Doyle was running around trying to put together some kind of financing and distribution deal (something like a syndication deal) based on basically reviving B5
or doing a Garibaldi spin-off, which he could then take as a package to Warner Bros. It was purely a freelance venture, not something that originated with the studio or with a network that was itself interested in more B5
. Nothing wrong with that. If he got lucky he could have taken something to the studio and maybe a deal would have resulted - which might give him the lead in a series. Can't blame a guy for trying. The only problem - which was also the case with Richard Hatch and Battlestar Galactica
- was that Doyle didn't own the property
so he really had nothing to sell except his own participation in the proposed series and whatever "star power" he has. He was basically trying to be a middle-man - selling something he didn't own to someone the owner wasn't trying to sell something to.
JMS has been very clear in stating that as far as he's concerned B5
was a five year arc and that it is now finished. He never wanted to do a season 6 (which he was offered) and made that clear to anyone he spoke to all through the five years.
A couple of months ago he said that he was in the talking stage about two
universe" projects, neither
of which is a series, much less a continuation of the original series. Now one of those has moved to the money and writing stage. (While the other is still in play, as far as I know.) This does not sound at all like what Doyle was talking about.
It sounds to me like the studio, impressed with the sales of the DVD, started seriously thinking about doing something with this property for the first time since the Crusade
debacle, and is either moving on a project that it will control 100% or once again seeking some kind of distribution partner (cable or TV network, PC game company, who knows?) And that they have approached JMS to provide a script, an outline, pitch material or something related to all of this.
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