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Cult | News | 01 March 2005

Babylon 5 film off

Memory of Shadows to be just that.

Poor old Michael J Strayzinski. First he has to abandon his plans to pitch a new star Trek series, after Paramount placed a two-year embargo on any development of the franchise. Now he's seen a proposed film of Babylon 5 stall.

Posting on an internet newsgroup devoted to the series, JMS explained that a film company had optioned the rights he owned to make a film, but although he had completed a script entitled Memory of Shadows, the company failed to put in place a cast that would entice Warner Bros to back the project.

"The option has reverted, and to all intents and purposes, the project has dead ended," he said. "Nor do I think this particular incarnation will arise again at any point in the future."

But he did offer a glimmer of hope to fans:

"This was not the first time someone's taken a run at a B5 feature film, and it will not be the last. Eventually it will happen, because such things are simply inevitable. If they can do a Brady Bunch movie, you can be sure that sooner or later, somebody's going to do a B5 movie.

"The only thing I can say without equivocation is that when that day comes, as the rights-holder, I will make darned sure that it's done right, because I'd rather have no B5 movie than one that doesn't live up to what fans and I myself would want to see.

"To that end...I can wait."

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