Neatly filling the “non-Star Trek outer-space show” slot during the gap between Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica, Farscape ran for four years in the early 2000s, placing Earthman and audience surrogate John Crichton in the midst of a galaxy populated by a menagerie of aliens. After the show was abruptly cancelled, producer Brian Henson gave fans a series finale in the form of a three-episode miniseries, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. Now, 10 years later, Henson is looking to revive the show with a made-for-TV movie focusing on Crichton’s now-teenage son. No word yet on where or when the show will air—although. as the original aired on what was then the reasonably-spelled Sci-Fi Channel (as well as Australia’s Nine Network, where the show was created), SyFy’s probably a good bet.
The Farscape announcement also has one heck of a buried lede: Farscape writer Justin Monjo is not only writing the new movie, but he’s also writing a new HBO pilot for Game Of Thrones star and hula-hoop enthusiast Peter Dinklage. The Beasts Of Valhalla will be based on a series of sci-fi detective novels by the late George C. Chesbro, and Monjo hopes that Dinklage will star as a dwarf detective. Those curious as to how Dinklage could star in another HBO show while still starring in Game Of Thrones—even though this is all far from a done deal—the If.com.au article offers what could be considered a spoiler, saying that the show wouldn’t go into production until “2016 after Dinklage finishes Game Of Thrones.” [via io9]
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