Back when "V" was a television series on NBC (during the 1984-85 TV season), DC Comics launched an 18-issue comic book that was edited by Marv Wolfman. He and his creative team were determined that the comic would be of a quality higher than the average film or TV adaptation.
The following article comes from the press kit issued by NBC back in 1984 when "V": The Series was making its debut.
Although filming is underway on the new "V" pilot, casting continues. The latest addition to the cast, notes The Hollywood Reporter, is Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie Holt, girlfriend of Ryan Nichols (Morris Chestnut).
Writer Craig Buck, who collaborated with Ken Johnson, Peggy Goldman and Diane Frolov on the original version of "V": The Final Battle, explains that the team was attempting to make budget cuts in their script when Warner Bros. released them from the project.
Major kudos to Craig Byrne over at Visitorsite.net who came up with some exclusive casting news on the new "V" pilot.
They came to us requesting our help with their dying civilization. In return, they would provide us with wondrous gifts, including cures to many of the illnesses that plague humanity. Always eager to help, we provided them with assistance, unaware that we were sealing our own doom. For in reality, these alien visitors were using our kindness against us, threatening our very existence.
According to EW's Brian Ausiello, actress Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet from Lost) has joined the cast of "V".
With Warner Bros. releasing Ken Johnson and his creative team from "V": The Final Battle when it became apparent that Johnson would not trim $5 million from the budget, a new team in the form of writer Brian Taggert, producers Daniel Blatt and Robert Singer and director Richard Heffron were brought in.
Jace Hall’s entire career is a tribute to his geekdom, whether it’s the video games he’s produced (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Justice League Heroes and Condemned: Criminal Origins, among them), online content he’s been involved with creating (including The Jace Hall Show, which has him conducting interviews while playing video games with his interview subjects; and the in-development web series Creepshow Raw and the Twilight Zone-like What If?), movies (PVC-1, Brothers in Arms and the forthcoming The Unforgettable) and, now, television, with the all-new “V” pilot for ABC.
In Scott Peters' script for "V," the character of George (previously known as Georgie) is determined to pull Ryan back into their old lives, emphasizing that they have a greater purpose. Eventually that purpose will involve being a part of the resistance against the Visitors. Beyond that, George is hiding a secret that will become apparent soon enough.
Back when "V": The Series premiered in the fall of 1984, Warner Bros. issued a press kit for the show that included a number of interviews, including this one with make-up designer Leo Lotito.
With the resounding success of "V" in 1983, it's hardly surprising that both NBC and Warner Bros. wanted writer/director Kenneth Johnson to continue the saga. To that end, he sat down with writers Craig Buck, Peggy Goldman and Diane Frolov to craft what would become the six-hour follow-up, "V": The Final Battle. The good news as far as the team was concerned is that they did get to write those scripts. The bad news was pretty much everything else.
Early In the process of writing the screenplay for what he hoped would be “V”: The Second Generation, Ken Johnson realized that the story and characters would lend themselves to a novel. Negotiations began with Tor Books and Warner Bros., with the decision ultimately being made that he could indeed write it. The resulting novel was published at the beginning of this year.
Back in the '80s, the popularity of "V" was something that was felt around the globe. With the debut of "V": The Series, actress Jane Badler (Diana) undertook a promotional tour that, based on this clip, brought her to Japan. Here she's at the center of a press conference, dressed in her Visitor uniform.
"V" has been an inspiration to many people, one of them being Norton of the youtube page http://www.youtube.com/user/nortofacto, who created a series of trailers for an imagined series called "V": The British Chapter. For full details on the making of the trailer, just follow the leap.
"V" executive producer Scott Peters has turned to his The 4400 leading man Joel Gretsch, who played Tom Baldwin, to essay the role of Father Jack Lowery, the priest who is skeptical over his congregation's sudden fascination with The Visitors; a fascination that seems to be teetering on the edge of worship.
In his screenplay turned novel "V": The Second Generation, Ken Johnson explains that the stories of many of the characters audiences came to know and love are carried on. "Certainly Diana is a pre-eminent figure as the Visitor commandant," he says. "Juliet, our resistance leading lady, is a key player. Harmie, the waitress who fell in love with Willie, played by Robert Englund in the original, are both back in very key roles, as well as Robert Maxwell and a couple of others.
In an interview with Australia's The Advertiser, Jane Badler (undoubtedly forever known as the original "V'"s Diana), admits that had she not moved Down Under following her late 1980s run on MIssion Impossible, she would have been swept up in the need for ever-increasing celebrity in Hollywood. "It's impossible not to get caught up in all of that in LA," she said.
Actor Morris Chestnut, recently signed to play the character of Ryan on the new “V”, has been acting since 1990, splitting his time between television and film appearances. One of his most recent projects has been the drama Not Easily Broken (on which he also serves as an executive producer), which has just been released on DVD.
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