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Old July 27th 14, 13:56   #1
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B5 Feature Film to be scripted

Thought I'd give this topic its own thread.

News coming out of JMS SDCC panel via the ever reliable Jan Schroeder, is that there will be a feature film going into production in 2016 with or without WB's support. Studio JMS has been successful enough to look at doing this.

This is AMAZING news! FAR better than sock puppets!

I think, logically, it has to be a reboot with a new cast. Too many of the original cast have passed beyond the rim, and many are now too old to convincingly reprise their roles. I would also guess that it can't really be set after, or during the events of the original TV series, because that would alienate far too much of the films potential audience - the general cinema going public. It would have to be what Serenity is to Firefly. Done in such a way that new viewers can get to know the universe with no prior knowledge.

However, I could see a lot of the old cast getting cameos, perhaps in the vein of Star Wars VII. Or, as the above videos suggests, perhaps playing totally different characters that are relevant to the story.

Stepping back for a monent though. Even if JMS writes a script, is there really any certainty this will get made? It would still need a home, backers and financing. So, whilst I'm very excited, I'm not holding my breath until I see something more concrete, like ink on the page with a studio.

I think we all remember the TMOS experience. Hopefully this is different and JMS is better placed now to get this made.

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Old July 27th 14, 15:17   #2
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Well if true........
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Old July 27th 14, 15:29   #3
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Slight correction to my own post, from Jan's SDCC update:

"So it's been a really big year for Studio JMS. And due to that, he can now look to doing a feature film ffor B5. JMS recapped that WB owns everything about B5 except the movie rights and even though he holds the film rights, to take a B5 movie to another studio without holding the TV rights wouldn't work. There's one studio in LA that doesn't care about that - Studio JMS - and in 2015 JMS will write the script. He'll give WB the opportunity to step up, but if they don't, Studio JMS will make it in 2016 on thier own with a $1-200,000,000.00 budget."

Colour me really freaking excited. This IS happening!
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Further info from the SDCC JMS panel:

Asked if the film would be a reboot or a continuation:

"It would have to be a reboot because it's been twenty-plus years since we started that show and some of the age ranges wouldn't work with some of these characters so we'd need to move a few people around. But what I want to do is use the original cast one way or another but we'd have to move some things around. I'd love to see Bruce as the President of the Earth Alliance; it would be the perfect role for him."
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Definitely true, I expect there will be video footage of the panel appearing online soon.
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Old July 27th 14, 16:39   #6
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Will be happy to be wrong in 2016.
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Ha. Fair play. Obviously, remains to be seen IF it gets made and I'm sure there will be plenty of challenges to overcome before the cameras are rolling and this is a reality.
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Mixed feelings about this. Obviously a B5 movie is an exciting thing to look forward to. I can see lots of plusses in getting a movie - greater interest in B5, more merchandise, more possibilities for getting the original show out on Blu-Ray etc etc. And it will be awesome to see the station on the big screen.

But – a couple of things work against the idea of doing a movie for me. Firstly when the show began I bought into the notion of doing five years then ending, not becoming a franchise. While I'm not necessarily averse to doing more, it has to be as good and to fit in with the original series, but the stuff that has come since the initial five-year storyline has not always been as good as the main series itself, so I worry about the quality. It's like it is hard to recapture that magic the original show had. Secondly, B5 was the five-year arc, that's what defined it - would it work as a standalone movie with only tenuous links to the original? Third – I really dislike the idea of a reboot. It feels like a disservice to the original show, that somehow it was flawed and needed doing again. Give us a new space-based series JMS, don't regurgitate old ideas.

Of course, I'm ready to be proven wrong and if and when it is made, I'll no doubt be first in the queue to see it :-)
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Mixed feelings about this. Obviously a B5 movie is an exciting thing to look forward to. I can see lots of plusses in getting a movie - greater interest in B5, more merchandise, more possibilities for getting the original show out on Blu-Ray etc etc. And it will be awesome to see the station on the big screen.

But a couple of things work against the idea of doing a movie for me. Firstly when the show began I bought into the notion of doing five years then ending, not becoming a franchise. While I'm not necessarily averse to doing more, it has to be as good and to fit in with the original series, but the stuff that has come since the initial five-year storyline has not always been as good as the main series itself, so I worry about the quality. It's like it is hard to recapture that magic the original show had. Secondly, B5 was the five-year arc, that's what defined it - would it work as a standalone movie with only tenuous links to the original? Third I really dislike the idea of a reboot. It feels like a disservice to the original show, that somehow it was flawed and needed doing again. Give us a new space-based series JMS, don't regurgitate old ideas.

Of course, I'm ready to be proven wrong and if and when it is made, I'll no doubt be first in the queue to see it :-)
I totally understand those conerns. I disliked all of the TNT films except 'In the Beginning', and anything post B5 proper has been diminishing returns.

However, I can't see how you can possibly get around the 'reboot' thing, not without completely ruining the chances of the film doing well. B5 needs NEW fans, and the only way to do that is to present it anew from the start. The last thing you want with a feature film is barriers to entry. It's one thing that Serenity got right.

I certain don't see it as negatively impacting the original show. In fact, to me, it's more positive. It has a chance to be something different. Hopefully different enough to engage us old school B5 fans all over again.

I have my doubts too, but I think JMS has enough perspective on it - having been through the wringer with Crusade and Lost Tales. He's already stated that he doesn't want to do anything that doesn't enrich the B5 universe. I think he's had his fair share of mis-steps to know what's right and wrong for B5. If anything, this is his one real shot at getting it right on his own terms. If it doesn't deliver, then that should be the final nail in the coffin.

At least we'll always have the existing show regardless of what comes next. I for one am excited to see that universe again, and I'm glad it's not going to be a half arsed spin off show or left over ideas done on a budget.

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reading on facebook and such, some fans saying they wont go and see it because the cast might change? jeezus. It didn't do star trek the reboot any harm did it? Also the story might change a little. So what? B5 is B5 - the series. Just like the Game of thrones books are different from the TV series. Each is it's own thing. We still have the TV series. We are now getting a feature film with a (rumoured) very decent budget.

What is there not to like here?
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