V: The Second Generation as a Movie Franchise?
The title of this post says it all. Is Kenneth Johnson’s “V: The Second Generation”, his sequel to his 1980s mini-series hit “V: The Original Mini-Series” and “V: The Final Battle” (okay, not so much the second one, which Mr. Johnson didn’t really have a lot to do with, which explains why it was not exactly all that great), gearing up for movie production? Yes, says the man himself. Or at least, he hopes to have the franchise move to the big screen, where it will launch a franchise with the big great helping of today’s CGI technology. More news about this below.
So, what’s the status of V: The Second Generation? Well, it looks like Kenny is thinking big, like big-screen and franchise big. Not just one theatrical movie that would remake the original, but two sequels, and the process is already underway to get things going in a forward motion. AND, given the advances in technology since the original mini-series aired in 1983, it looks like Johnson might be able to do a lot more than he ever dreamed of when he first created the show.
Although the process is still ongoing, details are being worked on, and nothing’s been finalized, here’s what Kenneth Johnson had to say about the future of V and V: The Second Generation:
“… since I own the motion picture rights to V, we’re in the process to do a remake of the original mini-series first as a theatrical feature, which I’m so jazzed about because it will give me an opportunity to really realize it and execute it in a way that was impossible to do back then. Then that will lead to the obvious sequel, because it is a franchise, and then we’ll get into The Second Generation and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do two movies, because there’s certainly enough material in the novel to warrant two separate sequels. That’s my goal at this point and that’s what we’re in the process of doing. I just literally came from a meeting, 15-20 minutes ago with a fellow in Beverly Hills who really says that we’re gonna do it.”
I am a great, great fan of Mr. Johnson and his works, and consider the original “V” mini-series to be one of the best, if not THE best, sci-fi TV work of all time. I hope he gets it off the ground, because even if it didn’t make it into theaters, it would just be so cool to see this again with today’s technology.