Warner Home Video has set July 31 as the release date for Warner Bros. Television’s new feature-length production Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. The direct-to-DVD sci-fi movie takes viewers to the year 2271 A.D. and continues the saga that began in 1993 when the Emmy Award-winning, cult-favorite series first aired.
Written and directed by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and exec produced by Douglas Netter and J. Michael Straczynski, The Lost Tales is set an immense space station where the crew is charged with maintaining peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out. It’s been ten years since John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) was appointed President of the Interstellar Alliance and the story finds him preparing for a fateful Babylon 5 reunion that could prevent Earth’s impending doom. At the same time, commander Elizabeth Lochley (Tracy Scoggins) confronts an unexpected interloper on the way station’a being whose presence makes the B5 freeport the crossroads between heaven and hell.
Babylon 5 aired in syndication for nine years and spawned five feature-length TV movies, picking up multiple awards along the way. ‘Although the show has been off the air for a few years, it continues to have a fervent fan base that is eager for this new installment,’ says Jeff Brown, Warner Home Video’s senior VP and general manager, TV, animation and family.
Bonus features on the Babylon 5: The Lost Tales DVD will include Straczynski Diaries’a multi-part series of vignettes filmed by the series creator as he documents every phase of pre-production, production and post-production for the movie. The disc will carry a suggested retail price of $24.98.