TV Guide Online
have posted a new article (written by Ethan Alter) with snippets from Ben Browder (John Crichton), Brian Henson (Director) and David Kemper (Writer) regarding the upcoming mini-series The Peacekeeper Wars
, set to air October 17 & 18 at 9pm on Sci Fi in the US.
Discussing how the mini-series came about, Henson says, "When the show was canceled, I tried to place it at other channels, but that didn't work out. I was starting to explore alternatives — including a theatrical feature — when a consortium [of investors] approached me in the early spring. They had heard about the show from fans and were interested in financing something with us. So I called [series writer] David Kemper and [Farscape creator] Rockne O'Bannon to get them started on a script. Then I contacted Hallmark about distributing the miniseries. And that's pretty much the way it came together."
Of the nine-week shoot, he adds, "It was enormously challenging. It's a movie, so the scenes were bigger and there were always more characters. We were usually doing only one or two takes of a shot with four cameras rolling, so everyone had to be on their game. There was no space for people to be forgetting lines or things like that."
Meanwhile, David Kemper discusses the daunting task of writing the script for the mini-series. "I had a whole fifth year planned out, so I had the bare bones of where I wanted to go," he says, "but now, 22 hours had to be truncated to four. It was hard to get back into the flow again at first, but as we started to gather steam, it became Farscape again. The muscle remembered what to do." Kemper also had to find a way of satisfying the existing fan base while also roping in new viewers. "That was the hardest thing," he admits. "To make it so that all of our fans would go, 'Yeah!' and anyone new would go, 'Wow!' But we walk the tightrope pretty well, I think."
For the full article, including an interesting water-related spoiler
, head on over to TV Guide Online