Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) have announced the start of production of BABYLON 5: THE LOST TALES, a made-for-video movie that will be targeted toward the BABYLON 5 loyal audience and science-fiction fans in general.
WHV will be the home entertainment distributor for this made-for-DVD release, which will include two new BABYLON 5 stories collectively entitled, "Voices of the Dark," in one film plus exclusive behind the scenes content. The stories will be written and directed by exec producer and original BABYLON 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. Exec producer Doug Netter also returns in that role. Actors from the original series that have signed on to participate in the project include Bruce Boxleitner (President John Sheridan), Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley) and Peter Woodward (Galen).
"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," said Jeff Brown, svp/gm, non-theatrical franchise, 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."
"It's great to be reunited with Joe and Doug once again," commented Gregg Maday, svp, movies and miniseries, WBTV. "I have always been very proud to be associated with their wonderful work on BABYLON 5 and I'm confident the 'Lost Tales' will add to the legacy of this very special franchise."
On an immense space station built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, 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 of The Lost Tales picks up several years after the events of its original story, and follows several of its major characters in new adventures set against the backdrop of the BABYLON 5 universe.