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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the ask-me-anything dept.

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J. Michael Straczynski has written Thor, World War Z, and Changeling among many other films. He created Babylon 5 and has worked on numerous comic book titles including Superman and The Amazing Spider-Man. Most recently, he has teamed up with the Wachowskis for an original Netflix sci-fi series, Sense8 . He's agreed to take a break from his busy schedule in order to answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.

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Pleeeeeeeease? (5, Insightful)

doas777 (1138627) | about 4 months ago | (#46535099)

Can we PLEEEEEASE have HD Bab5? if you crowd-fund it, we will pay.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (2)

otis wildflower (4889) | about 4 months ago | (#46535137)

I'd buy the crap out of this, but IIRC the CGI would have to be redone from scratch with little-to-no access to original digital assets.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 4 months ago | (#46535205)

I'd buy the crap out of this, but IIRC the CGI would have to be redone from scratch with little-to-no access to original digital assets.

And some things do not look better in HD

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

doas777 (1138627) | about 4 months ago | (#46535261)

True. I'm more concerned about the content dying forever as the formats change. All the VCRs I had stockpiled are long dead, and even the DVDs are starting to thin out. As far as I'm concerned, its worth preserving.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 4 months ago | (#46535575)

True. I'm more concerned about the content dying forever as the formats change. All the VCRs I had stockpiled are long dead

You can still buy brand new VCR players. Or get a used one on eBay. I have hundreds of VCR tapes, all recorded over twenty years ago, and not a single one of them has failed to play.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535689)

I wouldn't bother with new consumer VCRs. Cost-reduced as far as possible, probably built in fly-by-night factories, you can feel how flimsy these VCRs are. I'd troll eBay for prosumer Sony units.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#46535953)

And some things do not look better in HD

And yet, people keep talking about 4K porn ... *shudder*

Some things just can't be unseen.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about 4 months ago | (#46535231)

I would totally buy its brains out. I'm warming up my Kickstarter account as we speak.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (5, Informative)

cold fjord (826450) | about 4 months ago | (#46535245)

CGI first introduced to TV in Babylon 5 [geek.com]

The July 1994 issue of Compute! magazine discusses the graphics used in Babylon 5. By today’s standards, it seems primitive, but it was innovative in its time. Each episode of the series used an average of 6,000 frames of computer graphic animation from Foundation Imaging. They used 24 Amiga 2000s, 16 of which were dedicated rendering engines. They had 32 megabytes of RAM, a Fusion-40 accelerator and the Toaster. The Amigas were connected via a Novell network and sent data to a 12 gigabyte 486 PC file server. They later upgraded to Pentium and Alpha-based systems.

The making of Babylon 5 [atarimagazines.com]

Source of Amiga Video Toaster Software Released [slashdot.org]

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (2)

cmturner2 (1614831) | about 4 months ago | (#46535289)

So I don't see what the problem is :)

An opportunity to re-do all the CGI with the latest and greatest tech? Crowdfunded? Perhaps even "Director's Cut" with additional new filming to restore the creative vision as it would have been unhampered by financial or time pressures?

I'd get behind that. Look at it this way - even if crowd funded, it may/would create some jobs in the already tight U.S. FX industry.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (2)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 4 months ago | (#46535383)

with additional new filming to restore the creative vision as it would have been unhampered by financial or time pressures?

So like George Lucas did with Star Wars?

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 4 months ago | (#46535487)

So like George Lucas did with Star Wars?

We might be on safer ground, I don't recall that B5 had any Ewoks or Gungans.

Re: Pleeeeeeeease? (3, Insightful)

peragrin (659227) | about 4 months ago | (#46535867)

Not to mention but JMS can actually write dialog and direct actors without using puppet strings.

I would ask. 20 years later can we get a remake of crusade to finish what was started?

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

JWW (79176) | about 4 months ago | (#46535467)

Hell yeah. I'd get behind that too.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 4 months ago | (#46535707)

They literally mean "from scratch": none of the original computer models exist in any form, as far as I know.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

cmturner2 (1614831) | about 4 months ago | (#46535827)

There have been several fan projects, both standalone and as modifications to existing video games that far surpassed in quality and detail what was available during original filming of the show. Though part of me does appreciate the nostalgia of the original CGI.

http://www.indiedb.com/games/t... [indiedb.com]

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#46535897)

I'd get behind that. Look at it this way - even if crowd funded, it may/would create some jobs in the already tight U.S. FX industry.

Bah, if there's enough interest someone will probably do the entire series as a "Lego B5", they've done it with damned near everything else. :-P

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 4 months ago | (#46535869)

I'd rather WB release standard 4:3 versions without cropping and blowing the CGI like they did. The previews on the DVD look better than the episodes.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

Unknown Lamer (78415) | about 4 months ago | (#46535451)

I'd like to add to this question, since I missed my chance last time and I'm a huge B5 fan (it was on PTEN when I was a kid, and we didn't have cable so it was UHF channels for me... and then I missed season 5 entirely which led to rewatching it a couple of years ago... and hooking plenty of other people since then).

Would it be possible to have the portions that were not composited retransfered in HD, progressive scan video? And maybe the CGI portions upscaled and transferred as full frames at the original frame rate [modeemi.fi] instead of being converted to interlaced/24fps video? Running a version of the filter at the previous link does result in a noticeable quality improvement, and it would be great if officially released versions didn't have to be ripped/filtered to restore the quality.

Availibility in DRM-free formats (Bluray and GNU/Linux aren't really friends, and it sucks having to break the law to watch video you paid for) would be awesome too.

Of course, I hear that the rights situation with the whole PTEN explosion is likely what is preventing any of this from being possible...

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 4 months ago | (#46535801)

Hey Unknown Lamer any word on when we are getting the AMA answers from RMS and Theo Raadt the questions we asked back a month ago and beginning of this month respectively or so ago?

(http://bsd.slashdot.org/story/14/03/05/1525210/interview-ask-theo-de-raadt-what-you-willfrom)
(http://interviews.slashdot.org/story/14/02/26/1359258/interview-ask-richard-stallman-what-you-will)

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 4 months ago | (#46535731)

I'd pay extra if they redo season 1 with talented actors. Animation would be fine.
It's tough having to tell people that Season 1 is tough to watch, but it gets great by season 2.

Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (1)

Ken_g6 (775014) | about 4 months ago | (#46535879)

I'd even pay extra for a DRM-free version.

Wouldnt they have to re-shoot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535915)

IIRC... some of it was filmed in NTSC. Sometimes it changes from pillarbox & back again in the same scene.

Babylon Reboot (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535107)

Have you considered rebooting Babylon 5 with a new cast a la JJ Abrams Star Trek? If not yourself at the helm of such a project, would you ever cede control of those characters to another creative team?

Re:Babylon Reboot (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 4 months ago | (#46535213)

In the reboot - everybody dies.

In the sequel, a parallel universe device is invoked.

Re:Babylon Reboot (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535217)

Please don't give the studio execs any more ideas... lensflare5 coming to a theater near you.

Re:Babylon Reboot (4, Informative)

TechnoGrl (322690) | about 4 months ago | (#46535255)

You don't have to be a Michael Straczynski to know that B5 had a "beginning of the story" and an "end of the story". One of the best decisions that Mr. Straczynski ever made was to allow the story to end (and end grandly I also have to say).

Too many cheap crap-hounds (*cough*couch*abrams*cough*) try to extend a story as long as they are able to squeeze money out of it and are eventually revealed to have no idea what they were doing or where they were going with it. Straczynski told a really great story that ended i a really great way. Live and art have to move on.

Re:Babylon Reboot (1, Interesting)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 4 months ago | (#46535349)

Really? All the "made for TV movies" that were released after the end of the final season? The entire Crusade series? The Legend of the Rangers? The Lost Tales?

It certainly seemed like there was a struggle to actually end the story...

Re:Babylon Reboot (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | about 4 months ago | (#46535441)

I think you're confusing "other stories set in the same universe as the show Babylon 5" with "addendums to the story of the show Babylon 5"

Re:Babylon Reboot (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 4 months ago | (#46535581)

And my answer to that is "Crusade", which is a direct carry on to the story of the original show.

Re:Babylon Reboot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535667)

No, it most certainly was not. Are you confusing the TV movie Babylon 5: A Call to Arms [imdb.com] with the TV series [imdb.com] ?

Re:Babylon Reboot (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 4 months ago | (#46535727)

No, not confusing at all - Crusade was indeed a direct carry on. Allies of the Shadows unleash a plague on humanity in a revenge attack, and the alliance sends a ship to find a cure. How is that not a direct carry on?

What you are talking about is something like Stargate Atlantis - definitely not a carry on from the original series, but set in the same story universe (not physical universe of course :) ). The two had essentially no story cross overs of any real mention, but Crusade was very heavily crossed with the original B5 story.

Crusade was really something like the later Stargate: SG1 seasons, with a largely new cast, new enemies to fight and a new story arc to pursue, but basically a continuation of the same old story.

Re:Babylon Reboot (1)

mrbester (200927) | about 4 months ago | (#46535885)

Apart from General O'Neill, Colonel Carter, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, Bra'tac, Colonel Maybourne and others regularly appearing in it, no. Not to mention Rodney, who came from SG-1 as the brains of the new bunch and when he couldn't hack it got Carter's help on numerous occasions. Also, the events were happening while SG-1 was still doing their stuff.

No, not a carry on series at all...

Maybe you're thinking of SG Universe.

Babylon 5 (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 4 months ago | (#46535115)

Is there any chance of a Babylon 5 movie, or even a series reboot?

Re:Babylon 5 (2, Insightful)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 4 months ago | (#46535357)

Strangely, the last movies he put out, even though he wrote them and seemed to have a lot of control over them, were just bad in every sense of the word.

They watch like they were written and directed by people who did not understand the universe and did not know how to write/direct.

They are so badly written, just a poor budget cannot take the blame. Babylon 5 was amazingly written, but that does not mean that JMS is infallible or capable of doing it again, even with full creative control and an unlimited budget.

Based on the last few movies, I do not have any huge interest in him continuing the B5 universe.

Also, none of the movies were particularly good. The series is, full stop, better than star trek; But the movies were meh at best.

Re:Babylon 5 (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535407)

While reboots in general are often terrible ideas, I've always felt B5 was a prime candidate for one. It came in that awkward stage between 80's tv and modern tv (it was certainly one of the pioneers of longer story arcs) and also pushed the boundaries of CGI (IMO awesome back then but nigh unwatchable now). I don't know if any of you have tried to go back wand watch those 80's shows you thought were so awesome back then - I have, and they're more often than not unwatchable trash compared to what we are used to now (some shows excepted, of course. I won't say which so I don't offend anyone at all). 75% of B5 was incredibly brilliant and holds up perfectly fine today. But that other 25% (much of it packed into the first season) is embarrassingly bad to watch. I've tried more than once to get friends into the show and have them tell me it's terrible (and this is despite them skipping the worst on my recommendation). B5 simply hasn't aged well; I'd love to see it get a modern reboot (no lens flare please).

How could you do it? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535119)

Why did you make a movie and then name it World War Z when it had nothing in common with the source material except for a title?

Re:How could you do it? (1)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | about 4 months ago | (#46535193)

Mod this up, because he beat me to it.

Re:How could you do it? (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | about 4 months ago | (#46535221)

I'd recommend reading these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... [wikipedia.org]
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-... [amazon.com]

And understanding the Hollywood screenwriting and production process a bit better before blaming JMS for that. Plus, if you don't have a credit in the movie, you don't get residuals, and professionals get paid.

Re:How could you do it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535337)

http://entertainment.slashdot.... [slashdot.org]

Beat me by 3 mins! Good for you man. MOD THIS UP!!!!!

Re:How could you do it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535403)

There's no way he's going to talk about the Republican group that made him make the movie less scary and less paranoid, because those people are unstable. It would be dangerous.

Re:How could you do it? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 4 months ago | (#46535519)

I have not followed it closely, but he blames the crappy movie on the edits and changes the publishers insisted upon.

Who? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535121)

Never heard of him. How boring.

Re:Who? (1)

doas777 (1138627) | about 4 months ago | (#46535211)

watch or read some of his stuff. the stories are told quite compellingly.

B5 and season renewal (5, Interesting)

madopal (308394) | about 4 months ago | (#46535131)

What would have been different with the last two seasons of Babylon 5 had you known for sure you had a full 5 seasons?

Re:B5 and season renewal (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535887)

Asked and answered. [midwinter.com]

About that set in Uganda? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535161)

So about that set burning down in Uganda, was it going to be featured in any good movies?

Or was it Kenya?

Re:About that set in Uganda? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 4 months ago | (#46535235)

So about that set burning down in Uganda, was it going to be featured in any good movies?

Or was it Kenya?

It will only feature in a slashdot post.

but it will be an epic post!

Comic book movie (1)

Pharoah_69 (2866937) | about 4 months ago | (#46535169)

How about making a film where the Avengers and Superman team-up in a traditional "comic book"-style movie?

Babylon 5 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535175)

I really liked the B5 universe. I know this is flogging a dead horse,and likely the answer is no, but I also loved the new Battle Galactica. Any chance at all of a B% / BG crosser or mashup? Think Predator and Aliens, but instead done right.
thanks

Babylon 5 (3, Interesting)

Patrick LaFollette (3488015) | about 4 months ago | (#46535179)

Have you ever considered revisiting the Babylon 5 universe? Perhaps in animated form?

Re:Babylon 5 (1)

JWW (79176) | about 4 months ago | (#46535543)

I would add:

Have you ever considered revisiting the Captain Power universe? Perhaps in a full live action form?

Re:Babylon 5 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535945)

Have you ever considered revisiting the Babylon 5 universe? Perhaps in animated form?

I would love to see another attempt at B5: Crusade and at Legend of the Rangers.

Jayce (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 4 months ago | (#46535189)

With all the movies based on old cartoons these days, wouldn't this be a good time for a Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors movie?

actors across series (5, Interesting)

doas777 (1138627) | about 4 months ago | (#46535191)

I've often noticed that if an actor played a speaking character in one scifi series, while looking mostly humanish, any other series they are in they have a pretty concealing costume. For Instance Mr Katsulas played a rather humanish Tomalok on Startrek, whereas his G'Kar had a pretty intense costume.

Is this done intentionally, or just coincidence?

Re:actors across series (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 4 months ago | (#46535495)

Except, of course...
Ben Browder (Farscape / Stargate SG-1)
Claudia Black (Farscape / Stargate SG-1)
Jewel Staite (Firefly / Stargate Atlantis )*
Morena Baccarin (Firefly / Stargate SG-1 )
Summer Glau (FireFly / Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)

* okay, except for that one episode where she played a Wraith.

Probably plenty of other examples, those were the ones I knew off my head (I enjoyed all 3 of those franchises very much), and I'm sure plenty of counterexamples. Makes me think it's probably coincidence.

Re:actors across series (1)

doas777 (1138627) | about 4 months ago | (#46535797)

The farscape/SG crossovers always had the feel of "throwing a dog a bone" after the dog's show was canceled/completed, and I blame that entirely on SyFy. They were unashamedly trying to use the stars existing clout to gain mind-share.

One example I can think of in B5 is Bestor (Walter Koenig aka Chekov), but he stands on his own, as did McGuyver in SG1. Chriton and Erin did not hold up nearly so well in alternate roles. I'm primarily thinking of people who played small, one-time parts (so perhaps Katsulas was not so great an example). Patricia Tallman for instance played many background roles in Startrek, but either did not speak, or was an alien.

Re:actors across series (1)

vux984 (928602) | about 4 months ago | (#46535785)

For Instance Mr Katsulas played a rather humanish Tomalok on Startrek, whereas his G'Kar had a pretty intense costume.

I really doubt the 4 episodes he appeared in star trek in a 5 year period would dictate that he be unrecognizable in B5.

And I guess counter examples could be Bill Mumy, who showed up as a human member of starfleet and Majel Barrett made a pretty recognizable appearance on B5 as well.

Re:actors across series (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 4 months ago | (#46535927)

It's just a coincidence. Consider Walter Koenig. Essentially, the only difference in concealing between Pavel Checkov's Starfleet uniform and Alfred Bester's Psi-corps uniform were the gloves. When Ben Bowder and Claudia Black transitioned from Farscape to Stargate SG-1, their clothing/costume coverage remained unchanged. There are lots of other examples.

Crusade (1)

MrLint (519792) | about 4 months ago | (#46535253)

Will the plot summary for the end of the show be published ever again?

It was up briefly years ago but seems to have fallen into the memory hole.

PsyCore (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535257)

What were you planning on doing with the PsyCore in B5? (and their mothership hanging in hyperspace)

Re: PsyCore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535799)

Bureau 13 was kind of dropped, too.

Re:PsyCore (1)

Jethro (14165) | about 4 months ago | (#46535841)

*Psi Corps.

/nitpick.

World War Z.... WHY....? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535277)

Why did you take all the wonderful content in the book World War Z and flush it down the toliet? I like to think the movie you made was another movie all together but the studio had the rights to the book so they made you use the title. Otherwise you really hacked up some of the best Zombie story lines out there.

Only posting as AC because I don't have a slashdot account, but someone HAS TO ASK THIS QUESTION!!!

Re:World War Z.... WHY....? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | about 4 months ago | (#46535417)

Short answer? Brad Pitt

Graphic Novels (1)

BinaryTB (1556521) | about 4 months ago | (#46535361)

You've written for both, so... DC or Marvel?

The hooks you put in place for a She-ra storyline. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535433)

If there had been another season of She-Ra and you had been able to write what you wanted for it... how would things have gone?

WWZ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535459)

Why was the film version of World War Z so drastically different from the book? They both shared the same title and that was about it.

Re:WWZ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535475)

Oops... Sorry... Just saw someone beat me to this... My bad.

World War Z and story arc (1)

Anonymous Meoward (665631) | about 4 months ago | (#46535477)

Numerous posters are decrying the lack of the original book's content in the final screenplay, so I'll ask a slightly different question.

One of the problems cited with adapting the book was the structure of the narrative, since it was essentially a series of interviews. But movies consisting of interviews and recollections, and their non-linear construction, have been done before. (The most obvious example is "Citizen Kane".) As problems go, this one didn't look insurmountable from here.

So...what am I missing? Is there something else in the book's story arc that posed a problem? Or do Hollywood studios regard the average audience member as just a whole lot dumber these days?

Re:World War Z and story arc (1)

westlake (615356) | about 4 months ago | (#46535753)

movies consisting of interviews and recollections, and their non-linear construction, have been done before.

But how many have succeeded at the box office?

Are you related (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 months ago | (#46535537)

Are you related to the unabomber?

The Real Ghostbusters (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535557)

If you were given the chance to write for another Ghostbusters series, no restrictions and given the free reign to write whatever, what do you think that would look like/what would the viewers expect? I've loved the episodes you've written and it's been a fun trip watching them again now that I'm older.

Social TV (4, Interesting)

hhawk (26580) | about 4 months ago | (#46535583)

For me, you are the father or grandfather of social TV, meaning the way you promoted Bab 5 (before, during and after) the series is more or less the methodology that many TV shows and movies have adapted. You maybe have been using NNTP (Network News) instead of Facebook or Twitter, but for me you are the first.

My question: in that context: What are show producers/runners not doing today with Social Media that they could or should be doing to engage and interact with fans?

Any chance of a sequel to B5 (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 4 months ago | (#46535591)

Showing Jason, captain of the Whitestar?

Reaching Fans (4, Interesting)

hhawk (26580) | about 4 months ago | (#46535601)

When you look back at how you used tools like NNTP to engage with your audience regarding Bab 5, is there anything you would have done differently today?

Fans online (3, Interesting)

hhawk (26580) | about 4 months ago | (#46535643)

I consider your use of online technology for Bab5 to have been both Evolutionary and Revolutionary.

My question: Which if any other shows, writers, producers and show runners did you emulate or follow or get inspired by when you took to the Internet to promote Bab 5.

Lensman movie (3, Interesting)

grylnsmn (460178) | about 4 months ago | (#46535647)

Years ago, you mentioned that you signed on with Ron Howard to write a screenplay for a movie based on E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series. Is that project still in the works?

Rising Stars and Midnight Nation (1)

Dimwit (36756) | about 4 months ago | (#46535661)

Once upon a time there was going to be a Rising Stars miniseries/movie. Any word on that? What about more comics in that franchise?

Also, Midnight Nation...any word on a miniseries or movie of that?

(Also, for any Slashdotters who haven't read Rising Stars and Midnight Nation, both are very much worth reading.)

Forbidden Planet remake/prequel/something (2)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | about 4 months ago | (#46535673)

Here's my question - What's the deal with the Forbidden Planet prequel/sequel/remake/reimagining/whatever your name was linked with some years ago? I've heard all kinds of rumors. One was that you finished a script but it got stolen and posted on the internet and that killed the project, Other rumors have this being a prequel, a sequel, a film set in the same universe and all kinds of things. I love the original film so if there's ever a chance of you being involved in something related, I'd love to know whatever you can tell, even if it's not much.

Recording Bab5 Fandom (1)

hhawk (26580) | about 4 months ago | (#46535681)

A highlight of my early days online was when I asked (and your replied) to a question I had about how the Narn defeated the Shadows the previous war. I'm sure that many people had a similar reaction when you interacted with them. I was elated for days.

Has there or will there be an effort to edit/catalog and compile all of the fan interaction as part of the history of Bab 5? [This seems like a great task to hand over the your fans].

Re:Recording Bab5 Fandom (1)

powerlord (28156) | about 4 months ago | (#46535901)

Okay ... I'll bite. How DID the Narn (an agrarian society at that time) manage to drive the Shadows from their home world?

Deja vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535735)

Didn't Slashdot just do this a few months ago?

Doctor Who (2)

jasper160 (2642717) | about 4 months ago | (#46535743)

Would you ever take on running Doctor Who if it were offered to you?

Babylon 5 Curse (2)

PortHaven (242123) | about 4 months ago | (#46535745)

Michael O'Hare
Jeff Conaway
Andreas Katsulas
Tim Choate
Richard Biggs
Paul Winfield
a number of secondary actors as well.

Putting questions of whether there is an actual curse aside. As the Creator of Babylon 5, how do such lossess influence your present creative works?

Captain Power (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 4 months ago | (#46535747)

I'm surprised no one here has yet mentioned Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future -- a spectacular kids show that had a surprisingly complex plotline considering the goal of the show was mostly to sell toys.

We had only one season, which essentially ended with a cliffhanger (although it was pretty obvious "Pilot" died), but, if there had been the funds to do a second season, any thoughts about where you would have gone with the show?

Babylon 5 Influence (1)

eternaldoctorwho (2563923) | about 4 months ago | (#46535755)

First off, I want to say thank you for your work on Babylon 5! It was one of my favorite TV programs growing up, and it definitely helped influence my getting into the sciences as a profession. I always saw that show as a good example of "hard" science fiction, versus other programs at the time. I never saw rotation-made artificial gravity on Star Trek!

Babylon 5 had some pretty intense story arcs, especially apparent in seasons 3 and 4, so it required a lot of forethought and planning prior to production. What influence has this sort of "arc planning" had on your more recent projects, and in what way do you see the influence of Babylon 5's level of writing on scfi-fi programs in the near future?

Thanks for having an interview with Slashdot!

JMS Battle Solutions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535763)

Silver Surfer vs Superman, no holds barred, who wins?

Blank canvas versus authorial universe (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 4 months ago | (#46535767)

Did you create the B5 universe to be a space for new stories in the future, or was it all built around the specific tale you wanted to tell? The spinoffs seemed to go off on tangents away from that show's characters, organisations, and setting.

Working with Netflix and the Wachowskis? (4, Interesting)

PortHaven (242123) | about 4 months ago | (#46535769)

Sense 8 brings together one of my favorite creators of worlds, with one of my favorite authors, and one of my favorite companies....

What has it been like to work with the Wachowski siblings and Netflix? Has working with Netflix provided a freer avenue for creativity than a traditional television network experience offers?

What ever happened to Mr. Lennier? (3, Interesting)

x0 (32926) | about 4 months ago | (#46535773)

Many on here are no doubt wanting a sequel of some sort. Honestly, I'd like to know where Lennier ended up, and did he ever redeem himself?

m

Vorlon Takeshi's Castle is a three-edged sword (3, Insightful)

hawkinspeter (831501) | about 4 months ago | (#46535805)

How about doing a spin-off from Babylon 5 involving a Vorlon game-show? I'm thinking of something like Takeshi's Castle.

Zathrus and Thor (1)

Etherwalk (681268) | about 4 months ago | (#46535825)

What would the dialog be in a confrontation between Zathrus, Thor, and Loki? If you cannot tell us for legal reasons, what would it be in a meeting between not-Zathrus, not-Thor, and not-Loki, who happen to resemble the characters they are not?

Re:Zathrus and Thor (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535923)

What would the dialog be in a confrontation between Zathrus, Thor, and Loki? If you cannot tell us for legal reasons, what would it be in a meeting between not-Zathrus, not-Thor, and not-Loki, who happen to resemble the characters they are not?

Are you referring to Zathras, Zathras, Zathras, or Zathras? (Not even Zathras listens to Zathras.)

Babylon 5 Behind the Scenes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535829)

Why do you have such seething hatred for fans of your work, as displayed in your petulant screed(s) on this widely-respected B5 fanpage and others of its ilk?

Respectfully,
-Still waiting to hear from your "six-figure lawyers"

Sci Fi as Sci Inspiration? (1)

bigpat (158134) | about 4 months ago | (#46535847)

Do you make an active effort to craft something that will inspire future science and exploration with your storytelling? Or do you approach it as just something implicit in having spaceships and aliens and futurey type things?

No Space on TV currently? (4, Interesting)

PortHaven (242123) | about 4 months ago | (#46535919)

At the moment there is not a single TV show in space? Since the ending of the BSG reboot and Stargate: Universe cancellation, TV has been essentially "spaceless".

Why do you feel that is?

And what do you feel it would take to bring "space" back to television?

How to share ideas? (2)

PortHaven (242123) | about 4 months ago | (#46535929)

"Is there a way fans can submit ideas, in this intellectual property right sue happy system we have?"

Even when a fan is willing to give up all rights to the idea, just for the chance of seeing it maybe happen. It seems that such is prevented by all the legal suits.

How can one go about submitting an idea? When one does quite have the developed skills to write out a script and pitch it to studios.

Would you do me a favor? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46535947)

& kick JJ Abrams in the balls next time you see him?

See how many lens flares you get.

Hour 25 memories? (1)

Gavin Scott (15916) | about 4 months ago | (#46535981)

I first remember hearing you as a recurring guest during the Mike Hodel era of Hour 25 on KPFK in LA.

Any great memories of those days that you'd care to share?

G.

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