Farscape‘s 20th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con was packed to the brim with fans who miss the show. It’s always been beloved, but in recent years there have been more rumors about its potential revival. Everyone seems to be on board, actors and creators included, so what’s the problem?
Well, we might not be waiting too much longer…
Granted, nothing has been inked or signed, but creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company were on hand to assure fans that they’re still working on reviving the show, and have never stopped. “For a number of years we wanted to continue Farscape in movies,” said Henson, while also noting that any story they wanted to tell couldn’t likely be contained in two hours. So they’ve moved back to television in terms of finding a new home for the series.
Amazon Prime Video was hinted as the most likely streaming venue to pick up the show—not surprising given that the entirety of Farscape is now on Prime Video after going without a streaming home for a few years—which begs the question of just how far along in the process they are, but O’Bannon was more direct: “We’re not done with Farscape.”
The audience burst into applause.
Henson: "For a number of years, we wanted to… continue #Farscape in movies." But they can't do it in two hours. But… BUT… they are looking at other formats!
O'Bannon: "WE'RE NOT DONE WITH FARSCAPE." *audience erupts!*#farscapenow #SDCC2019 #LootSDCC
— Loot Crate @ SDCC #229 (@lootcrate) July 18, 2019
It’s good to hear that the creative team has gone back to the idea of television; while it was satisfying to have the series end properly with the Peacekeeper Wars revival, the 4-hour mini-series was pointedly too short to contain the usual layered storytelling that Farscape was known for. Another show (even if it were closer to the more common 13-episode format of today) would be a better way to bring Farscape back to the masses.