July 25th, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA – Today BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company revealed that Rockne S. O’Bannon, beloved creator of FARSCAPE, will be writing BOOM!’s recently announced FARSCAPE comic book series. Widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history, the multi-award-winning FARSCAPE will make the transition to comics later this year.
“This is a dream opportunity for me – to get to continue the Farscape saga,” O’Bannon said. “The comic book series starts off directly where the PEACEKEEPER WARS mini-series left us. It’s like we’re finally getting to experience Season Five of Farscape. Not only that, but the stories in the ongoing comic series will completely tie into the upcoming Farscape webisodes. Farscape lives!”
“I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am that Rockne will be part of the comic-book team. I’m a fan, and he’s one of the best writers around,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. “I’m doubly pleased that both Rockne and The Jim Henson Company folks have responded to the idea of making this series a direct continuation of the FARSCAPE TV series rather than an out-of-continuity tie-in. For fans of FARSCAPE, and with the show’s creator involved, the comic series will fill that outer-space-sized void the show once occupied. In short, it’s going to be frelling awesome!”
“Farscape the television series was a huge production, but we still had to tailor our storytelling to conform to the inevitable television limitations of story length and logistics and budget,” O’Bannon added. “The great thing about the comic book medium is that the scope and scale of the Farscape world is no longer restricted. In terms of where we can go, what we can show — these new stories will be Farscape Unrestrained.”
Not wanting to give away too much of what’s in store in the new comic series, O’Bannon did reveal, “One of the places that we always wanted to explore in the television series was Rygel’s home world of Hyneria. No matter how passionate we were about telling that story, we simply couldn’t do it. But now one of the massive-scale arcs in our first 4-issue comic series has us off to Hyneria!”[video:youtube:odMR0ADDa1I]
Debuting on the SCI-FI Channel in 1998, FARSCAPE follows the adventures of Astronaut John Crichton, who has a freak accident during an experimental space mission that catapults him across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield. Suddenly, he’s trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology – a battle that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. Hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton begins his quest for home from a distant galaxy.
A groundbreaking award-winning sci-fi production, FARSCAPE has become a global favorite. Named by TV Guide as one of television’s “Best Cult Shows Ever” and most recently named by EMPIRE Magazine as one of the “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time,” FARSCAPE is known for the overwhelming fan-based campaign that led to its miniseries production. The show has continued to find new audiences as it airs in syndication and is available on DVD around the world.