I’m wary of posting this, really, as it’s ludicrously speculative. But I just can’t resist it – especially as we’ve had hints that there might be something interesting coming up…
Charles Armitage is someone we haven’t really talked about much on G&T – mainly because, well, there’s been no reason to. But his name pops up occasionally on Dwarf-related things, and that’s because he’s Chairman of Grant Naylor Productions. He’s also, for that matter, the agent of Chris Barrie and Doug Naylor.
And what has he got to say about Red Dwarf on his website?
“Grant Naylor continues to exploit the International Emmy and Comedy Award winning Red Dwarf, now sold in all major overseas territories. Currently in discussions to produce the first Red Dwarf Movie. In 2008 Red Dwarf will celebrate its 20th anniversary with DVD, Book, Merchandise and Mobisodes alongside TV and Online Specials.”
Now, the Movie stuff is nothing new; we’ve heard that “discussions” have been taking place for years (and see our Doug Naylor Interview for the latest on that). And for that matter, a lot of what’s mentioned there could possibly be explained by what’s already happened this year. Mobisodes we know about. New merchandise has been released this year. Books could be the audiobooks, at a pinch. And online specials could just relate to TOS, or the YouTube clips. That’s not to say that that’s the explanation for everything given there, of course – maybe we HAVE got some delicious goodies to come in those areas – but they could at least be explained away.
But: DVD? It might just refer to the R4 releases, but it would seem odd to single out just the R4 release for special mention, when they’ve already been released in R2. And the big one: TV SPECIALS? Don’t forget that this is the site of the Chairman of Grant Naylor Productions, not just a rumour made up by the proverbial spotty git in their bedroom (i.e. me).
Who knows what’s going to happen, of course. The entire list may just have just been ideas for what might happen in this anniversary year, and stuff like TV specials might never come off. Or just possibly, we might be in for a treat. It’s important to note that since 2002, we’ve known at this point in the year not only that something major was happening, but often lots of details about it – and yes, unlike some fans, I count DVDs as major news. We’ve had nothing as major so far this year, the much-welcomed re-release of the audiobooks aside. (And perhaps the Mobisodes, which as an ongoing Dwarf production, should feel like major news… but kinda doesn’t.) It’s just possible this might be our big news of the year… or it might just be a big pile of nonsense based on one paragraph of abandoned plans and/or marketing hype. Who knows?
(As an aside, it’s perhaps only fair to point out how amazing it is that there really HAS been something major happening each year since 2002, when we’ve not had a new series since 1999. And it’s also only fair enough to say that the Dwarf fan community all too often sits on its arse and WAITS for something good to come their way, rather than actually getting involved – something we’re not exactly immune to either. But that’s a whole other discussion…)
Anyway, it’ll be… “interesting” to see what happens. We’ll keep you posted if we find anything else – and you may start speculating… NOW: