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Michael Straczynski (JMS)en-usRe: Attn JMS: (And semi-OT) &quot;Forbidden Planet&quot; Blu RayFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Sep 11, 5:05=A0pm, Joseph DeMartino &lt;jdema...@bellsouth.net&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; On Tuesday Sep 7 &quot;Forbidden Planet&quot; was released on Blu Ray. =A0I have</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; to assume you got a copy as son as it was out, if not before, and am</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; wondering what you thought of it (assuming you&#39;ve had time to watch</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; it.) =A0I pre-ordered this back in May, and had actually forgotten that</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; it was coming out this week - so I didn&#39;t get to watch it until</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Wednesday night, having taken Tuesday off for car and dental</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; maintenance. =A0(I have all deliveries sent to my office because my cats</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; refuse to sign for packages. =A0They say they lack opposable thumbs, but</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I think this is just an excuse.)</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Anyway, I was blown away by the presentation, and urge any SF fan with</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; a Blu Ray player to pick up this disc. =A0My 56&quot; TV is a few years old</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; and a &quot;mere&quot; 720p and my sound system is 5.1 not 7.1. =A0(But it does</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; decode the lossless digital audio formats.) =A0So I&#39;m not even seeing or</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; hearing the film at its absolute best - but I can compare the BD to</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; the laserdisc and the two DVD releases, and in my humble opinion none</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; of them come close. =A0(In fact, I thought the laserdisc looked better</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; than the first DVD, despite the lower resolution, because the color</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; fidelity was better.)</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; The BD was a revelation, almost like seeing the film for the first</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; time. =A0(OK, way *better* than the fist time. =A0The first time I *did*</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; see it all the way through and uncut, was in the pre-cable TV, pre-VCR</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; days, and I had to stay up until 3 AM to do it on a local PBS station</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; and a 19&quot; TV.) =A0The visible detail in most of the scenes is amazing.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; The extras are also very good, with three documentaries: =A0&quot;Watch the</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Skies&quot; about 50s SF in general featuring Lucas, Speilberg, Cameron and</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; numerous others. =A0(Sadly not JMS &lt;g&gt;), one on the legacy of the film</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; and a third focusing on Robby the Robot. =A0The producers also included</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; an episode from the 50s &quot;Thin Man&quot; TV series where Robby guest-</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; starred, plus the entire feature film &quot;The Invisible Boy&quot;, a sort of</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; sideways &quot;sequel&quot; to &quot;FP&quot;. =A0(I think the Robby doc is new. =A0The other</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; items are all carried over from the 2-disc 50th Anniversary DVD. =A0The</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; only things included on the earlier release that are *not* inclulded</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; on Blu Ray are a handful of trailers for other 50s SF titles released</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; on DVD by Warner Bros. - presumably because they haven&#39;t been released</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; on BD yet.)</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Anyway, I was knocked out and was curious to hear what another &quot;FP&quot;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; fanatic thought of the disc. =A0Also if there is anything you can tell</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; us about the current state of the possible remake. =A0IIRC the last I</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; saw here was sometime in January and you had turned in another</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; draft.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Hope things are going well with you,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Joe</FONT><BR><BR>Looked at it just the other day, and enjoyed it as much as ever.<BR><BR>This is essentially the same disk that came out under HD-DVD a few<BR>years ago before it lost the race to Blu Ray. I had that version, and<BR>while there&#39;s a slight difference between the HD and BluRay editions,<BR>it&#39;s pretty close.<BR><BR>To the current disposition of FP...since Cameron had to withdraw to<BR>focus all his efforts on Avatar 2, WB has started the process of<BR>looking for a new director. The hard part is finding someone with<BR>enough hard-core EFX background AND a real knack for characterization,<BR>both of which are required to make the script work. They want to get<BR>it made, it&#39;s a big tent pole movie for them, but it&#39;s a matter of<BR>finding the right person to make it.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3585Saturday, September 11, 2010 7:19 PM3585Re: JMS: What&#39;s new and exciting?From: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On May 5, 10:58=A0am, Jan &lt;janmschroe...@aol.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; JMS,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Don&#39;t know if you hang out around here much lately but I was wondering wh=</FONT><BR>at kind<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; of news or updates you might have to share?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; How&#39;s work on Wonder Woman and Superman going? =A0Any news about Samarita=</FONT><BR>n X and<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; your other two creator-owned comics?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; How&#39;s pre-production on &quot;The Flickering Light&quot; proceeding?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Any movement on the TV series front?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; You know...what&#39;s keeping you busy these days?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Thanks,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Jan</FONT><BR><BR>I&#39;ve been pretty much off the grid for some time, trying to stay ahead<BR>of the deadlines, with mixed results. I&#39;ve just had to really keep my<BR>head down, responding to only necessary emails, and generally just<BR>staying focused.<BR><BR>In brief....<BR><BR>I&#39;ve turned in the first couple of scripts on Superman and Wonder<BR>Woman, and I&#39;m very happy with how they&#39;ve come out. The art looks<BR>great, and I think these are going to be very good books. I&#39;ve<BR>started Samaritan X, but there&#39;s plenty of time on that one, so I&#39;m<BR>putting the emphasis now onto the other books.<BR><BR>The next draft of Lensman went in a couple of weeks ago, and I&#39;m hip<BR>deep on Shattered Union for Bruckheimer. There are a couple of other<BR>feature deals on the table but I don&#39;t want to say anything until and<BR>unless they reach fruition. I was offered a couple of production<BR>rewrites on films about to go to camera, but had to decline due to<BR>prior commitments. I need to honor what&#39;s on my plate before reaching<BR>for anything else.<BR><BR>TV development season starts in June, and I&#39;m warming up several<BR>possible projects to take out. Preliminary talks have indicated that<BR>they&#39;d be very welcome, so I suspect I&#39;ll be able to pick up at least<BR>one or two deals. In the past, I&#39;ve kind of gone into the netwoks<BR>from a mid-level-up position, but now I&#39;m in a place to go in top-<BR>down, so that&#39;ll be a help in terms of actually getting these things<BR>produced. It&#39;s nice to have a pilot script commissioned, but I&#39;m far<BR>more interested in getting the damned things made, and I&#39;m now in a<BR>better place to do that.<BR><BR>The progress on Flickering Light waits now on getting actors<BR>involved. We&#39;ve gotten a good chunk of preliminary financing, but to<BR>get the rest of the way we need some name performers. We&#39;re getting<BR>very close to two such actors, but I&#39;ll know more about that in a week<BR>or three. At the moment, should all go according to plan (which never<BR>happens), the goal would be to prep in January/February and shoot in<BR>March/April in Berlin. So far, everybody seems okay with the idea of<BR>me directing the thing.<BR><BR>Other than that, it&#39;s just trying to stay ahead of the train. I&#39;d<BR>initially planned on not going to San Diego Comic Con this July so I<BR>could focus on the work, but there&#39;s so much going on in that field<BR>for me right now, plus some announcements that&#39;ll be made there, that<BR>I really have to be there. And I&#39;ll be in Santa Ana on May 22nd<BR>talking about writing at the convocation organized by the Orange<BR>County Screenwriters group. (Attendence is free, in case any folks<BR>want to wander in to hear me blather.)<BR><BR>Since there are always some folks who seem inordinately interested in<BR>my tech...I gave the boot to my latest Dell desktop system (though<BR>their Adamo laptop is okay, the last two desktops I purchased from<BR>them sucked hugely), and have replaced it with a fully-tricked-out<BR>Raptor from Velocity Micro. It&#39;s one of those systems that, when you<BR>first plug it in, causes the house to levitate three inches above the<BR>ground....<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3586Friday, May 7, 2010 12:11 AM3586Re: JMS: &#39;Tis the Season...From: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>Have been up to my ears with work, and got slammed again by the<BR>freaking flu. So I&#39;ve been way out of contact with everyone on<BR>everything.<BR><BR>On Dec 13 2009, 3:21=A0am, Jan &lt;janmschroe...@aol.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; ..for a year-end wrap-up on all that&#39;s moving and shaking in the various</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Straczynski-verses including (but not limited to):</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Superman: Earth One and your plans. =A0It&#39;s scheduled for 2 GNs per year?</FONT><BR><BR>At this point, I believe that&#39;s the plan. The script for the first<BR>128 page GN is done and in, most of the art is done, and a bunch of<BR>the pages have been colored. So we&#39;re well ahead of the game. (They<BR>need a full year to properly promote the book and get it out there.)<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Brave &amp; the Bold (loved #29 with the Geek)</FONT><BR><BR>Atom/Joker comes out in a week or two, then it&#39;s Aquaman/Demon, then a<BR>combo of Batgirl/Wonder Woman/Zatanna, then a kind of experimental<BR>situation with two issues on a parallel track, telling different but<BR>related stories with different teams (first: Legion of Super-Heroes<BR>and the Doom Patrol, followed by the League of Substitute Heroes and<BR>the Inferior Five).<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Shattered Union</FONT><BR><BR>Working on it now.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; The Flickering Light</FONT><BR><BR>May have something interesting to say about this in March or April.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Forbidden Planet</FONT><BR><BR>Next draft turned in, waiting for responses.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Lensman</FONT><BR><BR>Working on it now.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; They Marched into Sunlight</FONT><BR><BR>On hold pending a new director. Also the political climate has<BR>changed a bit, so it&#39;s not as timely as it was.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; TV Series Pilot for FOX (Any chance of a working title?)</FONT><BR><BR>Final draft of the script went in to the network last week, so we&#39;ll<BR>know something soon. I&#39;ve heard we&#39;re in pretty good shape for a<BR>pilot pickup, but I&#39;ve heard that before.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; ..and any other projects I&#39;ve missed.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; And for &#39;old&#39; business, has Ninja Assassin performed satisfactorily as it=</FONT><BR>&#39;s been<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; opening up around the world?</FONT><BR><BR>Warners is more than satisfied with the results.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I read recently that the last scripts for The Twelve will be handed in sh=</FONT><BR>ortly.<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; What can we look forward to there?</FONT><BR><BR>Finishing them up right now.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; ..and any new projects that you&#39;d care to tell or tease about. New names =</FONT><BR>that<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; you&#39;ve added to your speed-dial recently, for instance?</FONT><BR><BR>I&#39;m finishing writing Midnight Nation as a movie which one of the<BR>biggest producers in town wants me to also direct. There may also be<BR>some movement soon on Dream Police and a new SF film trilogy I&#39;ve put<BR>together for film. And I&#39;ve gotten a fair amount of work done on my<BR>autobio. I figure it&#39;s time.<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Super congratulations not just on getting a Superman title that will let =</FONT><BR>you<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; take a fresh look at the character, but one in a format that doesn&#39;t limi=</FONT><BR>t you<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; to 22-page chunks.</FONT><BR><BR>To the convention question raised at the end of this thread...I&#39;m<BR>seriously thinking of taking a rest from cons this year. I need to<BR>focus on the work, and it seems like every time I do one lately, I end<BR>up with the Martian Death Flu. Random House may do a book tour in<BR>association with the Superman GN, but I haven&#39;t heard the final word<BR>on that yet.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3587Monday, January 4, 2010 6:38 PM3587Re: JMS: Ninja Assassin at film festivalsFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Nov 12, 4:14=A0pm, Dan Dassow &lt;dan_das...@yahoo.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; On Nov 12, 5:51=A0pm, &quot;jmsa...@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsa...@aol.com&gt; wrote:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; Some more:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; Cleveland:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;http://cleveland.metromix.com/movies/reader_review_application/ninja-...</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; St. Louis:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;http://www.reviewstl.com/enter-to-win-free-passes-to-ninja-assassin-a...</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; Toronto:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;http://www.nowtoronto.com/cgi-bin/EH/EventHandler.cgi?Actn=3DEntry_Form.=</FONT><BR>...<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Joe,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Does that mean that the residents of Cleveland, St. Louis and Toronto</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; have a better chance of seeing you in person in their fair cities than</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; a snowball surviving on the surface of the sun? ;-) Will there be an</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; autograph line?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Dan Dassow</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Hopeful resident of St. Charles, Missouri</FONT><BR><BR>Negative, I&#39;m in deadline-land, finishing off the current draft of<BR>Forbidden Planet and the Fox pilot. If I even try to leave the house,<BR>the sniper on the roof will take me out.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3588Thursday, November 12, 2009 5:30 PM3588Re: JMS: Ninja Assassin at film festivalsFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>Some more:<BR><BR>Cleveland:<BR><BR>http://cleveland.metromix.com/movies/reader_review_application/ninja-assassin/1600121/content<BR><BR>St. Louis:<BR><BR>http://www.reviewstl.com/enter-to-win-free-passes-to-ninja-assassin-at-the-st-louis-advance-screening-11-12-09/<BR><BR>Toronto:<BR><BR>http://www.nowtoronto.com/cgi-bin/EH/EventHandler.cgi?Actn=Entry_Form&amp;Fnm=event433&amp;User_ID=contestshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3589Thursday, November 12, 2009 3:51 PM3589Re: JMS: Ninja Assassin at film festivalsFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>And there&#39;s a ticket giveaway for tickets to Ninja in KC.<BR><BR>Which is also not the same at all as DC.<BR><BR>http://www.scene-stealers.com/giveaways/win-passes-to-ninja-assassin-in-kc/<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3590Thursday, November 12, 2009 3:36 PM3590Re: JMS: Ninja Assassin at film festivalsFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Nov 10, 8:01=A0pm, Jan &lt;janmschroe...@aol.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; In article &lt;0001HW.C71F95AF0035A792B01AD...@news.eternal-september.org&gt;, =</FONT><BR>Amy<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Guskin says...</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt; On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:55:51 -0500, Jan wrote</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;(in article &lt;hdd93n02...@drn.newsguy.com&gt;):</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt; In article</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&lt;4128d034-8026-4c90-8c37-a335c0b3f...@m7g2000prd.googlegroups.com&gt;,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt; jmsa...@aol.com says...</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt; Found out today that there&#39;s a =A0chance to win free tickets to a</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt; preview screening of Ninja Assassin on the 19th in Washington State.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt; Info at:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt;http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=3D38080</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt;&gt; jms</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;&gt; Minor correction: =A0It&#39;s in Washington, DC &lt;&lt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;Minor?! =A0That&#39;s 3,000 miles worth of correction!</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt;Amy</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Well...yeah. But it&#39;s only 3 letters different. =A0I was just hoping JMS =</FONT><BR>hadn&#39;t<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; agreed to attend only to find out he&#39;d be flying across the country.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><BR>My bad...and no, at this point I won&#39;t be there, too much to do here.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3591Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:39 PM3591Re: JMS: Ninja Assassin at film festivalsFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>Found out today that there&#39;s a chance to win free tickets to a<BR>preview screening of Ninja Assassin on the 19th in Washington State.<BR>Info at:<BR><BR>http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=38080<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3592Tuesday, November 10, 2009 5:42 PM3592Re: JMS: Silver Surfer back in development?From: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Oct 23, 12:51=A0pm, Jan &lt;janmschroe...@aol.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; JMS:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I noticed a few weeks ago that IMDB had changed Silver Surfer&#39;s status fr=</FONT><BR>om<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; &#39;Unknown&#39; to being back in development:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Project Notes</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; All dates refer to when the comment was entered</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; 18 June 2007 Optioned Property</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; 30 June 2007 Script</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; 1 July 2008 Development Unknown</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; 8 October 2009 Script</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; In active development at Fox. =A0</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; And this morning there this article was linked to on another forum:http:/=</FONT><BR>/www.examiner.com/x-18039-Capital-District-Movies-Examiner~y200...<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; ..so I wondered if you&#39;ve heard anything new that you can share?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><BR>Nope. My guess is that since my draft was closely tied into FF2,<BR>which is ancient now, they&#39;ve struck off in a different direction.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3593Saturday, October 24, 2009 9:03 PM3593Re: Seen on Live Journal - fan produced films?From: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Oct 16, 4:00=A0pm, voxwoman &lt;voxwo...@gmail.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I am currently trying to track down the original source for this - the</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; poster on LiveJournal claims this is on one of the B5 Facebook pages.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; The things that concern me are (a) NOT JMS-written and (b) fan</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; fiction.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; &quot;Latest Update: Ok B5&#39;rs...its confirmed, that there are a few new</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; B5&#39;s shows being produced...but NOT by Strazynski. Instead they are</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; high end professionally mastered FanFict shorts. I&#39;ve spoken to a few</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; of the producers and they are t...hinking about releasing them via the</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Vuze HD network in hopes to rekindle a new full length series to take</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; place after 2262 and will take place during the Drakh wars and</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; telepath wars.&quot;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; the link to the post is this:http://community.livejournal.com/babylon5/48=</FONT><BR>4829.html?view=3D4734941&amp;st...<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; -Wendy</FONT><BR><BR>Totally and unequivocally untrue.<BR><BR>First, WB does not have anything going with B5 at the moment, and<BR>would not DO anything with B5 without my direct involvement.<BR>(Interestingly enough, I had a meeting just a few days ago with the<BR>HEAD of WB Television, and they confirmed that there&#39;s nothing in the<BR>pipeline, in or out of the studio, and won&#39;t be until and unless I<BR>authorize it. They&#39;re being very nice these days, for a variety of<BR>reasons that I&#39;ll address at some point in the future.)<BR><BR>Second, bear in mind that the same guy who&#39;s putting this out there is<BR>also saying that the episode title of each B5 installment has the<BR>title said out loud at some point during that episode. Also totally<BR>untrue.<BR><BR>Third, WB is fiercely protective of its copyrights. I&#39;ve gotten them<BR>to go easy on fan sites in general, and they&#39;ve generally looked the<BR>other way on parodies, but if anybody started producing any sort of<BR>high-visibility films, the studio would be on them with restraining<BR>orders almost instantly.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3594Friday, October 16, 2009 11:19 PM3594Re: JMS: Ninja Assassin at film festivalsFrom: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Sep 30, 7:13=A0pm, Jan &lt;janmschroe...@aol.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; JMS,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I notice on IMDB that &quot;Ninja Assassin&quot; is getting some exposure in the ne=</FONT><BR>xt<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; couple of weeks at Fantastic Fest and Vancouver International Film Festiv=</FONT><BR>al.<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Will you be going to any of those? =A0What do you think of the few review=</FONT><BR>s that<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; have come out so far?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; And is it cool seeing your name on the big screen?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Thanks,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Jan</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><BR>No plans for any of the festivals at the moment, I&#39;m too buried under<BR>work. And it&#39;s cool any time I see my name anywhere, and it&#39;s spelled<BR>right....<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3595Friday, October 2, 2009 11:24 PM3595Re: Attn JMS: OT - &quot;Changeling&quot;, &quot;Criminal Minds&quot; and your From: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>Sadly, the methods used in Changeling are not uncommon...tactics like<BR>this have been used by others in varying combinations. (As a kid in<BR>Paterson, maybe ten, I&#39;d gotten lost coming home from school, was<BR>walking around crying, and a car with two guys and a woman said that<BR>my dad had sent them to get me. The woman was trying to reassure me<BR>that it was okay to get in the car. I didn&#39;t. And no, my folks had<BR>never sent them.)<BR><BR>As for the script excerpt, I&#39;d mentioned elsewhere in various<BR>interviews that I&#39;d heard of the Collins case a number of years<BR>earlier, and had tried on several occasions to write the script but<BR>had never gotten past the first section and a rough outline for the<BR>rest. I just didn&#39;t have the skill set to write it properly until<BR>years later, when I tried one last time.<BR><BR>I still want to do the novelization, but there&#39;s been so much film<BR>work that it&#39;s been hard to peel away the time.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3596Friday, October 2, 2009 11:23 PM3596some news from jmsFrom: &quot;jmsatb5@aol.com&quot; &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>Two quick items....<BR><BR>Tomorrow my first issue of The Brave and the Bold appears from DC. I<BR>haven&#39;t said too much about this book because a) I wanted to make sure<BR>there was a good sized backlog so it&#39;d stay on schedule and b) until<BR>it was closer to the debut. What&#39;s cool about this series -- which is<BR>in answer to folks who asked, of all the books I could&#39;ve done at DC,<BR>why TB&amp;B, which isn&#39;t normally in the top sellers -- is that it lets<BR>me put together characters from anywhere I want in the DC universe<BR>into stories that have a complex moral center to them.<BR><BR>Each of the issues are stand-alones, and have some of the best stuff<BR>I&#39;ve done in comics lately. The first issue features Batman and Dial<BR>H for HERO in a story about self-sacrifice; the second features the<BR>(Barry Allen) Flash and the Blackhawks in a tale that asks &quot;when, if<BR>ever, is it right to kill?&quot;; the third is (believe it or not) with<BR>Batman and Brother Power the Geek (I&#39;m not going to say much more<BR>about it than that, except that it&#39;s my favorite of the first bunch);<BR>and the one after that features Green Lantern and Dr. Fate in a story<BR>that pits life and death against the question of free will vs.<BR>determinism (not something you generally see in a comic).<BR><BR>So I&#39;d love it if folks could spread the word to swing by their comics<BR>shops tomorrow and pick up an issue. If you liked the kinds of moral<BR>and ethical stories we did in B5, I think you&#39;ll like what we&#39;re doing<BR>with B&amp;B.<BR><BR>That said...a bit of news. In addition to the feature work, I now<BR>have a mainstream prime-time drama series in development with one of<BR>the Big Four broadcast networks. Not cable, not syndication, one of<BR>the Big Four. (I can&#39;t say which yet, pending an announcement.) The<BR>pilot script will be turned in by year&#39;s end, and after that they&#39;ll<BR>decide if they want to shoot it. As noted, it&#39;s primarily mainstream<BR>with a touch of genre to it, and it should be a lot of fun.<BR><BR>As for those who&#39;ve asked when we might see the Crusade script<BR>books...keep watching the skies...there&#39;s something moving up there.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3597Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6:56 PM3597Re: ATTN JMS: Original casting questionFrom: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Sep 1, 4:44=A0pm, vakie &lt;vaki...@gmail.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; On Sep 2, 00:43, John W Kennedy &lt;john.w.kenn...@gmail.com&gt; wrote:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; Now I&#39;m confused. I could have sworn that I saw somewhere that there</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; was a first Na&#39;Toth who worked a single day and freaked out over the</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; makeup, whose footage was consequently never aired at all. The story</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; is in Wikipedia (s.v. &quot;Na&#39;Toth&quot;), with the name Susan Kellerman</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; attached, but that&#39;s not where I first saw it.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I remember reading or hearing that somewhere as well.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; vakie</FONT><BR><BR>Yeah...I think that might be right, though I don&#39;t recall if that was<BR>a first day of work or makeup tests. Boy, the brain goes fast....<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3598Tuesday, September 1, 2009 11:08 PM3598Re: ATTN JMS: Original casting questionFrom: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Sep 1, 5:36=A0am, Joseph DeMartino &lt;jdema...@bellsouth.net&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Just idle curiosity: =A0In reading the Julie Caitlin Brown bio posted onw=</FONT><BR>ww.hollywoodshow.comin conjuction with their upcoming autograph<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; show, I came across the following:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; &quot;Following the departure of Mary Woronov from the series and the last-</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; minute loss of originally cast Susan Kellerman, Babylon 5&#39;s casting</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; director called her and unexpectedly offered her the role of Na&#39;Toth</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; on the first season of the science-fiction series.&quot;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; This is the first time I&#39;ve ever seen it even *suggested* that anyone</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; had actually been cast to play an aide to G&#39;Kar other than Woronov,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Brown and Mary Kay Adams. =A0So I&#39;m skeptical, to say the least.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Are they completely nuts or could this be some lost bit of trivia from</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; the earliest days of the show? =A0Maybe Kellerman was one of the actors</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; who *auditioned* for the role, and the story became mangled somewhere</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; along the line? =A0(The bios on the site seem to be a mix of stuff from</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; the IMDB, official websites and who-knows-where, so I have no idea</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; where this particular tidbit comes from.) =A0I&#39;m just intrigued by the</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; idea that something ostensibly &quot;new&quot; like this might have surfaced</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; after all these years.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Regards,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Joe</FONT><BR><BR>I vaguely recall that she auditioned, and I think she was among our<BR>finalists, but I don&#39;t believe we ever crossed the contract threshold.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3599Tuesday, September 1, 2009 2:28 PM3599Re: JMS at FanExpo Aug 29-30From: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Aug 25, 1:37=A0pm, Tippi &lt;aa...@torfree.net&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; On Aug 25, 2:21=A0pm, Jan &lt;janmschroe...@aol.com&gt; wrote:</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; &gt;I looked at the SciFi schedule and found him listed as a special guest</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; &gt;but no time or room. Then I looked at the Comic schedule and found the</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; &gt;info there. Wonder if they&#39;ll do other panels with him in the SciFi</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; &gt;section? (same venue but different parts)</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; I took a very quick look at the other schedules and didn&#39;t see anything=</FONT><BR>..<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#0033ff">&gt; &gt; JMS? =A0Anything else you&#39;ll be appearing at this weekend?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; I emailed the organizers and they said just the Comic appearances.</FONT><BR><BR>At this point I may jump in on the DC panel on Saturday, but it looks<BR>like that may be the only other addition. They wanted to do the<BR>writing panel but it looks like they ran out of room(s).<BR><BR>Came very close to cancelling, but I&#39;m pretty sure I&#39;m up for<BR>traveling now. This cough just never ends, though.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3600Tuesday, August 25, 2009 5:07 PM3600Re: Attn. JMS: Re. The Del Rey B5 trilogies, Galen in &quot;TheFrom: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR>On Aug 13, 6:51=A0pm, &quot;Mac Breck&quot; &lt;macthevor...@yahoo.com&gt; wrote:<BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; JMS,</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; In &quot;The Passing of the Techno-Mages&quot; (especially towards the end of Book</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; #3) Galen _appears_ _to_ _be_ more accomplished and more powerful than</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; he is in &quot;Crusade.&quot; =A0Did Jeanne Cavelos overstep what you intended as</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Galen&#39;s and the other Techno-Mages&#39; capabilities?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Did you have oversight of the writing of the three Del Rey B5 trilogies</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; as they were being written, and did you guide the authors when you</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; thought they might be going beyond what you wanted, in the interest of</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; the books remaining canon to the B5 universe?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Did you ever read the finished Del Rey B5 trilogies?</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; If I had to guess, I&#39;d say that there is no real, significant</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; inconsistency between Galen in &quot;The Passing of the Techno-Mages&quot; and</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; Galen in &quot;Crusade&quot; , and that appearances can be deceiving. =A0;-)</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; p.s. =A0I really hate the hyphenated spelling (Techno-Mage) and think it</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; looks much better (less clunky) as Technomage.</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt;</FONT><BR><BR>Will get to this when I can.<BR><BR>&quot;No rush.&quot;<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3601Friday, August 14, 2009 12:48 AM3601Re: Are the B5 CGI files gone forever ?From: joseph straczynski &lt;jmsatb5@aol.com&gt;<BR>To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated<BR><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; BTW, one question to which I would like a definitive answer. With composite live</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; action/CGI shots, the only output which remained extant was the final 4:3 video</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; copy - I believe that&#39;s correct, that was the problem with the DVDs. Has there</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; ever been a definitive answer as to whether or not 35MM film stock containing</FONT><BR><FONT color="#800000">&gt; the live action parts of those composite sequences still exists?</FONT><BR><BR>Insofar as I know, yes, it would exist somewhere. Assuming the rats<BR>haven&#39;t gotten to it.<BR><BR>jmshttp://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-3602Monday, August 10, 2009 3:13 PM3602