Babylon 5 poised for comeback?

Babylon 5Babylon 5 could be poised for a comeback in some return as its creator J Michael Straczynski is in negotiations to re-acquire the rights to the series.

{jcomments on}Actor Walter Koenig revealed that Straczynski is in talks to buy back the rights to his epic sci-fi series Babylon 5. The actor played the recurring character of PSI-Cop Bester on the series who cropped up every so often to annoy the station staff. Bester was particularly disliked liked by Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle), for good reasons, and Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian).

“He told me that he is in negotiations 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 Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future.” – Walter Koenig quoted on

Babylon 5 ran for five seasons between 1994 and 1997 following its pilot episode The Gathering in 1993. The series was critically acclaimed and while not a massive ratings hit quickly amassed a loyal fan base. Babylon 5’s long story-arcs and multi-layered characterisations have been hugely influential on subsequent sci-fi shows. Following the end of Babylon 5 several television movies such as In The Beginning, Thirdspace and River of Souls were produced.

The 1999 television movie A Call To Arms served to set-up the events for the short-lived spin-off series Crusade which ran for 13 episodes in 1999. It’s short-lived nature was more to due with behind-the-scene issues at the broadcaster rather than the failure of the series to capture the audience. Another television movie was produced in 2002, The Legend of the Rangers, which was also Crusadedesigned to serve as a pilot for another spin-off which ultimately was not commissioned. A feature length film has long been in the pipeline but has been delayed numerous times for various reasons.

In 2007 it was hoped Babylon 5 would continue in the form of straight-to-dvd movies with the first in The Lost Tales dvds being released; A Voice in the Dark. It starred Bruce Boxleitner, Tracy Scoggins and Peter Woodward. It was hoped A Voice in the Dark would be followed by further DVDs which would have reunited other popular Babylon 5 characters but no further DVDs followed due to complicated behind-the-scenes issues.

(via SFX)