V Creator Kenneth Johnson Planning Big Budget V Film, Sequels

Disclosure: I had a roommate freshman year of college who never left our room and watched V non-stop on ancient bootleg VHS, even while I tried to sleep. I'd wake up at 5 a.m. and he'd be hovering over me in a zombie state, one eye on me, the other on the hypnotic glow of...V. It was traumatizing. He flunked out after one semester. I'm sure V is awesome, but I don't need the flashbacks. However they might be inevitable, as V creator, Kenneth Johnson, has plans to bring his '80s sci-fi/aliens TV series to theaters in a big way. Here's what he recently told The Dead Bolt...

"... since I own the motion picture rights to V, we're in the process to do a remake of the original mini-series first as a theatrical feature, which I'm so jazzed about because it will give me an opportunity to really realize it and execute it in a way that was impossible to do back then. Then that will lead to the obvious sequel, because it is a franchise, and then we'll get into The Second Generation and I'm hoping we'll be able to do two movies, because there's certainly enough material in the novel to warrant two separate sequels. That's my goal at this point and that's what we're in the process of doing. I just literally came from a meeting, 15-20 minutes ago with a fellow in Beverly Hills who really says that we're gonna do it."

Let's hope this fellow in Beverly Hills isn't Jason Priestley. V centers around an alien lizard race (like "reptilians"?) called the Visitors that decide to crash our overrated Earth party in huge UFOs. They take on a human appearance and wage war for dominance of the planet. The V franchise has enjoyed a healthy life into the present in book form. Thanks to Slashfilm reader/bud Jonny for the tip.

Discuss: I know a number of you are probably V fans, so geek out in the comments. Was V more fit for the big screen than TV in the first place, in your opinion? What are the chances these films happen?