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A Reboot of ‘Babylon 5’ in Development at The CW

Original Series Creator J. Michael Straczynski  Is Onboard to Write the Project

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An updated version of sci-fi drama “Babylon 5” is in development at The CW with original series creator J. Michael Straczynski  onboard to write the project. He will also executive producer under his Studio JMS banner. Warner Bros. Television, which produced the original series, will produce the reboot. The initial “Babylon 5” aired for five seasons, from 1993 to 1998.

The logline: In a from-the-ground-up reboot of the original series, John Sheridan, an Earthforce officer with a mysterious background, is assigned to Babylon 5, a five-mile-long space station in neutral space, a port of call for travelers, smugglers, corporate explorers and alien diplomats at a time of uneasy peace and the constant threat of war. His arrival triggers a destiny beyond anything he could have imagined, as an exploratory Earth company accidentally triggers a conflict with a civilization a million years ahead of us, putting Sheridan and the rest of the B5 crew in the line of fire as the last, best hope for the survival of the human race.

Straczynski followed up “Babylon 5” with the TNT spinoff series “Crusade.” The “Babylon 5” franchise also includes novels, short stories, and comic books, among other merchandising.