I’m a huge Babylon 5 fan and it’s been way too long since the last visit to the Babylon 5 universe. Well that wait is almost over. Warner Home Video today announced that Babylon 5: The Lost Tales starts filming this week.
My first thought when I heard about this was: “Why now?”. It’s been way too long since the show last aired. The press release provided that answer. $44 million in DVD sales is not small change and shows a pretty dedicated fan base. But enough about money, here’s what the press release said about the show:
WHV will be the home entertainment distributor for this made-for-DVD release which will include two new Babylon 5 stories collectively entitled “Voices of the Dark” in one film plus exclusive behind the scenes content. The stories will be written and directed by executive producer and original “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski. Executive producer Doug Netter also returns in that role. Actors from the original series that have signed on to participate in the project include Bruce Boxleitner (“President John Sheridan”), Tracy Scoggins (“Captain Elizabeth Lochley”) and Peter Woodward (“Galen”).
Unfortunately since the show ended in 1999, some members of the core cast have passed away most notably Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin) and Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar). Hopefully Londo, Bester, Delenn and Garibaldi will be able to participate. If it’s just Sheridan, Lochley and Galen that won’t cut it, even with JMS writing.