Hello everyone since I'm a fan of Stargate as well as Babylon 5 I thought I would pass on this infomation about the up coming B5 movie. I'm not best with words I will let this post by AmyGuskin expain what is happening and what you can do to help. Thank you for you time.
"Dear fellow fans of Babylon 5,
A rumor has come up, verified by some B5 fans with industry contacts (myself included), that Warner Bros. is seriously considering recasting the original roles for the upcoming Babylon 5 film, "The Memory of Shadows." This is, of course, a DISASTER for any true fan of the series. Apparently, what the studio has done is put out casting sheets for the major characters, on the premise that no one will care enough to raise a fuss about it, and then they can go ahead and cast whomever they want!
If you want to read more about this, there is a very good thread at the jmsnews.com forums, and also information at the b5tv.com forums, and on the moderated Babylon 5 Usenet newsgroup (rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated).
I'm sure Warner Bros. believes that tv actors don't have big enough names to carry a film. Or maybe they want young, pretty, unskilled actors in the roles because they think they're easier on the eyes. But I hasten to remind them that if we were to follow the model of Star Trek, using the tv cast in the first feature film - and all subsequent ones - didn't seem to hurt the franchise at all! And, I also want to point out that Viggo Mortensen wasn't anything like a "name" before the first Lord of the Rings film.
I believe I speak for all of us when I say that, to a one, we do NOT want
recasts in the roles of our beloved characters.
I'm usually the first one to turn a jaundiced eye when someone suggests a
writing campaign. But I have heard the call, and I believe that NOW is the
time. The film hasn't even been officially announced yet, so casting is
certainly not yet set - NOW we need to make as much noise as possible, to
show Warner Bros. that this is something that will not go over well at ALL with the fans. And if you think that those who are already fans are not a statistically significant percentage of the audience for this project, I remind you that the main reason we are getting a movie at all is the astonishing DVD sales figures. Sales figures that were so astonishing courtesy of you and I, and every other fan who scraped together hard-earned money to buy each box set the moment it became available.
The address for Warner Bros. is:
Warner Bros. Films
Babylon 5: The Memory of Shadows
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Also, there is a message board on the "official" Babylon 5 site owned by Warner Bros. Please visit the message board, register, log in, and POST! I think that besides directly writing letters to the studio, this is the best place for Warner Bros. to be made aware of our displeasure. You can register here:
This rumor has been independently verified by several people who work in the entertainment industry, and who are long-time posters on the various Babylon 5 message boards and newsgroups - in other words, trusted sources! The information was leaked by the studio for a reason: they want to see if the idea of recasting the television roles gets a strong negative reaction. So, please, if you want to see the B5 film we have ALL been waiting for, and you DON'T want to see strange faces playing G'Kar, Sheridan, Delenn, Londo, etc., please, please, PLEASE take the time to send Warner Bros. a letter about this, and post on all the message boards and newsgroups you can.
MAKE NOISE. Now is the time. If we don't make noise and we get a film full of young, pretty faces who AREN'T Mira, Andreas, Bruce, Peter, Peter, etc.,
we'll be kicking ourselves for a loooong time. At least if we do make the
effort, we'll know we did all we could.
Thanks in advance for your efforts. Faith manages.