Is a ‘Farscape’ Movie in the Works?

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Farscape Movie in Development Is a Farscape Movie in the Works?

In a world of reboots and remakes, it was only a matter of time before Farscape made a return. The series from The Jim Henson Company ran from 1999 to 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel – yes, it was still “Sci-Fi” at that point and not “SyFy” – until it was abruptly canceled after its fourth season. A miniseries – Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars – aired in 2004, providing closure for fans reeling from the season 4 cliffhanger. In the years that followed, ideas for a web series sequel were tossed around, but sadly, that project never got off the ground.

Farscape has sat on a shelf ever since, earning new fans thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, some of whom have held out hope that the property would return in some form or another. Well, according to a recent report, that time is now.

If.com is reporting that writer Justin Monjo has worked on a script for a Farscape spinoff movie to be directed by Brian Henson, son of the late great Jim Henson and Executive Producer of Farscape.

Monjo worked on Farscape back in the day, and while discussing a new series he developed for HBO (Mongo, starring Peter Dinklage and based on the detective series by George C. Chesbro), the writer revealed he’s written a sequel to Farscape with the intention of it becoming a movie. Whether it’s intended as a TV movie or a feature film is unclear, but considering the cult-like status of the series, the former seems more likely.

Judging from the included plot description, this movie won’t be a direct sequel, but rather a sort of a ‘passing of the torch’ to a new, younger cast:

“In the finale, the protagonists, American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) and peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) got married and had a baby. In the movie, it’s revealed the boy had special powers which made him the target of the villainous aliens so his parents hide him on Earth. The plot follows the kid at the age of 19 when his whereabouts have been discovered and he rejoins his parents on their spaceship.”

With Henson – who directed The Peacekeeper Wars miniseries – also involved, this Farscape sequel appears to be in very safe hands. Much like the original series, the spinoff/sequel movie will film in Australia. No word on other returning characters, whether they be human or puppet, but as the plot describes Crichton’s and Aeryn’s now adult son rejoining his parents, one can only assume Browder and Black will appear in the movie (if not occasionally the next TV series, were one to happen).

Is a Farscape Movie in the Works Is a Farscape Movie in the Works?

Farscape, as fans will undoubtedly agree, was a revolutionary sci-fi program. Not only was it a pillar of original programming for the Sci-Fi Channel in its early days, but it was a fresh entry in the long-standing trope of ‘starship crew exploring the universe.’ On top of that, the series featured stunning creature designs from The Jim Henson Company with aliens ranging from hand puppets, full body suits, incredible makeup, prosthetics and more. Even their ship, Moya, was alive! And lets us not forget, Farscape gave us “frell’ years before Battlestar Galactica gave us “frak”.

As far reboot news goes, Farscape is a series deserving of a revisit. What say you, Screen Rant readers? Interested in a continuation of Farscape with a new, younger cast of characters? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source: If.com.au (via Bleeding Cool)

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  1. Please give us more Farscape. I’m totally hooked and in need of a frellin’ Fix.
    Thank You in advance. God Bless You x

  2. This is amazing news. Hopefully this movie will be followed up by a Farscape 2.0 series, with the cast from the original series plus some new ones. Farscape was (and stil is) such an amazing series that was cut way too short, it had so much more life in it. Hopefully we can see Ben Browder and Claudia Black again in Farscape. That would be ..simply fantastic.

  3. I feel the Peacekeeper wars gave us some pretty decent closure on the series itself. While from reading pieces by the creators when it was cancelled the plan was originally to have 5 seasons. Peacekeeper Wars was meant to be that 5th and final season. This could be good but without Crichton and Aeryn the movie/show or whatever just wouldn’t be the same. Especially the banter between John and D’Argo. Even if all the original actors were to return having the show without Anthony Simcoe just would seem wrong. I would’ve liked to see them be able to close out the show better than they did and give us all the real closure we deserved in a final season. If they are to do a “Farscape 2.0″ at least make it completely different. Kill off Aeyrn and John and have their son be on some sort of revenge kick against whoever killed them. A continuation of the wormhole storyline would seem pointless.

  4. My wife and I loved this show. Friday night’s after we put the kids to bed. Now my kids are teenagers and we are watching the series again, this time w/ them and they too love it. I hope they do bring it back. I just hope they don´t screw it up. I hope browser and black are in it and not just as supporting characters. Their chemistry is what made the show special. I hope the others return as well. My question is does anyone actually watch the “Syfi” channel any more?

  5. I’m really excited about this but have one major concern. At the core of the show’s popularity was the on screen Browder/Black chemistry when portraying John and Aeryn and any attempt to “pass the torch to a younger cast” and therefore bypassing that relationship I feel is to miss the point of the original series and doom any movie to failure.

  6. good, good, good :) I’d hope to see the movie jump into farscape 2 series with a lot of the old characters coming back. Can we bring D’argo back to life as we never actually saw him die?
    Like to see scorpy have a well deserved and overdue death.
    See how it goes. Syfi has a appalling track record of destroying perfectly good series and replacing them with atrocious scifi movies.
    keep looking :)

  7. I am a busy professional with teenagers, and never ever before posted anything on any similar sites. But I thought the show was fantastic, storyline – that did not need to rely on recycling Arthurian or other myths for plot! -,, characters, creatures and all. Now my kid is watching it on Netflix.
    I would absolutely LOVE to see it come alive, but I am to concerned about passing it on completely to a totally new younger cast. Yes, you need to breathe a new life to the show, but at least do it gradually leaving room for established fan favourites to have a role.

    Perhaps they could start with a lot younger son of John and Aeryn – he could be 14-15 and a very young cadet in a specialized high school… Then they could have a next series :) where it takes a few years for him to grow (and literally) into a main character.
    And thenthere are many possibilities with Grayza’s child, too – regardless of parentage, just the timing and the fact they are of the same age

  8. Of course Farscape should return. There were so many stories left to tell. SyFy (hate that) totally frelled the fans with the way they handled the series. It was Ben and Claudia’s chemistry that fueled the engine, but don’t be blind to the relationships among the entire crew. It was an adventure to watch them evolve. I always felt there was an unresolved issue with Noranti and Aeryn. I swear Grandma did not like her.
    At any rate, a new, younger cast is not going to excite me too much, but I suppose I’d take my Farscape however I could get it. As long as it isn’t a total pile of dren.

  9. Man – i hated StarGate, Star Trek didnt do anything for me ( despite having a certain quality and depth, i know..) the new Battlestar Galactica was something I quite liked.. And then I discovered Farscape. Almost being repelled by the strange , nearly humorous approach that show took in the first few episodes im really glad Ive seen every episode of this show there is now. Despite it having virtually nothing to do with science ( SCIENCE fiction ,yknow..) and the almost unbearably unrealistic explanations of some phenomena of space travelling, i LOVED this show. I really cared about the characters, every single one of them, watching them and their relationships evolve over time , enemys turning friends, some unexpected deaths, the changes this crew went trough – i would never have expected this. But a new cast in the movie… Id miss Chiana, (and , apart from the obvious Bowder / black chemistry) SCORPIUS. I know, everyone hates that guy, Id give wayne pygram an oscar. This english accent… jeez, please , find some explanation, and bring this show back with the old cast

  10. I Love farscape, I have seen the series and movies , a reboot is in order and is a good thing fron the frelling vampires and zoombies, Sifi means sciece fun fiction!!! space alliens ships and good drama!!!!. Go get us our fix back!!!!!!!!

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