Cherish your DVDs of Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. That direct-to-DVD release is the last you'll be seeing of Babylon 5 on the small screen, says creator J. Michael Straczynski. In a Usenet post today, JMS said flat out that he's not interested in doing any more low-budget B5 DVDs or TV-movies. But you'll notice he didn't say he's not interested in doing any more B5, period.

Says JMS:

B5 as a five year story stands beautifully on its own. If anything else is to be continued from that story, it should be something that adds to the legacy of B5, rather than subtracts from it.

As well intentioned as [TV movie Legend of the] Rangers and TLT were, as enticing as it was to return to those familiar waters, in the end I think they did more to subtract from the legacy than add to it. I don't regret having made them, because I needed to go through that to get to the point where I am now psychologically, but from where I sit now, I wouldn't make them again.


So, no more DVDs, TV movies or "small computer games." But JMS does leave the door open, in the unlikely event that someone wanted to make a big-budget Babylon 5 movie. (But he discourages fan letter-writing campaigns, which seldom work in cases like these.) There's also another possibility. At Wondercon, in February, fans asked JMS about doing B5 comics, now that he's moving over to DC Comics. His answer: "Maybe." Which, you know, isn't "no." [JMSNews, thanks to Whitworthian]