Fans of the beloved and quirky sci-fi series Farscape should be pleased to know that concerted efforts are underway for a Farscape TV movie.
In this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, series creator Rockne S. O’Bannon confirmed that one of the show’s writers Justin Monjo is working on the script and while the project is still in the preliminary stage, he is optimistic that it will be made.
Supposedly the film will be about D’Argo Crichton, the son of John Crichton (Ben Browder) and Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), who was introduced as a baby in the mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. The younger Crichton has grown up on Earth as part of an effort to hide him because he is exhibiting unique powers that interested Farscape’s baddies. But now at the rebellious age of 19, D’Argo Crichton is ready to rendezvous with his parents who are still traipsing across the cosmos.
What is interesting about the project is that the film will take place after the comic book stories that followed the show, making it one of the few instances where a comic book story line is actively considered as cannon for a film or TV medium.
Now many Farscape fans will take this news with a grain of salt. A few years ago, there was supposed to be a web-based series but that project was ultimately shelved. But now with Farscape recapturing many fans’ imaginations and bringing in new converts, perhaps the time is right to revisit the slightly eccentric astronaut and his bizarre but lovable alien friends. Finding a way to bring back Ka D’Argo (Anthony Simcoe) would be a nice bonus. But until news that production is underway and the original cast has been reunited, it’s best to stay guardedly optimistic.
Lewis T. Grove