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  • Originally posted by cornholio1980 View Post
    This is quite likely going to change come December, when a certain Force Awakens
    Whilst it's stiff competition in the visual department, every studio will be keen to make space / SF films again. Although, I don't recall the prequel films really having that effect, at least not in the same way that the original SW inspired countless knock off films in the 80s. So, maybe it won't be quite as pronounced as I think. Still it has to help give SF films some extra box office cred.

    I guess SW is its own thing and it stands alone. It has a massive built in audience regardless of genre.
    Last edited by Ubik; 07-27-2015, 04:37 AM.
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    • Maybe series of retro commercials would so the trick.

      A nice little old lady standing in the theater lobby looks at all the current sci-fi posters and complains loudly "Where's the B5?!"
      (Wendeys 'Wheres the beef' commercial)

      A voice over song during opening credits...
      I wan't my B5 back, B5 back, B5 back
      (Chili restaurant ' Baby back ribs' advert)

      A couple of teens wearing sun glasses exiting the new SW movie
      "Meh, just lots of running, jumping, sword fights, and now with lens-flair!… I could have had a B-5!!"
      (V8 Juice commercial)
      Last edited by DaveNarn; 07-27-2015, 11:18 AM.

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      • Originally posted by DaveNarn View Post
        Maybe series of retro commercials would so the trick.
        LOL! wish the forums had a 'like' button!

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

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        • "Hey! I'd like a B5 man"

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MshadyDLjnk
          Who are you?
          What do you want?
          What is the average inflight speed of an unladened swallow?

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          • Originally posted by moreorless View Post
            Nice one

            7-UP commercials with Geoffrey Holder..
            https://youtu.be/dvZd4ld8Tt4

            Techno-babble, never had it - never will
            Taste the untrek freshness!

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            • Don't mean to cause a rabble with a crack about techno-babble, I like Trek too.
              There is a renewed desire for trek on the small screen created by the Trek movies

              This time B5 could beat them to it.. and when Ron Moore directs the new series on Netflix maybe he will sneak a little uss enterprise in a background scene like he did on BSG.

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              • Might I suggest Joe Rogan for the part of Mr. Garibaldi? He played Joe Garrelli on News Radio, a favorite show of mine.

                He even performed some Garibaldi like duties on News Radio.

                www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T-CreVC_6Y

                www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOK8_1lwtEM

                Second video shows he even has a bit of a Jerry Doyle vibe as an outspoken individualist. Has some cursing!

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                • There hasn't been any news on this in over a year. I'm doubtful.
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                  • Originally posted by qstor View Post
                    There hasn't been any news on this in over a year. I'm doubtful.
                    JMS stated again that he still plans to write the script later this year at his panel at SDCC last month. Can't really be any news other than that.

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

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                    • JMS stated again that he still plans to write the script later this year at his panel at SDCC last month. Can't really be any news other than that.
                      With Sense8 Season 2 now confirmed, Red Mars in the works, and comics commitments falling by the wayside, how likely do folks think this is?

                      I want it to happen as much as the next B5 nut, but part of me thinks it's pretty unrealistic whilst Sense8 is doing well and ongoing.
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                      Kosh: Good!

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                      • Originally posted by Ubik View Post
                        With Sense8 Season 2 now confirmed, Red Mars in the works, and comics commitments falling by the wayside, how likely do folks think this is?
                        Red Mars is a pilot. The script is done and JMS is working on the bible according to his recent Tweet. So unless it actually shoots the pilot and/or goes to series, that's not much of a time-sink.

                        Sense8 of course is a different story but even when B5 was in process JMS found time to write various other things. I'm thinking that the writing part isn't any drawback. The actual making, though, that's a different story. Look how often 'The Flickering Light' has been set back.

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

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                        • Originally posted by Jan View Post
                          Red Mars is a pilot. The script is done and JMS is working on the bible according to his recent Tweet. So unless it actually shoots the pilot and/or goes to series, that's not much of a time-sink.

                          Sense8 of course is a different story but even when B5 was in process JMS found time to write various other things. I'm thinking that the writing part isn't any drawback. The actual making, though, that's a different story. Look how often 'The Flickering Light' has been set back.

                          Jan
                          Good point Jan. I also forget that JMS seems to be constantly writing, all hours of the day! The struggle won't be writing it, it'll be getting it made. Hopefully us fans can do our part when that transpires!

                          I'd STILL like to see 'The Flickering Light' get the green light. The subject matter alone was interesting enough to warrant it being made.
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                          • I am hopeful because it is an old imaginary universe that JMS is very familiar with. JMS likely already has old ideas and things written out, including 5 seasons of scripts, mulitple movies, and spinoffs, that just need to be tweaked, organized, and updated. My hope is that his biggest struggle is just getting focused on getting back into the B5 Universe. Once he is in the zone and starts organizing and writing I am sure the ideas will flow quite quickly. He just needs to start it. He'll likely have a first draft in no time, which is good because I want him to have time to go back and make it perfect.
                            Last edited by Looney; 08-27-2015, 06:38 AM.
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                            • I'm sorry, if I may be ask a question that has already been answered, but I'm new to this forum and I looked through this thread, but I haven't read the whole 21 pages, hope you don't mind it
                              What I want to understand is if it's already known if there's gonna be a movie with the new or the old characters? If there are gonna be the new characters, will the place be still B5 or some alternative similar reality? Does anyone know what years would it be?
                              Cause if there is gonna be an alternative reality with completely new characters, it would be interesting to see the old actors playing new roles (cause as far as I understood JMS wants to bring the old actors to the new movie, right?).
                              But if there is going to be the same time period and the same characters on B5, due to the actors' s current age, these characters should be played by other actors. And as for me, I can't really imagine seeing the old actors playing the new roles in the same B5 reality, while others play their previous characters, especially when it comes to Bruce and Mira. I actually can't imagine hearing Bruce's voice and seeing him playing someone else in the B5 universe, while someone else plays Sheridan. The same with Delenn.
                              So, as for me, I think it would be better to see an alternative reality with the new characters. Otherwise, it would be great to see the action taking place in the late 70th-early 80th, this way the old actors will be more or less the same age as their characters. It would be great to see something of what is written in the trilogy about the Centauri Prime, especially what happened in the book3 (although this means finding someone new to play GKar or excluding this character at all), and also something new that isn’t in the book but happened in that years, and may be to see some of David Sheridan’s story.
                              What do you think about it? Or maybe there’s already an answer to all my questions?
                              P.S. And sorry for such a long post
                              Last edited by Vorlon_Stacy; 10-27-2015, 04:03 AM.

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                              • Hi Stacy, welcome to the forums! Here's a recap of what JMS has said thus far, this should clarify things. This is all we know at this point. And yes, it would be a reboot of the series, with new actors, with possible cameos by old favourites in different roles. No update on the status of the script but JMS promised it would be written this year.

                                Originally posted by Jan's earlier post
                                JMS recaps what'ss coming up and then:

                                So we’ve been having a really, really good year at Studio JMS. And where that comes in handy – where it’s kind of important involves this (B5 logo comes on screen).

                                So… Fact: When I made the Babylon 5 deal with Warner Bros. it was just short of indentured servitude. Financially, I’ll never seen a dime out of Babylon 5 ever. I have no problems with that; I knew what I was signing when I go into it, but I mention it to piss them off every once in a while. One thing that I was able to withhold was the film rights. I still own the movie rights to Babylon 5. I’ve been pushing Warner’s for the last…ever since the early cretaceous period…to “Let’s do a Babylon 5 movie – a proper big budget feature film.” And they’ve always dragged their feet [because] that’s what Warner Bros. does. They knew that they had the upper hand because I couldn’t take it to any other studio because these days all the studios want all the rights. So if I brought it to say, Sony or Fox, they’d want the TV rights which Warner Bros. controls. Warner Bros. will never give those rights up so we were always handcuffed by that.

                                Turns out, however, there’s one studio in Los Angeles…Distributors, by the way, don’t care about the TV rights. Distributors just [care] about the movie, they don’t care about the TV part. There’s one studio in town that doesn’t care if it doesn’t have the TV rights…that wants to see this movie made and will do it with or without Warner Bros. (Studio JMS logo comes on screen).

                                Here’s the plan: We’re going to have, through Studio JMS, at least two, maybe three TV series on the air next year. We’re going to have at least one or two movies going ahead. And we’ll use that to parlay serious investment in the studio. I’m not talking Kickstarter, I’m talking about one hundred million dollars, two hundred million dollars; we already have people who are lined up and interested in doing that.

                                So in 2015 I will write a Babylon 5 screenplay. I’ll be giving Warner Bros. the opportunity – if they want to step up, “Help yourself”. If they don’t, 2016: We make it. I’m not going to wait around for more of our cast members to die. So that’s the long term plan and those are the current updates on everything that’s going on right now.

                                Question from a fan: Asked if JMS might crowd-fund for a million of the investment so that fans can be part of it.

                                JMS: I would rather now. Here’s the reason why, though. I come from the ranks of fandom – I’m as rank as any of you. To me, much as I understand that Kickstarter and crowd-sourcing are a way for those outside to get involved with the process, show their appreciation for the process, I am resistant to that lure because it feels to me like taking advantage of the fans and I have a hard time with that on a moral and ethical basis. I’d rather have an investor come up and say “Here’s a check for a hundred million dollars” - which I would gladly take, by the way; if anyone in the audience happens to have one of those lying around, let me know – than to come to the fans and try to get it. Science fiction fans, and horror fans, to a degree, are the most exploited folks out there. “Line up, buy the merchandise, watch the show.” And I just see this money suck happening. So the answer is no.

                                Question from a fan: Are you considering a reboot to bring in new viewers or are you thinking of a continuation with the cast and crew from the original series.

                                JMS: It would have to be a reboot because it’s now been twenty-plus years since we started that show and some of the age ranges wouldn’t always work with some of the characters. So we’d have to move a few people around. But what I want to do is use the original cast one way or the other and move a few things around. I’d love to see Bruce as President of the Earth Alliance; that would be the perfect role for him.

                                I love playing around with the cast anyway. The one story that I wanted to do for the original B5 and they wouldn’t let me do it was, when Londo was injured and had this dream sequence, I wanted to have different actors play different roles. So Jerry Doyle would play Londo. Claudia Christian would play Delenn and Delenn (Mira) would play Ivanova. Peter Jurasik would play Jerry Doyle’s role. Andreas Katsulas would be the Commander of the Station and Bruce would be G’Kar. They said, “People would be way too confused.” JMS: “They won’t be confused, trust me! Listen, they have the intelligence for this.” It was the only story that they said “No, no, no, no and by the way, no.” The chance to [ ] play around with the cast and have some fun with it could be a good thing.
                                Last edited by Ubik; 10-27-2015, 04:12 AM.
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