Sci-Fi V

Kevin

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Everybody's favorite 1980's space lizards are coming back!

Variety magazine is reporting that V, the mini-series about lizard-like aliens that invade Earth in search of food & water, will be remade for ABC.

"V," the 1980s miniseries about alien lizards visiting Earth, will invade primetime once again.

ABC is developing a new adaptation of the franchise — which spawned a second mini and TV spinoff — written by "The 4400" co-creator/exec producer Scott Peters.

Warner Bros. TV, which was behind the original long form, is once again producing the project, which was sold as a spec script to the Alphabet net.

Peters is set to exec produce, along with HD Films principal Jace Hall.

Hall, the former head of Warner Bros.’ video game division who has worked on titles including "F.E.A.R.," will help expand "V" into other platforms, including gaming.

Peters, who earned two Emmy noms for "The 4400," said he wasn’t looking to do another sci-fi piece. But when Warner Bros. TV approached him about reinventing "V," the producer said he couldn’t resist.

"Whenever I mention ‘V’ to anybody, they still have a lot of good memories about the original movie and series," Peters said. "Everybody has that imagery of their uniforms, or the visitor eating a hamster. It’s a science fiction icon and too good to pass up."

The original "V" served as an allegory for the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. Peters said he won’t duplicate that concept, except that the new "V" will still focus on what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders.

In this case, the new "V" will center on Erica Evans, a Homeland Security agent with an aimless son who’s got problems. When the aliens arrive, her son gloms on to them — causing tension within the family. As in the original "V," several story lines will unfold simultaneously.

But even without the same storyline, the original "V’s" bones will remain: As in the ’80s version, the show will open with an enormous army of spaceships hovering over the world’s major cities. The visitors say they’ve come to help Earth, but their motives are nefarious (in the original, they wanted to steal the world’s water supply).

Peters first pitched "V" to networks but failed to spark interest; Warner Bros. TV sent the scribe back to write "V" on spec — and ABC bought it.

The original "V" scored a tremendous 40 share for its closing episode in 1983. That success spawned a sequel and a weekly series, which aired in the 1984-85 season.

Original "V" writer-producer-director Kenneth Johnson recently attempted to revive "V" as "V: The Second Generation" but is not involved in the Peters version.

As for Peters, scribe has been spending more time behind the lens, helming multiple episodes of "The 4400," as well as "Jericho," "Burn Notice" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." He’s also directing the new CBS pilot "Harper’s Island."

Peters also developed the pilot "Found" for ABC last year. He began his career as a writer-producer on "The Outer Limits."
(Via Variety)
 

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"V" Creator None Too Pleased About ABC Reboot [V]

"V" Creator None Too Pleased About ABC Reboot [V]

Someone is pissed they stole his alien movie pitch. The original V series creator Kenneth Johnson is not very happy with ABC for forcing his alien invasion back onto the telly without his blessing. The weird part is what he wrote on his website.

On Johnson's site he writes:
When projects that bore Kenny’s original creative stamp and control have been taken on by other people, audiences have seen the results: earlier attempts at reviving V, as well as The Incredible Hulk movies and the recently reimagined Bionic Woman all proved to be serious misfires which unfortunately failed with the critics and with the public. Though ABC is again considering the possibility of developing a TV pilot project, it is a script development deal only and does not in any way affect Kenny’s ongoing efforts to remake his original classic as a major motion picture.

Sounds like sour grapes, but why the strange use of the third person to talk about himself?

What I read from this is he's pissed because his script, V: The Second Generation didn't fit the bill for Hollywood or they decided to go "another direction" entirely. I understand his pain because he probably spent some amount of time writing it. But let's call a spade a spade — V was a ridiculous melodrama (which I loved). We're not rewriting Shakespeare here, people. I say do them all: The more face-ripping lizard aliens having sex and enslaving our race the better.

[Kenneth Johnson]






(Via io9)
 
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I remember making my parents watch v. they hated it while I couldn't get enough. Of course i could never catch all the episodes so it wasn't till recently I managed to find and watch the series. I think a remake could work out nicely if it was promoted right. I don't think they should push it with to much reference to the 80's version. They should just do it like bsg and release it and let those who remember fondly make their own associations.
 
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This reminds me of the time they made a darker and edgier remake of Battlestar Galactica.

My only problem with the story is the fact that the aliens come in peace (not really). If they have an evil plot to eat/rape humans, then why don't they come in--guns blazing--and raze the place?
 

Kevin

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My only problem with the story is the fact that the aliens come in peace (not really). If they have an evil plot to eat/rape humans, then why don't they come in--guns blazing--and raze the place?
.... because it is a lot easier to conquer your enemy when he has laid down his weapons and has his hand stretched out to shake yours. ;)
 

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.... because it is a lot easier to conquer your enemy when he has laid down his weapons and has his hand stretched out to shake yours. ;)
Well said Kevin

I've seen the first 5 episodes here in the UK and although I like it I don't understand why they feel the need to change it. Dianna is now Anna?? WHY lol I'm all for updating the graphics and making it look more up to date but leave the story and characters as they are!!
You don't see them remaking Hamlet and calling it Horace..... ;)
 
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V series remake 2010.

How many of you remember watching V the series back in in 1983 and 1984? I remember sitting down each week and faithfully following it. By todays standards the plot was cheesy and quite predictable yet i didnt care and loved every minute of it.

Now folks, dont get your suspenders in an uproar, they have created a new series that will be coming out around 2010.

This series only reflects the premise of the V (visitors) coming to earth in massive motherships and taking our resources and that is the only constant.

i have put a video here to let everyone see the trailer and judge for yourself.

i will be honest. after watching the trailer i was intrigued with the storyline and look forward to seeing it. i do hope they dont put it on scifi or rather syfy since that will ruin it there.








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Kevin

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The V season finale definitely ended with a bang! For those who follow the Cool Sci-Fi Twitter feed, you already knew that there was going to be some major shakeups. ;)

Two characters confirmed dead, one likely dead, one likely will be tortured & then dead, and one character missing. Add on to that the introduction of the mysterious Project Aries (headed by Marc Singer, another alumni of the original V mini-series), an invasion fleet cloaked above Earth, and that Anna's biggest threat might actually be a little girl, it finally made for some interesting TV watching.

It is just a shame that the most interesting episode so far was the season finale and possibly the series finale as well if it does not get renewed for a 3rd season.
 
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But I have seen them remake The Taming of the Shrew and calling it 10 Things I Hate About You. :D
hahaha, Spot on man!

I didn't see the original, wasn't old enough, but I was actually digging this one, I rather prefer the psychological attack, specially being a sequel. I don't know why it didn't really pick up, I thought it had some interesting things in it, like the lead hero being a gal, thought that was interesting, sure she doesn't have Hilary Clinton's nuts but I thought she did a pretty good job.

Plot is interesting when you got these early lizards who fell in love with human chicks, overall I thought it was a really good shot at it. Guess the general public thought otherwise
 
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The V season finale definitely ended with a bang! For those who follow the Cool Sci-Fi Twitter feed, you already knew that there was going to be some major shakeups. ;)

Two characters confirmed dead, one likely dead, one likely will be tortured & then dead, and one character missing. Add on to that the introduction of the mysterious Project Aries (headed by Marc Singer, another alumni of the original V mini-series), an invasion fleet cloaked above Earth, and that Anna's biggest threat might actually be a little girl, it finally made for some interesting TV watching.

It is just a shame that the most interesting episode so far was the season finale and possibly the series finale as well if it does not get renewed for a 3rd season.
I didn't plug into the second season, I guess I didn't miss much, I really dug the first one though
 

Kevin

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I didn't plug into the second season, I guess I didn't miss much, I really dug the first one though
Unfortunately I think you didn't miss much with the 2nd season since it really moved so slowly with the story line. I understand the writers of the show not wanting to reveal too much too fast, since it is supposed to be a series instead of just a mini-series, but it got to the point of there just being one or two key scenes per episode with a lot of fluff wrapping.
 
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