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Kenneth Johnson Adapting V into a Movie

written by Khaled Arisheh February 13, 2018
V mini-series to become V the Movie

If you were a geek in the 80’s you were definitely a fan of V, the miniseries that originally aired on NBC in 1983. If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to know that the creator Kenneth Johnson is set to revive the classic into a movie trilogy. V The Movie will be brought to life by Desilu Studios and producers John Hermansen and Barry Opper. No information concerning casting and release dates have been given out yet.

V - Miniseries

The initial two-episode series starts off with a fleet of 50 saucer type spaceships that appear in the earth sky. The alien Visitors initially make contact with humankind on the roof of the UN building seeking help and resources in order to save their ailing planet. In return, they offer to share their knowledge and advanced technology. They appear human like other than that they have to wear special glasses to protect their eyes and have a vibration in their voice. Governments all over the world agree to assist the aliens and collaborate closely with their leader who gradually gains considerable influence and power.

As the collaboration moves forward the scientific community, in particular, that is interested in learning more about the aliens is slowly put to silence and stronger voices that oppose the alien’s presence strangely disappear without a trace. A rogue reporter discovers that the aliens are not what they seem to be and their intentions are far from innocent. In reality, they are a carnivorous reptilian race in human sleeves and their real purpose is to deplete Earth’s water and to harvest humans as food to retrieve to their planet. An underground resistance movement evolves in an effort to save humankind.

The original series was followed by a second miniseries in early 1984 aptly called V: The Final Battle as the resistance declares all-out war on the invaders. Kenneth left the production due to disagreements on how the story should progress as he felt that the story should end with the sequel while the network wanted to bank on its success and further the story. The network later created a weekly series without Johnson in 1984 simply named V: The Series picking up a year after the events of V: The Final Battle to little success. Then in 2009, ABC rebooted it into a new series that lasted two seasons.

V creator Kenneth JohnsonJohnson released a novel called V: The Second Generation in 2008, that picked up right after the first series omitting the events from The Final Battle and The Series. Notable appearances in the series are made by Michael Ironside and the striped nightmare himself Robert Englund. V was listed in “The Sci-Fi 25: The Genre’s Best Since 1982” by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. The creator campaigned to revive V for many years and to continue his legacy as he sees fit. He is also the creator of Alien Nation, another genre classic that aired in 1989 to 1990 and 70’s cult classic The Bionic Woman.

Speaking about the revival of the series Johnson had this to say:

We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless — and timely — story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century. V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.”

V made a huge impact on how sci-fi is depicted on television and has been an influence for many modern series such as Taken and The 4400.

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