction was.


                Originally posted by JoeD80 View Post
                ...so that is progress. WB has not said no to him at this point, but I haven't heard any rumors of a B5 project yet.
                Is walking away without comment, progress? (No.) Who knows what they did once JMS wasn't there. I bet some of the suits were struck speechless, others wanted to snicker, and some probably felt lightheaded.
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                • #9
                  I don't think there is going to be a future, he has so much going on that he doesn't need to depend on it anymore.

                  Plus read the JMS speaks on the lurker's guide for the episode Sleeping in Light.
                  "And what kind of head of Security would I be if I let people like me know things that I'm not supposed to know? I mean, I know what I know because I have to know it. And if I don't have to know it, I don't tell me, and I don't let anyone else tell me either. " And I can give you reasonable assurances that the head of Security will not report you for doing so."
                  "Because you won't tell yourself about it?"

                  "I try never to get involved in my own life, too much trouble."

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                  • #10
                    Everything in the B5 universe that's been done since "Sleeping in Light" has been lagniappe, something extra that he's done because he loves the universe and characters *at least* as much as we do. Need it? I'm sure you're right, he doesn't. He's been in a position to only do projects that he wants to do for some time now. But at conventions he still tells how the B5 characters 'talk' in his head, so it's not as if he's 'gotten over' them, just that he hasn't come up with the right story to tell yet.

                    Look on the bright side. He became a much better TV writer as B5 went along; he's sure to be becoming a better feature writer with each one of those that he writes.

                    Jan
                    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks all. I was really hoping the Memory of Shadows got made but we'll have to see if there's life yet for a movie/tv/dvd version of B5

                      Mike
                      "Hate is bagage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time" Edward Furlong American History X

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                      • #12
                        BTW, Jan, I didn't mean need in a derogotory maner, but he isn't a one trick pony (he never was, but), based on his comments I used to read on the site before I get to this forum he's in demand and has projects and is really busy, I bet that would push some of the other characters to the back burner, but I didn't mean kill or eliminate them. I could tell from the Lost Tales DVD about what you were saying, but... I'm still hoping for that Dilgar War miniseries. I'd like to see Garibaldi's father in action. And the Telepath war. I know, why not any movies about the peace.



                        Another comment, with the advent of movies like Aliens Vs. Monsters and Avatar you really don't need the actors to be the right age any more, they could have Bruce back as Sheridan 10 years from now and it wouldn't be a problem, so maybe someday? (hope hope hope...)
                        Last edited by Marsden; 04-22-2010, 06:50 AM.
                        "And what kind of head of Security would I be if I let people like me know things that I'm not supposed to know? I mean, I know what I know because I have to know it. And if I don't have to know it, I don't tell me, and I don't let anyone else tell me either. " And I can give you reasonable assurances that the head of Security will not report you for doing so."
                        "Because you won't tell yourself about it?"

                        "I try never to get involved in my own life, too much trouble."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jan View Post
                          Everything in the B5 universe that's been done since "Sleeping in Light" has been lagniappe, something extra that he's done because he loves the universe and characters *at least* as much as we do. Need it? I'm sure you're right, he doesn't. He's been in a position to only do projects that he wants to do for some time now. But at conventions he still tells how the B5 characters 'talk' in his head, so it's not as if he's 'gotten over' them, just that he hasn't come up with the right story to tell yet.

                          Look on the bright side. He became a much better TV writer as B5 went along; he's sure to be becoming a better feature writer with each one of those that he writes.

                          Jan
                          I am fully convinced that a Babylon 5 movie will eventually be made, although I hope it will happen within my lifetime. In the meantime, I rejoice in seeing a fellow fan and friend spread his wings into new arenas. To a great extent, JMS needs to step away from the Babylon 5 Universe and return refreshed after pursuing other intellectual challenges, much as Isaac Asimov did with his Foundation Series.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Marsden View Post

                            Another comment, with the advent of movies like Aliens Vs. Monsters and Avatar you really don't need the actors to be the right age any more, they could have Bruce back as Sheridan 10 years from now and it wouldn't be a problem, so maybe someday? (hope hope hope...)
                            The way things are going, before long you won't need actors at all, except as photo models and for voice samples.

                            That's the next step, you know, writing programs for realistically recreating voices out of words that the actors have already spoken, matching those to digital recreations of the actors in question...

                            Then you can have unlimited films in any era with any actor. All-new Star Trek episodes with Young Shatner! Boris Karloff in B5!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Doom Shepherd View Post
                              The way things are going, before long you won't need actors at all, except as photo models and for voice samples.

                              That's the next step, you know, writing programs for realistically recreating voices out of words that the actors have already spoken, matching those to digital recreations of the actors in question...

                              Then you can have unlimited films in any era with any actor. All-new Star Trek episodes with Young Shatner! Boris Karloff in B5!
                              Did anybody else just think of "Deconstruction of Falling Stars" (Real Facts vs. Good Facts segment)?
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                              JMS and we fans are collectively Charlie Brown.
                              Babylon 5 is the football.

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