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).
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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