KENNETH JOHNSON - Creator of "V"
NEW - 3/28/2011 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "The game plan has always been to get 'V The Movie' made and then...assuming it's successful as we hope it will be...follow it up with 'The Second Generation.' And yes, I have more than enough material for two sequels. xxx K"
NEW - 3/11/2011 - KEN JOHNSON responds to the Mothership debate! Please see the article written below from Patrick J. Gillease on 3/09/2011 which sparked fan Andy to share his ideas.SEE KJ's RESPONSE AT THE BOTTOM of this post.
There's a wrong assumption in the article that assumes that the landing bays are in the circular indentation. They're actually spaced outside of there on the underside of the mothership. There are two landing bays, one above the other spaced inbetween the ships lasers. Have a look at the following image and you'll see where they are. The indentation is the gravity drive. When we see the landing bays being used, they correspond to the landing bays highlighted in the picture. There are 26 landing bays on the original.
I believe Andy is incorrect. Nobody ever said the areas he pointed to are landing bays. First he says there are only 2, then he says 26. Even his own argument is inconsistent. Plus the landing bays ARE in the circular area. We saw this in the original miniseries.
What I think REALLY is going on here is that KJ first depicted the smaller ships coming out of the ring. And I suspect he would say all the landing bays were encircled in there. But by the time he left TFB, they made an actual filming model, which I own, and some design elements were changed and/or enhanced when all they had were matte paintings for the MS in the original.
In the end, Andy and I may BOTH be right. I would ask KJ and see what he says? We clearly saw a shuttle coming out of the ring in the original mini, so were ALL the landing bays in that ring - at least in HIS original?!
We were working so fast and loose when we created the original designs -- literally over a weekend -- I don't think we ever stopped to analyze exactly where all the landing bays would be. There was never any "master blueprint" created such as one can find for Star Trek's Enterprise or The Titanic, etc..--
The first shuttle that appears does emerge from the inside center, however when it returns from the U.N. roof the camera pans it up to a bay entry point that appears to be on the outside perimeter, otherwise we'd see the "inner circle" bending off toward the left side of the frame.
Basically, we were working very impressionistically.
NEW - 11/18/10 - We all know the story about how FAYE GRANT worked with KEN JOHNSON before "V" and how Faye told Ken she wanted to work on "V" no matter what, even if she had to sweep the floors. So I asked KJ if Faye and the others he previously worked with had to audition for "V." KJ responded
"She did not audition for V. I knew she'd be excellent, told NBC I wanted her, and they said fine. Most all of the other actors read for their parts or I saw film on them and hired them from that."
NEW - 09/08/10 - Just got some more fantastic tidbits from KEN JOHNSON!
"Kristine Walsh was a close friend of my daughter Juliet (for whom Faye's character was named). Donovan was Michael for my younger son. The Maxwell family was for my wife's sister and her family. Ruby was my grandmother. Many of the characters in VTSG have special significance, too...but that's a story for later. It's very rewarding that the original miniseries has become so iconic and continues to engage and intrigue audiences around the world. V - The Movie will hopefully continue -- and enlarge upon -- that tradition. Best... Kenny"
NEW - 07/27/10 - Our Creator, KENNETH JOHNSON, gives Ilana and the fans more insight to "V."
IR: What similarities and differences will
there be with V The Film vs. V: The Second
What year did you write the original V: The
Second Generation novel?
What are your thoughts on ABC's "V" bringing
back one or some of the original V actors?
NEW - 06/04/10 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON with some cool news! KJ has been considering "the attributes and possibilities of 3-D for well over a year. V is a project that would likely be enhanced by the extra dimension and at this point I am leaning in the direction of filming it that way."
KEN JOHNSON has sent me a personal note regarding Kathi: "I was sorry to hear about our friend Kathi. Please send my sympathies to her family."
NEW - 06/04/10 - From KEN JOHNSON's website:
A personal note
Meanwhile, on 5/9/10, KJ posted the following on his website: "Though Kenny receives a "Created by" credit on the new, reimagined, ABC V series because it is derived from his original work, he is not involved with the series. He wishes the latest new producers well with the show, which does not affect Kenny's ongoing efforts to remake his original classic as a major motion picture. Kenny’s prime desire is to bring big-screen production values to the new V movie while carefully protecting the timeless story, the characters, quality, integrity and substance that make his original V such a favorite of worldwide audiences and a critically acclaimed, international landmark. Efforts by Kenny and his producing partners to make the right deal for the movie are proceeding well and on a daily basis. Meetings are currently ongoing." (Thanks Traves!)
NEW - 04/23/10 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! Check out this Q&A I did with him this morning!
At what point did Warner Brothers obtain the rights to "V" for television? Was
it in your original contract or did they negotiate that later on?
your "V" Film gets the funding and starts production, how does it work regarding
you being hands-on? Example: You'll be listed as Creator but will you also
want to direct the project? If so, are there people "above" who can take your
direction and totally change it for the final product leaving you with no say in
If ABC's "V" is cancelled, are you still going to pursue funding for your "V"
Once the "V" Film has funding, who decides where the main studio is going to be?
(ie Vancouver, LA, NY, etc.?)
NEW - 02/26/10 - KEN JOHNSON next to a "V" Billboard in 1983. KEN told me the following:
NEW - 02/09/10 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! He told me about the pivotal moment in V:TO where Diana ate the guinea pig: "It was a unquestionably a seminal moment in international television.. And it was a guinea -- Somewhat freaked, but unharmed."
NEW - 02/04/10 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! He's doing well and continuing to move forward with his plans for the movie. Let's cross our claws!
NEW - 01/22/10 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! He has spoken with FAYE GRANT, MARC SINGER and ROBERT ENGLUND. All said they would be interested in being in KJ's "V" film. Yay!
NEW - 11/04/09 CONTROVERSIAL QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED BY KEN JOHNSON! Fan Greg wanted clarification on what the red "V" stands for because of the confusion in the ABC series with the Visitors being called "The V's." KEN JOHNSON's response:
"V has absolutely no connection to the word Visitors.
V is and always has been the universal symbol of Resistance against Tyranny.
I got idea for using V as the title for my original miniseries from seeing Winston Churchill holding up his two fingers as a V in the darkest days of World War II -- and from seeing so many Nazi propaganda posters with a big red V slashed across them.
Leonardo Cimino even states it loud and clear in my original as he says to some teenagers spraying graffiti, "No! -- If you are going to do it, do it right! I'll show you!" -- He takes the boy's hand and guides the spray paint onto a Visitor propaganda poster into a big red V.
"You understand?" he says -- very loud and clear -- "For Victory! -- Go tell your friends!"
Anyone who ever paid an ounce of attention to my original -- or to history -- certainly knows that.
Calling the Visitors "The V's" is pretty silly and not only totally misses the entire point in an effort to sound pseudo-hip, but denigrates the efforts of millions of Resistance fighters, many of whom died heroically in their determination to win and preserve freedom."
NEW - 10/12/09 - I just conducted a brief interview with KEN JOHNSON! He keeps us in the loop with character development for V:TSG!
IR - We know in V:TO and V:TFB, you based some character names after
people in your life. Did you do the same with V: The Second Generation?
I hope to see some of my Russian friends in the classes. Best...Kenny
NEW - 09/29/09 - Just got word that KEN JOHNSON has been invited by The New York Film Academy to teach a two-week program at the Russian Federation's Higher School of Economics, Moscow State University! The HSE is internationally recognized as "the Harvard of Russia." More details with dates on KJ's Site!
NEW - 09/01/09 - CONGRATULATIONS are in order for KEN JOHNSON! I just checked in with KJ's office and they learned this morning that the WGA arbiters have concluded the new pilot is indeed a remake. Now the WGA will resume the arbitration -- which had previously been under way -- to determine the specific credits on the pilot script. That's a separate, but far less important, issue. I also received this note from KENNY: "I was very touched by all the intensely supportive comments the fans had posted. They help keep my enthusiasm up for closing a deal to make "V The Movie."
NEW - 08/29/09 - ANOTHER OBSTACLE FOR "V." (Please NOTE this is a totally separate issue than the production shut down in Vancouver.) One of my super reliable sources has just informed me that the Writers Guild (WGA) is having a debate whether or not ABC's "V" is a remake or not. According to my source, Warner Brothers is now claiming that ABC's "V' is NOT a remake. In other words, WB has retracted everything they've stated about a re-imagining of the original "V." Why? Most likely it all boils down to money. If the ABC Pilot & Series are ruled NOT a remake, KEN JOHNSON would be denied the "Created By..." credit which he has had on all previous incarnations of "V." If there is no "Created By..." credit, then no royalty payments have to be made to the creator. WB has therefore forced the WGA to begin a special "remake arbitration" where three anonymous writers will be sent KJ's original screenplay and the new pilot script to rule on whether the new one is or is not a remake. Interesting how WB waited until after Comic Con to announce their new position. Your THOUGHTS everyone?! Post them on my Message Board. All of the "V"'s read my site so your voice will be heard!
NEW - 08/20/09 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! Someone posted on Facebook that fans of Jane Badler should write in to Ken Johnson about "V." KJ's response:
NEW - 05/15/09 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with KEN JOHNSON! Ilana sent KJ interview questions and KJ sent her back a surprise VOICE file with the answers! How cool is that?! Read the questions below and listen to the audio file HERE.
with KEN JOHNSON
NEW - 05/06/09 - KEN JOHNSON dropped me a line to let me know he had elbow surgery so it's hard for him to type! If you've recently written to him and have not heard a response, give the man some time to heal.
NEW - 04/08/09 - KEN JOHNSON responds to the question I asked him about sharing any changes or cut-outs in V:TSG The Novel. "Hi Girl... There have been no changes in the VTSG miniseries screenplay. I did create new and longer scenes for the novel. When VTSG moves forward (hopefully as a feature sequel or sequels to the remake of the original mini we're trying to get funded) then those new scenes will be incorporated into the screenplay. Meanwhile, all the new material is in the novel. xxx K"
NEW - 04/08/09 - KEN JOHNSON interview in the LA Times from 12/12/08.
NEW - 03/25/09 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "I have not read the ABC/Warners script, so I can't comment on it and probably wouldn't anyway. As I've said on my website... We are working on a daily basis -- as we have been for over a year -- to secure the financing deal that will allow us to make V The Movie the way I feel it should be made: to please fans of my original while also inviting new audiences. All the best... Kenny"
NEW - 03/19/09 - KEN JOHNSON's RE"V"LECTIONS as posted on Visitors Among Us.
NEW - 03/05/09 - KEN JOHNSON just sent me this:
"My producers and I are continuing our intense efforts to get a feature financed independently so I can make the movie which does offer a rebirth of my original V, with the storylines and characters intact and brought up to live and breathe in the 21st Century -- a movie that also sets the stage for the movie sequel: The Second Generation.
NEW - 01/28/09 - ILANA'S BRIEF BUT GREAT INTERVIEW WITH KEN JOHNSON:
1. If you are greenlit for the MOVIE version of V:TSG, would you rewrite it to co-exist with the ABC "V" (if it turns into a series) or leave it as we know it from the novel?
KJ: Though the new pilot is clearly based on my original creation, on my overall premise and on my brand name title, my existing work is entirely separate and different and will remain so. My current focus is still to set up a theatrical motion picture remake of my original 1983 miniseries and then follow it up with a sequel feature, VTSG, exactly as I have written and created it.
2. Which original "V" actors have you spoken to regarding reprising their role (or taking on a new role) in V:TSGTM? (The Movie.)
Marc, Faye, Jane and Robert Englund
Most likely, I managed to watch the pilot of the new Bionic Woman, which
I was curious about. It was not my cup of tea. Unfortunately the new
Bionic Woman's immediate precipitous descent in ratings and early
cancellation indicated that I wasn't the only one who felt that way. ---
My reasons for not watching TFB were because I knew how wonderful our
original screenplay had been and all of my actor, crew and network
friends who were involved with the production (even Brandon Tartikoff
who was president of NBC) warned me not to look at what had become of
it. I did see a short piece of it by accident once and realized that all
my friends had been dead right.
the reimagined V: Jason Hall is a very talented, honorable and genuinely
nice guy. From our very first meeting he has been very forthcoming about
his ideas and his respect for my work. I don't know Scott Peters as
well, but I wish them good luck. Barry Meyer, the CEO of Time Warner and
an old friend from our work together on my original V, has told me that
both TV and motion picture versions of V can easily exist side by side
just as the Terminator projects are currently doing and Star Trek has
done for years.
NEW - 4/23/08 - On 4/15/08 I heard from KEN JOHNSON: "I'll update you about getting V before the cameras as soon as I have something more concrete. Things are moving along, however."
NEW - 5/29/08 - As of right now, there are no plans to have V:TSG released in different languages.
NEW - 5/29/08 - KEN JOHNSON will be signing V:TSG The Novel at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, June 1 from 9:30-10:30. (Thanks Joseph!)
NEW -12/3/07 - From KEN JOHNSON: "Warners and Tor are actually closing in on finalizing the novel contract. I'm hoping for good news within a week or so."
NEW -10/23/07 - FAKE KEN JOHNSON MYSPACE PAGE ALERT! This is NOT KJ's page: www.myspace.com/kennethjohnson_42 . DO NOT ASK TO BE A FRIEND ON HERE, nor think it's real. (Thanks, Elias!)
Hi Kenny, Sorry for the intrusion but I just had to know, is this really you on MySpace?
All the best, Elias.
Thanks for the heads-up. The answer is NO -- I did not create that address nor do I know who did. I have requested that MySpace remove it immediately. While it's flattering that someone would want to do it, I cannot have anyone pretending to be me answering questions or communicating in my behalf. Thanks again for the tip.
NEW - 9/10/07 - BurntlogGifts.com , in association with KEN JOHNSON, will donate a % of $ to one of KEN's FAVORITE CHARITIES, Doctors Without Borders. You, as the buyer, will receive a 5% discount by purchasing an item(s) for yourself, friends or family. This is perfect timing for the upcoming Holiday Season! There are over 3000 products! YOU MUST TYPE IN COUPON CODE "kenjohnson" at CHECKOUT in order for your discount and for the charity donation to apply. If you have any questions, please email ilana with subject "ILANA - CHARITY"
NEW - 9/3/2007 - CLICK HERE to read the summary and see a picture of KEN JOHNSON reading V:TSG the Novel at Bionicon 2!
NEW - 8/28/07 - KEN JOHNSON'S reply regarding V:TSG The Novel being delayed: "Just a technical glitch at the publisher. No big deal. xxx Kenny."
NEW - 7/1/07 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON regarding Bionicon2 which took place this past weekend in L.A.! "The reading was splendid. Gary Graham and Michele Scarabelli from Alien Nation came to help me and they were wonderful. The audience applause went on and on and on."
NEW - 6/18/07 - KEN JOHNSON told me who came up with the Red Dust idea: KJ, Diane Frolov, Peggy Goldman, Craig Buck and my daughter, Juliet (who the character of Juliet Parrish was named after.) This stemmed from a question from fan Julian.
NEW - 2/19/2007 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON regarding the new "V" Novel! "V novel: likely October. xxx Kenny."
NEW - 1/7/2007 - KEN JOHNSON is aware of the new Bionic Woman "movie" but is not involved with it.
NEW - 10/25/06 - From Kenny's website: Though the final contracts have yet to be signed between Warners and Tor Publications, the deal for the novel of The Second Generation is now in place.Kenny has delivered the manuscript to Tor. The plan is for novel to be published in hardcover in mid-2007.
NEW - 10/02/06 - From KEN JOHNSON to ilana: "Hi... Warners is taking forever to get the domestic license deal closed on the novel, but it will happen within the month. Warner Home Video is working diligently to help find the necessary $19 million funding for the mini-series. Hopefully in this lifetime. Keep the faith. Kenny."
NEW - 3/30/06 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON ! "Some promising developments, though, in a couple of areas, but nothing I can talk about yet. KJ is adorable. xxx Kenny"
NEW - 3/13/06 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON:regarding if there's any news: "Some hopeful signs but nothing I can talk about yet. xxx Kenny
NEW - 2/5/06 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON: "Nothing yet. And I'm still pursuing some other options, but can't talk about them yet. xxx Kenny"
NEW - 12/24/05 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON:regarding his website:
I decided the photos -- particularly of the prep and rehearsal -- had been languising on my shelf for too long. It was cathartic and invigorating to go through them all and see so many dear friends, several of whom are gone, but many of whom haven't changed a bit from those glory days. It brought warmth to my heart and a flurry of smiles to my face.
I also called several of them just to catch back up. And they all want to be involved if I can ever get V moving forward again.
Best to you for Christmas and the New Year.
NEW - 12/7/05 - KEN JOHNSON'S Official Website! (thanks, Joseph!)
NEW - 10/02/05 - News From KEN!
ABC is "seriously considering" the remake version and NBC may be reconsidering.
All that and sixty cents...
NEW - 08/23/05 - News from our Zon KEN JOHNSON:
In case I haven't told you, I'm recording tomorrow a director commentary for the upcoming DVD release of my Alien Nation pilot-movie.
Fox Home Video will also be releasing all the series episodes as part of a set (which was only available previously via Columbia House by subscription.)
Naturally we're hoping that our Alien Nation movies will follow.
NEW - 08/4/05 - This just in from KEN JOHNSON:
"The latest on the V situation is this: NBC has again stalled out. Partly because they were "worried that there was suddenly too much episodic sci-fi coming on this fall." Somehow they don't compute that V wouldn't be on until next year, wouldn't be constrained by the limited budget of an episodic, is a huge Brand Name with an enormous fan base, and will be around long after the new entries have probably faded away.
And if any of the new entries are at all successful, gee, doesn't that indicate a public appetite for such shows? Warners and I can't fathom NBC's thinking, although part of it likely has to do with their calamitous descent to Number Four and the loss of a billion dollars in ad revenue.
It's ironic, because NBC was at the bottom of the barrel when I did V originally. Brandon Tartikoff told me V was one of the key programming triumphs that helped turn the network around.
The good news is that although NBC has relegated it to a back burner for now, we have strong interest from at least one other network, and there's even some interest in doing the sequel as a feature.
Continue to have patience and hold good thoughts.
NEW - 08/3/05 - Jolene Sugarbaker alerted us to a website stating that V: The Remake is no longer. Click HERE. In response to ilana's inquiry regarding this, KEN JOHNSON responded: NBC is still stalled, but there has been no formal announcement one way or the other. We have been and are exploring other options." Let's hope for the best! WRITE IN TO THE ADDRESS listed in the above V:TSG Campaign!!
NEW - 04/25/05 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "Hiya... Because I know you (and one or two others) care... Today I delivered to NBC the First Draft Screenplay for the four-hour remake of V. Hold good thoughts. xxx Kenny."
NEW - 04/15/05 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON!
Today NBC gave me the go-ahead-to-script for the 4-hour V remake, based on my new story.
Hopefully they'll like the finished screenplay.
Hopefully Warners will then be able to make an appropriate deal for production.
Only then, hopefully, might I actually be able to say Action.
And in a perfect world it will get high enough ratings to warrant a sequel. Hmmm. Wonder where I can find one?
NEW - 04/07/05 Heard from KEN JOHNSON! I can't believe how DUMB NBC is!!! "Hi...knew you'd appreciate this note I just got from NBC about the V remake:
"Do the aliens really need to arrive in all those big spaceships?
Because it'll look like you ripped off Independence Day." xxx Kenny
NEW - 02/17/05 - KEN JOHNSON told me: "Hi...I'm still awaiting NBC's response to my remake treatment. xxx K"
NEW - 01/30/05 - KEN JOHNSON in response to the fans!!!
"Thanks for the enthusiastic notes. Too early to predict if the project will ever even go to production, but I'm glad everyone has such good thoughts.
NEW - 01/29/05 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON!
Okay, so you know that my original plan was to do a sequel that would pick up the story 20 years later. NBC bought it, I wrote it, and after 18 months of going around and around, they thought it would be cool to first do a remake of the original.
Not my favorite idea, and after four more months of discussion and negotiation, I finally closed a deal with NBC yesterday to create a treatment for a remake.
I've fashioned a story which I'll deliver shortly that maintains the integrity and thematic essence of my original themes and characters while updating it to address current lifestyles and issues facing society today.
The World War Two references have been replaced by much more recent incidents from the dark side of humanity. This has allowed me to sustain the underlying power of historic resonance that made the original so compelling and so well-received by critics and audiences alike.
Could that lead to the sequel being done as a follow up? ....Gee, I sure hope so. Stay tuned.
Thanks for caring.
NEW - 11/27/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "Warners biz affairs and NBC are still haggling. There's also some feature interest. Hopefully before we're all dead. xxx Kenny." Ha! KJ cracks me up!
NEW - 10/07/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "
So here’s the update: I met with NBC about two months ago and they said, we’d prefer to first have you go back and remake the original.
unexpected and startling to me.
doing a remake is clearly not my first choice, NBC makes the strong
argument that a freshened version of the original would have a great
deal to say to a whole new generation of viewers. It is clearly the
only way they are interested in proceeding. We are unable to set up
the sequel at another network. After much consideration, I have agreed
to at least explore the
possibilities of a remake.
prospect of recapturing that original lightning-in-a-bottle is very
daunting to me, however. I also recognize the responsibility I have,
not only to myself, but to the hundreds of millions of V fans around
the world who are as fond of the original as I am.
hope is (and NBC has given me reason to believe) that if we can agree
on a remake which I feel totally respects the creative artistic
integrity of the original, if it is produced and is successful, then I
might be able to carry V onward,
ideally using the sequel script I have already written, which jumps
the story forward 20 years. That would be the best of all currently
Thanks for caring.
Thanks for caring.Kenny"
NEW - 09/17/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "Hi. An important conversation may occur next week. I'll keep you posted. xxx Kenny"
NEW - 08/16/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "Ilana...We're still weighing options. xxx K"
NEW - 07/27/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "Did you hear that the new DVD of the V Series Episodes which was released TODAY is already Number 9 on the Amazon Best Seller List?" GO US!!!!
- Heard from KEN JOHNSON: "Dear
NEW - 05/01/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "Ilana... NBC's reaction to the new four-hour draft has been fairly positive, I'm told. They are thinking of perhaps involving the Sci-Fi Channel to help defray costs, but are prohibited from talking to them until the NBC/Universal merger closes, hopefully in early May."
- Heard from KEN JOHNSON! Ilana...
NEW - 03/9/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "I wanted to let you know that the Special 200th Episode of JAG which I directed will air this Friday on CBS, at 9:00 Eastern and Pacific Time. It is very un-Jaggy, and an homage to the romantic comedies of the '40's. I hope you enjoy it. xxx Kenny"
NEW - 03/2/04 - Heard from Ken: "Hi... NBC this week has given me the go-ahead to enlarge the script to four hours. I'll be delivering the new screenplay within a fortnight. Hold good thoughts... xxx Kenny"
NEW - 01/17/04 - In October 2003, a TV poll held in the UK, 'V' came out as the 52nd scariest Film/TV series ever made! Click HERE to see the poll. Thanks Jose and Robbie!
NEW - 01/01/04 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! On 12/29/03 he told me, regarding rumors on an earlier production date of V:TSG: "Dear IIana...There is no truth to the rumor. I delivered my first draft screenplay to NBC in October and it still awaits any movement at all on their part. I'm hoping that in the New Year the glacier will begin to move...but even then, it will be verrrrrrrry slowly. All our faithful would be better served to just tuck their hopes away under their pillows for several months and wait until they hear from me. Best to you for 2004.Kenny"
- From Kenny: "Hi...Glad you had a good time with the boys [at
Chiller Theatre]. For the record, here are the steps I face:
NEW - 10/17/03 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON! "I have this week delivered the first draft screenplay to NBC and await their notes. Best... Kenny"
NEW - 9/23/03 - This just in from KEN JOHNSON: "Dear Ilana...NBC has approved my story and sent me on to screenplay. They move at a glacial pace, but nonetheless they are proceeding. No production date in mind yet, though. Best... Kenny"
NEW - 7/21/03 - From KEN JOHNSON: "Still working the story thru NBC."
NEW - 5/30/03 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON!!!! "Dear Ilana... TV Guide will break the story about the project being in development in their June 14 issue. BUT -- There is absolutely no shooting date planned at this time. I have only just delivered the first story treatment to Warners and NBC. They must approve it, I must write the screenplay, go through as many drafts as they want, determine what the budget will be, have NBC order it to production, and Warners elect to pay the necessary cost in concert with NBC. Many many many many many many many bridges yet to cross. Best... Kenny
NEW - 2/16/03 - KEN JOHNSON wrote ilana -- "Still just working out a deal with NBC and Warners -- which should take another few weeks, then I'll have to write it, then they'll have to decide if they want to go to production. Many bridges to cross. Hold your excitement. K." FYI ppl, Jane Badler, Marc Singer and Faye Grant have been signed on to do the new "V!" - ilana
NEW - 1/30/03 - KEN JOHNSON wrote ilana -- "Still trying to put a deal together with NBC and Warners. Way too early for details. xxoo Kenny"
NEW - 12/06/02 - KEN JOHNSON has news about a possible NEW "V"! Shannon T. Nutt from DVD Empire recently spoke to Ken, and Ken emailed me to confirm the possibility! From Ken: "Nothing yet, but NBC and ABC still have it under consideration. Best to you for the holidays."
NEW - 05/23/02 - Read what Ken Johnson and Joe Harnell have to say about their work in The Incredible Hulk TV series! Click HERE.
NEW - 03/09/02 - Heard from Ken Johnson! "I'm teaching a two-day seminar about directing at UCLA on April 6-7.The course is X 476.756 and people can find out more about it at here." This is your chance to learn from and meet Ken! If you sign up, be sure to mention to him you heard about it here.
NEW - 01/02/02 - Message from KEN JOHNSON! Thomas Hill (Father Andrew) passed away in 1993. His memory lives on with us and on Valerie's website (who gave us the info) at http://www.wizardsandwarriors.org .
NEW - 01/02/02 - Heard from Ken! Regarding Region 1 release of "V" the DVD - "WB had expected to sell only about 10-15,000 units here -- and so far they've sold over 125,000."
NEW - 11/07/01 - If you haven't been there yet, there was a WARNER HOME VIDEO chat on Home Theater Forum in which it states that "V:TFB" will be released on DVD summer of 2002! Click HERE to read it! Special thanks to John B, Sean D and everyone else who wrote in!
NEW - 8/28/01 - Ken Johnson told me that he's currently working on a new mini-series which is still under wraps, but the production title is "Venus Rising." Keep your eyes and ears open!
NEW - 8/05/01 - Great interview with Ken Johnson by Shannon T. Nutt (thanks Patrick!)
NEW - 7/25/01 - Ken Johnson just informed me today that the "V" DVD, which Warners expected to sell about 15,000 copies of altogether, currently has orders for 58,600!!
NEW - 06/27/01 - Brand new Interview for SciFi Channel with KEN JOHNSON! The below link is actually the advanced "preview" of the article. The actual article should be moved to it's new link on Monday. http://www.scifi.com/sfw/advance/25_interview.html
06/06/01 - Even though Warner Brother's website says the GAG REEL will be included in the "V" DVD, it's NOT. The WB web people just didn't get the correct info about deleting it from the site. According to Ken Johnson: "The gag reel is not aboard, because too many actors either wouldn't clear it or they wanted to get paid for it. Nonetheless, the DVD is very cool. I've been checking out my advance copy and I'm very pleased. Hope you will be."
NEW - 05/10/01 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON. He says for the "V" campaign, we can focus our letters to GREGG MADAY c/o Warner Brothers. 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522.
05/08/01 - I asked KEN if negotiations may be in the works for a new "V." Unfortunately, the response was "I mentioned a notion to Warners and got a ho hum. What else is new."
4/12/01 - Ken will be teaching a Master Class in Film and TV Directing at Praxis Studios in Hollywood on June 23-24, 2001. Call Praxis at 323-653-4160 for more info!
3/09/01 - See the "V" DVD Cover!
Ken gave me an update on the DVD!
1/29/01 - Heard from KEN JOHNSON today! He says, "I recorded my commentary for the DVD release last week, and will be doing the stereo matrix remix over two weeks in February. They are anticipating a June release."
01/06/01- Read a SNEAK PEAK of Dena's exclusive interview with KEN JOHNSON for the upcoming "V" Convention Souvenir Magazine! (not affiliated with any convention company). Click HERE!
1/2/01 - Just got off the phone with Ken Johnson! It is SO EXCITING speaking with him! He's such a good guy, and full of information! He will be working on the commentary for the DVD! Keep coming back to hear more details about the DVD release date! There will also be clips of "V" actors' interviews!
10/19/99 - I just got off the phone with the almighty KEN JOHNSON! I was surprised he answered the phone, so I said "Ken!" He said, "Yeah!" I basically said I'm Ilana from NJ and I was interested in finding out if he had any props from "V" he might be willing to part with. He said he did have a few of the key items, but none that he's willing to sell. He mentioned he had the "Tracker", the long ship that Donovan and Tony hopped into, as well as a few skyfighters/shuttles. So then I asked him if he knew anyone selling anything, and he said he didn't, and that he was also surprised how people are still interested in "V."
Talking to Ken Johnson is like talking to God -- it's a total religious experience.
Kenny, as his friends call him, is an enormous ball of energy packed with amazing bits of information. It's incredible the way he puts his thoughts together. And because of this, we have been given the greatest mini-series in the universe - "V".
I had the pleasure of speaking with Ken on the phone a couple of times during my Quad V Fan Club days, then at the convention in Sept.2000, and again on January 2, 2001. What a way to start out the New Year!
At the "V" Con 2000, Ken gave us an explanation of how things worked in his head when creating "V". We learned that the music (written by Joe Harnell) had special meaning. For example, remember in "V:TO" when Donovan first sees the Mother Ship and you hear "dot dot dot DASH"? That's Morse Code for for the letter "V"!
Ken also talked about the upcoming release of "V" on DVD. He's going to be working on a commentary, but there will also be interviews with the cast that were done back when "V" was being filmed! He showed the clips at the "V" convention, so those of you who weren't able to attend will be able to see all of this too!
The music for "V:TO" was done in mono, so they're working on re-mixing it into stereo for the DVD. Warner Brothers is going to do the release.
TIDBIT: If you watch the "V:TFB" credits carefully, you'll see a reference to Lillian Weezer. That's a spoof! I think Ken said that was someone's dog! If anyone can remember, please let me know asap so I can post it!
Ken said he'll try to update me when he can, so please visit back often and check the Updates page to see what's new!
of Ken's other credits, which you might be familiar with, include:
"The Bionic Woman," "The Incredible Hulk," "Alien
Nation," "The Secret of Bigfoot," "Hot Pursuit,"
"Shadow Chasers," "The Liberators," "Sherlock
Holmes Returns," "D3: The Mighty Ducks," "Steel,"
"Six Million Dollar Man" and countless others!
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