Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Television have started production on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, a made-for-video feature that will offer two new stories collectively titled ‘Voices of the Dark.’ Actors reprising their roles from the original series include Bruce Boxleitner as President John Sheridan, Tracy Scoggins as Captain Elizabeth Lochley and Peter Woodward as Galen.
Babylon 5 was introduced to television audiences in 1993. The cerebral, Emmy-winning sci-fi series continued for five seasons and enjoyed nine successful years in broadcast and cable syndication, spawning five feature length movies’The Gathering, In the Beginning, Thirdspace, River of Souls and A Call to Arms‘as well as the limited series Crusade. Lately, the series has been a solid seller on DVD, generating more than $44 million at retail to date.
The new stories are being written and directed by executive producer and original Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. Doug Netter also returns to exec producer duties for the project, which will also offer exclusive behind the scenes content.
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales is set on an immense space station built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s. There, the crew of Babylon 5 is charged with maintaining the peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travelers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers. The story picks up several years after the events of its original story, and follows several of its major characters in new adventures.
‘We are very excited to be releasing this new made-for-video release filled with original content for Babylon 5, one of the most successful science fiction series of all time,’ says Jeff Brown, senior VP and general manager of non-theatrical franchise for Warner Home Video. ‘This popular TV show which has been off the air for a few years continues to have a strong loyal fan base that is hungry for more content. This is the first time we’re utilizing one of our popular TV franchises as a made-for-video title, and we have a strong commitment to the growth of this sector.’
Warner Home Video will be the exclusive distributor of Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, which is sure to feature a lot of digital visual effects work. A release date has not been set at this time.