Way back in 2005, a film version of George C. Chesboro’s Mongo books was planned and, according to Chesboro’s Wiki page, the lead role was going to go to Peter Dinklage.
Now, I’ve not read these books but they seem to be a combination of sci-fi, fantasy and detective fiction tropes, centred on an investigator with dwarfism.
The 2005 film didn’t happen but now, HBO are planning a series and Dinklage is again attached to star. The pilot is being penned by Australia-based scriptwriter Justin Monjo.
I hope some sort of Harry Hill style repeated recitation of Mongo-Monjo-Mongo-Monjo was part of his pitch.
According to If’s story on the Mongo show, Monjo has also written a new sequel to Farscape. I’m amazed this hasn’t made bigger waves. They say it will be:
a movie spin-off of the sci-fi series that ran on the Nine Network and the Sci-Fi Channel in the US, for Jim Henson Productions, to be directed by Brian Henson.
Movie movie or TV movie? They’re saying movie movie. I wonder if that’s what they mean?
Judging from the plot description, events have progressed much faster than real time for the Farscape characters:
In the finale, the protagonists, American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) and peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) got married and had a baby. In the movie, it’s revealed the boy had special powers which made him the target of the villainous aliens so his parents hide him on Earth.
The plot follows the kid at the age of 19 when his whereabouts have been discovered and he rejoins his parents on their spaceship. Monjo says the film would be shot in Australia.
No explicit promise of returning puppet characters but this is Farscape so we’re going to be seeing some creature work, for sure.
That plot does sound very much like a “passing of the torch” piece, perhaps with hope of a new, youngster-led series to follow. I guess that’s the natural order of things.
It’s important to note that Monjo did write a number of episodes of the original series and that Brian Henson being onboard as director should ensure some fidelity to what came before. For better or worse? How could we know until we see the thing. I’m looking forward to it, though.