It was announced yesterday that Desilu Studios will make the much-awaited sci-fi movie V The Movie, a big budget adaptation of the highly successful and critically appreciated mini-series from the 80s to be released in theaters worldwide. The movie is going to be written and directed by the maker of the original series, Kenneth Johnson and produced by John Hermansen and Barry Opper. This is what Kenneth Johnson said about the new project.
“We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless, and timely, story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century. V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.”
Businessman Charles B. Hensley bought the Desilu brand with an aim to recreate Desilu as a global entertainment and commercial giant. The much sought after project was introduced to Desilu by development executive Sean Stone. This is what Charles B. Hensley said about recreating the hit show for the cinema audiences.
“Desilu was revolutionary in its time, and as the saying goes, everything old is new again. Coming from the consumer products space, it makes sense for the company’s trajectory and shareholders to focus on film and television properties with high merchandising and licensing potential such as V The Movie Franchise.”
The original miniseries was about an alien race which lands on Earth in human garb but needs special glasses to protect their eyes; some doubting humans figure out their real plans to control the planet, and they get ready to resist. A three part mini-series titled V: The Final Battle followed it and then the original series continued, which was based a year after Liberation Day on which the humans ultimately won aided by red-dust bacteria. Later the humanoid aliens resembling lizards became resistant to this bacteria and once again tried taking over Earth with some humans working hand-in-glove with them. The series featured Jane Badler (Diana), June Chadwick (Lydia), Jennifer Cooke (Elizabeth Maxwell), Robert Englund (Willie), Faye Grant (Dr. Julie Parrish), Marc Singer (Mike Donovan), Jeff Yagher (Kyle Bates) and Michael Ironside (Ham Tyler). This is what Michael Mann, Exec VP Business Development, said via a statement.
“Identifying and driving valuable allied profit centers, maximizing income potential for each property is our ideal content model.”
The original weekly series had a 19 episode single-season run between 1984-1985. However, the show got a great cult following with its miniseries being converted into a movie and released on DVD. ABC rebooted the series in 2009, and it aired for a total of 22 episodes across two seasons from 2009 to 2011. Original maker of the series Kenneth Johnson came back to co-create the reboot alongside Scott Peters with a fresh cast starring Elizabeth Mitchell (Erica Evans), Morris Chestnut (Ryan Nichols), Joel Gretsch (Father Jack Landry), Logan Huffman (Tyler Evans), Laura Vandervoort (Lisa), Morena Baccarin (Anna), Scott Wolf (Chad Decker) and Christopher Shyer (Marcus). Steven Posen, Desilu’s Executive VP said this via his statement.
“V is a multi-billion dollar film franchise and merchandising juggernaut. We couldn’t be more excited and honored to bring this film to the millions of devoted fans worldwide.”
Kenneth Johnson, the creator of V, had also made another cult classic in the 80s, Alien Nation which inspired several TV films in the 1990s. There was a time when talks did rounds about a new cinematic reboot of Alien Nation which had Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special) as the director in September 2016. However, nothing further was heard about it. Have a look at what Desilu’s Sean Stone stated.
“It’s no small irony that the new Desilu will be building on the sci-fi tradition with V, considering Desilu was the original studio responsible for Star Trek!”
There is no information related to the story of this sci-fi trilogy, and it is not clear if the films will be based on the story of the original series or the 2009 remake or whether it will be separate from the previous content. Desilu Studios Inc. is a firm from Delaware which is engaged in film, TV, merchandising, content streaming, theme parks, and cinemas. If you wish to learn more about them, then visit DesiluStudios.com.