Original creator and showrunner J. Michael Staczynski compares Babylon 5 reboot to Westworld or Battlestar Galactica, promises “new ideas.”
The Babylon 5 the reboot will be closer to modern reimaginations of Westworld and Battlestar Galactica, according to the original creator of the series, J. Michael Staczynski.
Staczynski, who is very active on Twitter, tweeted a series of posts that dealt with reports from September 27 that indicated that a reboot of his critically-acclaimed series was in development on the CW network. The old one The Incredible Spider-Man The writer has confirmed that he is indeed writing a pilot for the potential reboot, and if the series is enlightened, so will he be the showrunner. “Yes, it’s true, Babylon 5 is in active development as a series for the CW, âStaczynski wrote, adding,â I’m deep into pilot writing now, and will kick off the series right off pickup. Staczynski then posted a thread explaining his reasons for rebooting the classic sci-fi drama.
To answer all questions, yes that’s right, Babylon 5 is in active development as a series for the CW. We have serious fans on the network, and they can’t wait to see this show happen. I’m deep into the pilot’s writing now, and will be running the show right off pickup.
– J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) September 27, 2021
While the new show will have the same chief writer and showrunner as the original series, Staczynski promises it will always be a whole new story. “If I created Babylon 5 today, for the first time, knowing what I know now as a writer, what would that be like? âthe writer said.â How would he use all the storytelling tools and technological resources available in 2021 that were not available at the time? … Better to take the path of Westworld Where Battlestar Galactica where you take the original elements that are evergreen and put them in a blender with a ton of new and thought-provoking ideas, to create something fresh but familiar, âexplained Staczynski.
Babylon 5 told the story of the titular space station which served as a neutral meeting place for the various space races in the galaxy. The series used its melting pot setting as a platform to tell stories that tackled issues like racism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, and more. In his tweets, Staczynski promised that the new series would also not hesitate to discuss modern issues. “How can he [Babylon 5] be used to reflect the world we live in, and the questions we ask and face every day? Fans regularly point out how the show was and is prescient about our current world; it would be fun to try and look further down the road, âStaczynski wrote.
Several of the original series’ cast have passed away in the 22 years since the series finale, which is why Staczynski has opted for a reboot rather than a continuation.
The 1994 series is widely regarded as one of the most innovative shows of its time, a trait that Staczynski says will continue with the reboot. “The original Babylon 5 was ridiculously innovative: the first to use CGI to create ships and characters, and among the very first to shoot on the big screen with a vigorous 5.1 mix. Above all, for the first time, Babylon 5 introduced viewers accustomed to episodic television to the concept of a five-year arc with a pre-planned start, middle, and endâ¦ creating a whole new paradigm for TV storytelling that eventually became the norm. This tradition of innovation will continue in this new iteration, âexplained the writer.
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