That’s right, according to series creator Doug Naylor the finale of Red Dwarf X will feature idea’s first conceived for the lost-in-production Red Dwarf movie! Check it out!
There was a Red Dwarf movie in the works. At one point. A long time ago. But obviously, it didn’t happen. That much we know for certain. In fact, Doug Naylor had been trying to turn the concept into a movie right after the eigth season in 1999.
A final draft of the script had been crafted and legitimate flyers had begun to circulate around particualr website by Winchester Films, but even after reaching such a late stage of pre-production nothing ever came of it.
I’ve heard a lot of rumours why the movie never happened. The one I heard the most by die hard fans was that the movie producers (or sometimes it was the studio) wanted A-Lister Hollywood stars to fill out the lead roles of the film, effectively replacing the established actors who’d made the series popular to begin with (I’d always used the name Tom Cruise in the same breath as the rumour).
The likelihood of this rumour to have any truth to it is probably averaging at around 0.01%. However, the rumour is more readily believable than what is reported to be the truth: the BBC and The British Film Council rejected the movie because they didn’t feel the script was ready. Go figure.
As fans of the show will remember, the final episode of the eigth series ended on a rather spectacular note but was never even mentioned in the Back to Earth mini series which for all intents and purposes constituted as series 9.
Red Dwarf X will address the unanswered questions…but not until the series finale, which will be called The Beginning, echoing the title of the first ever episode. In an interview with Broadcast magazine, Doug Naylor revealed:
Most of the ideas are fresh but for the last episode I borrow things from the very early drafts of the film and explain what happened after the conclusion of series eight. That final episode also features a spectacular dogfight. Well, spectacular for Red Dwarf.
Pretty cool, huh?
Also speaking with the magazine, actor Craig Charles provided a broader overview of what the series will consist of:
We’ve stopped being an action adventure series and gone back to being more of a sitcom. Back To Earth looked fantastic and was very clever but it wasn’t as funny as it could have been, choosing to be more of an emotional journey. We’re now back to being four clowns in a room, each trying to be funnier than the next man. We’re still 3 million years into deep space, looking for a way home and really hot curry. But now it’s a bit more like Grumpy Old Men.
Also, for those who missed it, here are all the episode titles for the series:
2. Fathers and Suns
5. Dear Dave
6. The Beginning
Red Dwarf X will air in the UK on the DAVE channel this October.
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