Babylon 5 reboot could be canceled this month unless fans save it

Series producer J. Babylon 5’s reboot may be dying on the Vine, according to Michael Straczynski, and he’s urging fans to make his voice heard.

by Michelle Martin | published

Sadly, which isn’t particularly surprising news, it looks like The CW Babylon 5 Reboot may be in trouble. J. Michael Straczynski—creator of both the original science fiction series and a possible reboot—took Twitter This week told fans the decision to flag or cancel the pilot “could be decided later this month,” and urged fans to make their voices heard. Notably, Straczynski called on fans to petition for Warner Bros. TV, even though 75% ownership of The CW was acquired by Nexstar Media Group.

Straczynski offered fans hashtags #B5onCWin23 For the campaign, and supporters so far Babylon 5 At least measure the outspoken reboots on Twitter in the thousands, they’re not exactly a surprising number in the age of social media.

A Handicap Straczynski & co. has to be dealt with that similar revivals are usually spared that Babylon 5 Reboot just can’t give fans what they want in their hearts: not a reboot, but a continuation. With the demise of the vast majority of the main cast of the original series in the intervening years, a continuation may be possible but not at all plausible. Not to mention that Straczynski has already confirmed that with the reboot he plans to tell a story that’s different from the first series, and the change is indeed something hardcore sci-fi TV/movie fans will be embracing. is not known for.

Despite the recent turmoil at The CW—in which many of its most popular shows are either being canceled or renewed for a final season, as well as Nexstar talking away from most scripted programming—it Straczynski The first public expression of any kind. doubt about Babylon 5 The future of reboots. Also earlier this month, clarifying some fan confusion about various projects from the franchise, the series creator only said that the reboot was “waiting for a production order.” Considering both the CW’s expected return from scripted shows and the budget required for a heavy, space-based science fiction series, the only surprise is that it took Strazynski so long to rally the troops.

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Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, and Bill Mumi Babylon 5

A silver lining is that no matter what happens Babylon 5 The reboot, there is at least one confirmed project — which Straczynski called “Project 2” — comes from what remains of the original cast. Straczynski confirmed the new project, scheduled for release in 2023, in early September, but without specifying what Project 2 was. He only said it was done “secretly” and was given an “oath of secrecy”, not even mentioning in what medium it was happening.

We don’t have any insider information about what Project 2 is all about, but at least we can make some good guesses about who’s involved. with so little original Babylon 5 Stars left, we’re guessing Project 2 stars Bruce Boxleitner (Captain John Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Lieutenant Commander Susan Ivanova), Andrea Thompson (psychic Talia Winters), Bill Mumiy (Minbari diplomatic aide Lanier), Tracy Scroggins Will be (Captain Elizabeth Lochley), Jason Carter (Marcus Cole), Patricia Tallman (psychic Lita Alexander), and Peter Jurassic (Centauri diplomat Londo).

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