Television’s reconstruction of every series of the ’80s and ’90s has finally reached its sci-fi phase: we’re getting a Babylon 5 reboot.
According to Deadline, series creator J. Michael Straczynski is working with Warner Bros. Television on what’s being called a “from-the-ground-up reboot” of his cult space opera. Fans will be pleased to know that it’s in development for the CW, so it should retain the original’s aesthetic of looking cheap on a crummy network.
Babylon 5 originally aired from 1993 to 1998, spending all but its final season on the defunct, long-forgotten PTEN. It focused on its titular space station, dealing with all the social and political issues of humans and various aliens. It’s praised and remembered now as an early adopter and innovator of the sort of multi-season and full series story arcs now common in prestige drama.
But, honestly, it’s mainly remembered for having that Napoleon-as-ringmaster-looking guy with the hair. It’s gonna be hard to top that guy.