Something was said about a Babylon 5 revival in recent years. Creator J.Michael Straczynski has actively developed it, but the project has yet to be officially launched. Many fans were quite excited about this project, but unfortunately there hasn’t been an update on what’s currently going on with it.
series star, Bruce Boxleitnerwho played Captain John J. Sheridan on the show was recently asked about the revival, and he said, “I haven’t heard anything. I have not heard anything. I know Warner had major corporate reorganizations going on, brothers and the CW and all of that, so I don’t know how it’s going to play out.”
Yes, those big changes on WB and CW probably didn’t contribute to the advances that were being made behind the scenes. Last year, the project was endorsed by The CW’s chairman and CEO Markus PedowitzSaying:
“It’s very active in development, I personally spoke to Straczynski when we picked up the pilot. I’m a big fan of Babylon 5, personally I’ve watched every episode of the series. I’ve known Joe for a long time. I’d love to bring that story back in some form, I think it’s perfect for the CW.”
That definitely sounded like a promising update! Around the same time, Straczynski offered the following update:
“Call to [reboot] Pilot ‘a hell of a script,’ he said, taking the highly unusual step of delaying the project and pilot script into next year and keeping B5 in active development while the dust settles on it [prospective] Sale of the CW. Here’s the bottom line: Yesterday, Babylon 5 was in active development on the CW and Warner Bros. for Fall 2022. Today, Babylon 5 is in active development on the CW and Warner Bros. for Fall 2023. That’s the only difference.”
A few months later, Straczynski called for fan support to give the project the green light. Straczynski tweeted at the time:
“It was never my habit to beg B5 fans and followers for a solid performance on behalf of the show. Because I feel like it’s my role and the show’s role to serve you, not the other way around. But tomorrow, for the first time in 22 years, I’m going to ask.”
He then asked fans to show their support for them Babylon 5 Restart on social media by tweeting about it to influence Warner Bros. TV’s final decision:
“The fate of the #Babylon5 pilot could be decided later this month. Although much of @TheCW was bought by @NXSTMediaGroup, the decision also rests heavily with @WarnerbrosTV. If fans want to show their support for B5 and let them know you want this to happen, now is the time #B5onCWin23.”
There hasn’t been an update from Straczynski since then. This probably doesn’t bode well, but I imagine the creator hasn’t given up on the project yet and is still trying to push it forward.
The new iteration of Babylon 5 is described as “starting from scratch”. In the series, “John Sheridan, an Earthforce officer with a mysterious background, is assigned to Babylon 5, a five-mile-long space station in neutral space, a port of call for travelers, smugglers, corporate researchers, and alien diplomats in a time of troubled peace and the constant threat of war. His arrival triggers a fate beyond anything he could have imagined when an Earth exploration venture inadvertently triggers a conflict with a civilization a million years ahead of us, leaving Sheridan and the rest of the B5 crew last and best hope of human survival caught in the line of fire.”
Do you think that the Babylon 5 Will there ever be a revival?