V is coming back to the small screen! But what does this mean for plans to make a big screen movie? We asked show creator Kenneth Johnson . . .

As some of you might know, V creator and head scribe Kenneth Johnson has been trying to get a big screen V movie off the ground for quite a while now. V is of course the popular early 1980s sci-fi TV show about reptilian aliens invading the Earth by pretending to be our friends.

Johnson, also a major force in the creation of iconic ‘Seventies TV shows such as The Incredible Hulk and the original Bionic Woman, even wrote a “proper” sequel to the original series in 2007 titled V: The Second Generation. This sequel was set 20 years after the events of the original 1983 two-part television miniseries. (It basically ignored the events depicted in the later three-part miniseries V: The Final Battle and the subsequent V television series that ran from 1984 to 1985.)

In Johnson’s book the Earth is still under the insidious control of the alien invaders, who now seems stronger than ever. But there is hope for humanity: the arrival on the streets of L.A. of the reptilians’ long-time alien enemies. But is it really a case of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” and does these new visitors to Earth maybe not present an even bigger threat to us?

Johnson’s plans for a big screen V franchise included a remake of the original mini-series, possibly followed by a sequel based on the novel.

But now comes the unexpected news that ABC has greenlit a pilot episode for a remake of the 1984 TV series. According to reports The 4400 co-creator Scott Peters wrote the project on spec and it will “center on a female Homeland Security agent.” Apparently Peters will executive produce the project as well, alongside Jason Hall.

Not seeing Kenneth Johnson’s name anywhere in this, we e-mailed him, asking what his involvement is in this planned TV pilot and what it means for his efforts to bring V to the big screen.

Here is the reply we received:

“My involvement is zero […] but Jason and Scott are talented, nice guys and I wish them good luck. Their series does not prevent my ongoing efforts to remake my original V as a major motion picture. Hold good thoughts.”

So there you have it.



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