Our correspondence with Joseph Michael Straczynski

Dear Michael!
We are creative group “Posrednik” (intermediary) from Russia and we are realizing the “Babylon 6” noncommercial project. The project is devoted to creation a science-fiction series (for now only in the form of the script, races description, the organizations, planetary systems, and also 3D models of space-crafts and characters). Action occurs in the Universe of “Babylon-5” of 2340th years, where orbit of Torina-5 became home for the new station of the Interstellar Alliance “Babylon 6”.
This project is the initiative of the young men who estimate a “Babylon 5”, as the best series of XX century. The idea of new history based on the Universe created by you, not only ours, but also of many fans of “Babylon 5”. But not all have reached smth on this way. We did a lot and we have strong confidence, that we will reach our goals.
Main idea of the project is creation of a high-grade science-fiction series “Babylon 6”, worthy of your name, of your universe and your success. We understand, that “Babylon 5” was the last of “Babylon” stations, but … And this “But …” we would like to share with you, in fact that even for one ” But …” always will be place in our hearts. Therefore, if you will allow, we would like to send you in advance prepared set of the materials, concerning essences of our project and would like to hear your opinion on them, and also possible advice concerning the future of the project.
What do you think about the name “Babylon 6”? Is it possible for your Universe?

Best regards, with hope “Posrednik” creative group.


HIS ANSWER:

Nothing related to babylon 5 can go forward in any way without making a deal with Warner bros.   that requires a network studio and several million dollars.

joe


AND WE AGAIN:

Of course, our project will stay noncommercial fanfiction without making a deal with Warner bros. We do not intend to infringe copyright. We are creative group, not a production company, we are not professionals. (Maybe in the future). We do what we do because we love it. Important for us is your opinion on what we’re doing, on idea of sequel of „Babylon 5“ and the story of “Babylon 6”, because it concerns the universe created by you.

Like you, we want to add to the legacy of “Babylon 5”, and not to take away from him.

Best regards and thank you for the quick response.

Posrednik Creative Group.

10 Comments

  1. Kevin barnes

    Can’t wait to see more guys!.

  2. Good luck.

  3. I love the idea! Would love to see more of your designs for it 😎
    However as JMS mentioned, any B5 related thing has to get WB’s permission – will not happen. But: if you followed what happened with Axanar – you may want to change direction and make it an amateur based 15 minute episodes none commercially and you’re good to go. It sux , big time, but that’s the Capitalistic greed – nothing new about it. Good luck!

  4. I think the point JMS tried to make here is that you can’t legally use anything that could be attributed to the series, regardless of his approval and regardless of profit, because the rights belong to Warner Brothers and they could sue you for theft of intellectual property.

    I knew he suffered many frustrations attempting to get his work produced in ‘whole’, only now I realize one of these must have been that the studio required him to sign over most if not all of the rights in exchange for their cooperation (not an uncommon deal for any major production company to offer).

    I can only imagine the indignity he suffered, to have such a great work sqandered on short-sighted, penny-pinching producers who only wanted it for a few new trademarks to exploit.

    • I think JMS knew what he did.
      And we understand the problem with WB. We would make this deal with WB, when they would make us an offer. Because this is the only one way to bring Babylon 6 on the screens.
      Thank you for a comment.

  5. Your site design is very nice!

  6. Thanoss Stewart

    I love the idea guys and great work so far, yes it is said that money has to behind such ventures for us as fans would love to see this beautiful work progress into the screen either big or small.

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