“V” To Return to Primetime-Original Creator Not Involved
In the early 1980’s, sci-fi miniseries “V“, the alien-human Holocaust allegory scored record ratings, spawned a sequel, “V: The Final Battle”, and the short lived but well made “V: The Series”. Now ABC is set to revive the cult classic for a new franchise, according to Variety. The new show, produced by “The 4400” creator Scott Peters will not try to replicate the original except that “the new “V” will still focus on what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders.”
The 80’s series focused on seemingly benevolent aliens coming to Earth with the the promise of sharing advanced technology in exchange for some help with their ailing planet. Unfortunately for the human race while they looked human underneath they were secretly lizard-like creatures who’d come to steal our water and enslave us.
Original series creator Kenneth Johnson had been trying to get a sequel to the original series off the ground for several years without success. Earlier this year Johnson released his sequel in the form of the novel “V: The Second Generation”.
The original “V” series also featured many horror genre veterans such as Marc Singer, Robert Englund, Michael Ironside, Leonard Cimino, Jane Badler, and Faye Grant in early roles as both human and alien.
While the prospect of a series without Johnson disappoints us, we cannot lie…
We’re “V fans.