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No More Babylon 5 Direct to DVD Movies!! July 16, 2008

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Sure Babylon 5 : The Lost Tales sucked but we had all hoped it would be a new start for Babylon 5…turns out it was just a dead end.

J. Michael Straczynski has now officially put the kybosh on anymore direct to DVD Babylon 5 movies.

One final note re: recent discussions on TMoS and more Lost Tales.

B5:TLT was commissioned at a $2 million budget to, yet one more time, “test the waters” for B5. We did what we could with that, and that was that. As we did with Rangers, which also suffered from not having a lot of money because of concerns about “is there really a B5 audience?” Which is, of course, a foolish question from a studio that has never really understood what it has in B5.

Of late, there have been more discussions from WB about doing more DVDs, again at a low cost, or a cable thing, again with minimal investment.

So for the last few months, I’ve been giving this whole subject a lot of quiet thought. And I’ve come to a conclusion.

B5 as a five year story stands beautifully on its own. If anything else is to be continued from that story, it should be something that adds to the legacy of B5, rather than subtracts from it.

Not suprising but still it’s sad. Babylon 5 is an awesome concept and it would be great to see it further extended…but then again it’s five year story arc is a fully circle and it truly was an awesome ride.

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