Babylon 5 Is Getting Rebooted, With J. Michael Straczynski at the Helm

It's time to bring back one of the greatest sci-fi classics from the 90s. The man who created it is back for more.


Variety reports that Warner Bros. ordered a reboot for Babylon 5 as part of a deal with Straczynskis Studio JMS and Warner Bros. TV. This series is not a continuation, but rather a completely new series of the 1993 cult-classic series. It was seven episodes and seven movies made for TV from 1993 to 1998. Babylon 5 was set in a future in which humanity has explored the stars to find a multitude of alien civilisations that can live in harmony. The series followed Earthforce officer John Sheridan, Bruce Boxleitner, as he assumed command of Babylon 5, a space station for diplomatic meetings and trade negotiations. It also became a stage for renewed conflicts between civilizations and humanity's descent into totalitarianism.

The series was loved for its dark sci fi plots and the way it presented a large, intertwined story over the course of the seasons and movies. Spinoffs such as the TNT series Crusadeto tell long-form stories, instead of plots-of the-week with iconic alien characters such as Mira Furlans Delenn or Andreas Katsulas petty evil turned spiritual figure GKar. The series ended in 1998 but inspired a lot of tie-in novels. Its influence can be seen everywhere, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to Straczynskis work collaborating on Sense8.

We will be bringing you more information on the CW's plans for Babylon 5 when they are available.

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