December 10, 2004

Rejoice, fellow dorks

Every time I start getting frustrated about things taking longer than they should (like my book being published in late November instead of mid-October, or the Holy Tango Basement Tapes website scheduled to go live sometime next week instead of when the book was released), I think about J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5. I wouldn't call him unlucky, per se, since he did manage to get a five-year sci-fi story on TV the way he wanted to do it, and a good thing too, but things have been rough for B5 fans since then. His spin-off series, Crusade, was buried by TNT, and a massive fan effort to save the show failed, although several websites kept the flame burning for many years.

Anyway, I believe it was last December that JMS started dropping hints that he would be able to reveal an exciting new B5-related project soon after the turn of the year. Then he said, well, you know, we're in negotiations, so probably in February, no, I mean April. Then one important B5 cast member died unexpectedly, forcing rewrites. Anyway, nearly a year later, and god knows how many more frustrating behind-the-scenes delays, there has finally been a formal announcement of a B5 theatrical movie, filming in April. All righty.

Posted by Francis at 06:12 PM