ABC’s V Officially A Remake (Duh) & Shooting Paused

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

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Not sure if you’ve been following or heard the news, but there were some legal rumblings in regards to what ABC’s new take on their remake of V was going to be.

The issue was that the Writers Guild (WGA) couldn’t decide of V was a remake or not.

Warner Bros. had recently taken the stance that V wasn’t a remake.  If it were deemed to not be a remake, Ken Johnson, the original creator wouldn’t see his name in the credits of this new version or get any royalty payments based on the new series.

This stance forced the WGA to go into “Remake Arbitration” (eh?).  As it stands, the WGA ruled that the new pilot is indeed a remake.  Now they need to determine the specific credits that the original creator, Ken Johnson, would get.

Um, of course it’s a remake.  How could it not be a remake when it uses the same premise, story and whatnot.

I’m a bit confused as to why Warner Bros was trying to say it wasn’t a remake.

Filming Held Up?

Yes, Warner Bros TV has put the filming of V on hold.

The specific reasons behind the filming pause has not been divulged by the studio, but insiders have been saying that the quality of the season episodes were not on par with the premiere episode, and the studio wanted to revisit this issue.

Is it just me, or does it sound worrisome that even the studio is worried about the quality of the episodes being filmed?

Sources: LLana’s V Page, The Wrap

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  1. Warner Bros didn’t want to pay out the royalties.
    Wow, what a cheap company,,, They should have known this would get out,,, ;-)

  2. the fact that the episodes fallowing the pilot arnt as good as the pilot because of the reviews of the pilot.
    E! Online rated the pilot episode “on a scale of 1 to 10, we give it an 11. V is the best pilot we’ve seen in, well, forever.” and another
    Seat42F rated the pilot episode A+, applauding its cast and effects and naming it one of the best pilots in years.
    these are the only reviews ive seen

  3. i ment to say
    the fact that the episodes fallowing the pilot arnt as good as the pilot doesnt shock me because of the reviews of the pilot.

  4. So I am not really interested but is this a TV remake of V for Vendetta?

  5. And history repeats itself once again. Kenneth Johnson’s original miniseries (and followup miniseries) were pretty tightly crafted, but when it came to the spinoff series, it quickly devolved into a mindless, implausible space-soap-opera. Perhaps the concept itself only works as a short form project.

  6. The shooting hold up is old news. The new news is that it’s a completely normal occurrence for a new series still finding its groove and even happened with Grey’s Anatomy – a now multi-Emmy Award winning series about to enter season 5 or 6.

    The rumour is that the writing team and filming production were getting too close together – no doubt due to the premiere being brought forward from February 2010 to this November – and putting filming on hold allows the series to avoid rushed scripts and basically becoming average well before it rightfully should.

    Makes sense to me.

  7. @ Paul – Guessing your a bit young. No, this isn’t a TV remake of V for Vendetta. Back in the early ’80s, “V” was a miniseries about a lizard-like race of alien’s that came to Earth claiming to want to help but in actuality to enslave the human race.

    I was a kid when it was originally on, but remember liking it and have been looking forward to the remake, so I hope your right Kane.

  8. Thanks for the wrap up / chime in CHIGUY!

    My jaw dropped when I saw that WB was trying to pull this stunt with the remake reference. How in blue blazes do you base a show on another show and NOT call it a remake!!??

    Unless there was some other, underlying reason… a process that needed to be done that involved this maneuver. Though for the life of me, I don’t know what it could be.

  9. It’s a “reimagination” LOL!!


    Thank freakin goodness it’s not! :-D

  10. I loved this series when it was shown in the 80s, (I did see some episodes resently and boy dose it now look cheesey) back then ”WOW”, I’d love to see a re-make, with todays movie technology the show would be awesome. The pilot hasn’t been shown in the UK, Is it (pilot) on DVD yet?

  11. Wait, did they air this? I want to see the pilot…

  12. In 1983! Oh, wait, you meant the new V…

    That’s coming up on November 3rd. You didn’t miss anything Ken.

  13. November? Alright, thanks, I’ll put a reminder somewhere, I’ve heard the pilot to this show is epic, can’t miss that! lol

  14. @Manowar

    No worries, I’m actually good friends with the guy who runs that site. :)