Nazi-Like Reptilian Aliens And Meals Of Mice – ‘V’ Sequel Still On The Cards?

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:42 pm,

VDonovan1 Nazi Like Reptilian Aliens And Meals Of Mice   V Sequel Still On The Cards?If you were alive in the early ’80s and had even the slightest interest in science fiction, chances are you were aware of V, a miniseries televised by NBC in 1983 and followed by V: The Final Battle and V: The Series the following year. The plot centred on an alien invasion, the human resistance movement and a strong Nazi/WWII allegory. It could even be argued that the basic story – minus the intelligent plot points – was directly ripped off in the generally woeful Independence Day.

For those who don’t remember, think reptiles in human disguise, mice and guinea pigs for dinner and/or smart red uniforms and I’ve found people usually recall the show from within the depths of their subconscious.

For those who do remember – and were fans – did you know a sequel miniseries is currently sitting in development hell?

Having heard the first rumblings quite a few years ago, I was surprised how little was made of it on online news sites. Had the phenomenon died off so significantly? Did the abysmal, hour-long television series really kill the franchise so completely?

In 2005, it was reported that NBC passed on the idea of producing original creator Kenneth Johnson’s sequel script. Instead, they began looking into a remake (for which the writer/director submitted a screenplay) only to question – ironically – whether the idea was too close to Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster. Later that year, the network – which was partly revived in the early ’80s by V‘s success and was famously in another slump around ’05 – pulled out of the idea, in fear of flooding the market with sci-fi television. ABC then took an interest and even a feature film was considered. However, as of today, the project remains in development hell.

So, you ask, why bring it up? What’s the story? Well… for those interested in seeing Kenneth Johnson’s official sequel to the original V miniseries – that is, it ignores most of The Final Battle and all of The Series, which he did not approve of – a novel titled V: The Second Generation is about to hit shelves this November. Based on the script that was bandied about at NBC and ABC, the synopsis is as follows:

The reptilian Visitors, who cleverly portray themselves as Earth’s protectors, are anything but. Our oceans are being drained in order to fuel the aliens’ motherships, and our scientists are treated like wanted criminals. And they have pods of preserved humans destined for even more sinister purposes.

But hope is not lost. A small, yet resourceful Resistance risks everything to undermine the Visitors’ stranglehold on Earth’s people. Despite their heroic efforts, without more help they will be crushed by the Visitors and their human militia. Just when Earth’s doom seems inevitable, agents of an alien civilization from another planet arrive in answer to humanity’s desperate call for help. But can these other aliens be trusted? Or might we defeat one alien overlord, only to be delivered into the hands of another, equally as oppressive?

Time is running out for the Resistance, for when the Visitors’ Leader arrives, the aliens will complete their mission on Earth, with devastating consequences for all life on the planet.

The most interesting part? It remains listed as “currently being developed for TV” and, after contacting Kenneth Johnson, it appears there’s some truth in this. When asked whether a big-screen production or perhaps a straight-to-DVD release may be on the cards, Johnson confirmed “all options are open and we are pursuing them” but that straight-to-DVD is “unlikely” due to “the high production cost”.

So, that’s that. If any of you have ever had an interest in seeing the V franchise revived, now you know: it’s not out of the question. It sounds to me like the suits just need to know if there’s a demand.

Source: Ilana’s V Page / Tor Books

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  1. I remember “V”, both the original mini-series and the ongoing TV show. I watched both and even enjoyed the TV series.

    One comment that I find odd is the one regarding the high cost of going direct-to-DVD… I’m certainly not in the production biz, but that sounds completely “off.” Have you BEEN to a Blockbuster lately? The “new releases” shelves are FULL of direct-to-DVD crap horror flicks that I’m sure are there because it’s so cheap to get ’em there.


  2. For a moment I thought “Vic commented on his own story? My lord his ego is out of control!” – I didn’t think that last bit just thought it would look funny – then I realised that you had other writers onboard!

    Kane, I loved that original series. For a while a new film was being talked of, a complete big budget remake. However that never got off the ground either.

    The thing is it’s a superb story and could really work again. However what does that matter. There’s not a visible cult following so the dollar signs aren’t out, and it’s probably not cheap to get hold of the rights. For Hollywood that means the two main boxes are out the window.

    Never mind, we’ll see things like Joust and Magnum P.I. first…sigh.

  3. LOL, I’m not THAT far gone. :-)

    And “Joust”… sigh.


  4. Loved the first mini-series. The TV series had its moments. The Final Battle I didn’t like. Mainly for one thing I cannot abide by in my sci-fi, a child with mystical superpowers.

    In the mini-series the humans send a distress call to an enemy of the reptilians knowing it would take years to reach them, and also not knowing anything about them. I’d like to see the implications of that.

  5. You’re in luck, then… ‘cus that’s precisely what this sequel is… a follow up to the first miniseries only. The book apparently picks up as though the aliens never got defeated and have been here for a generation.

    With that in mind, though, I can totally see how NBC wanted a remake of the first bit before going ahead with a sequel. It could get confusing for fans that DID enjoy The Final Battle and – god forbid – the series.

  6. They sent a distress signal in the original mini series? Really?

    I loved the series when I was a kid, and I recently purchased the DVD´s, but I dont remember that part.

  7. Yeah… they did… and it was a plot point I’d always seen as ‘throwaway’ due to being a kid when it first screened. It never dawned on me that it was an important part of Kenny Johnson’s story… before NBC dumped him and started their ludicrous ‘Star Child’ storyline.

  8. I’ve always loved that original V mini and am looking forward to Johnson’s novel.

    That said, I have never understood why so many people believe Independence Day was cribbed from V, aside from the images of giant flying saucers moving in over familiar cities. ID is almost beat-for-beat a remake of the 1953 version of War of the Worlds, right down to the ineffective atomic bomb attack and a “virus” bringing down the aliens, with the final trench run over the Death Star thrown in for good measure.

  9. For the record, the fact I posted this the same week The Hollywood News and AICN reported on Robert Englund mentioning the project at a convention is a total coincidence…

    I’m beginning to wonder if the stars are aligning for this thing to actually happen!

    I guess if the suits are just sitting on it, it only takes a bit of fan noise to give them the motivation to move forward.

    Here’s hoping, anyway!