Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rockne S. O'Bannon Updates Fans on FARSCAPE Movie

"Who’s your daddy?  C’mon, you know who your daddy is.  Who’s your daddy?  D’Argo, tell him who his daddy is."
"I'm your daddy."
-- John Crichton and Ka D'Argo, Farscape: "Thanks for Sharing"

About two months ago, Scapers all over the world were excited to learn that a movie based on their beloved TV series Farscape is officially in the works.  The innovative television series, which ran for four seasons on the Sci-Fi channel from 1999-2003, received a three-hour miniseries called Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars in 2004 to tie up dangling plot threads from the Season 4 cliffhanger and give fans desperately-needed closure. 

But apart from several series of comic books from BOOM! Studios published from 2008-2011 that continued the saga, fans pretty much resigned themselves to the notion that Farscape was finally done.  That is, until word broke that Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson and Farscape executive producer, was planning to direct a Farscape feature film.

According to Tor, the script by Justin Monjo would involve this premise -- "Set to follow the awesome comics written by our favorite Keith R.A. DeCandido, the film would follow John and Aeryn’s son, D’Argo (or Little D, as we will always refer to him).  Because their baby was exhibiting a set of interesting powers that made him a magnet for galactic villains, we find that John and Aeryn hid their son on Earth to grow up.  Now the kid is 19 and ready to go into space with his parents."

Well, Comic Book Resources has an update on the project, made by none other than Farscape showrunner Rockne S. O'Bannon during yesterday's panel for NBC's Revolution at WonderCon Anaheim.  "We are, in fact, in the script stage of a Farscape feature," announced O'Bannon to an enthusiastic crowd.

"[We’re] still in early, early stages," O’Bannon continued, cautioning fans that the film still isn't a done deal...yet.  He went on to credit Brian Henson’s efforts in bringing the film project to life.  "He was like a dog with a bone," said O’Bannon.  "He would not give up on it."

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