Just an idea, and most of this is fan wanking so take it with a grain of salt, what if this movie/special/whatever-the-fuck lead into two of the same thing. I’m talking a Red Dwarf trilogy.
Maybe if this coronavirus fiasco gets handled (though unlikely, tbh) quick enough, we can kickstart production into the second one during the summer, and maybe release it during Christmas or next Easter?
Certainly possible as Richard Naylor said on twitter when the special was announced that “There was an option to make two specials back to back but wanted to test the format first”. So you could certainly make the leap to think that if this goes well then there might be 2 or 3 more.
I thought this thread was going to suggest that Back in the Red, Back to Earth and The Promised Land are the Red Dwarf cinematic trilogy.
I definitely think that specials are the way to go forward from now on. And it was a sentiment echoed by others when leaving the recording. Red Dwarf has had sixty-odd single episodes so now, as it is in its final few years, a few big stories are the best way to go.
>Were the last few seasons needed to get there or could Doug have just gone with specials since 2009 do you think though?
Absolutely they were needed in order to get the tone and style of modern Dwarf right. And I don’t think you could jump from BTE to an audience based special. I feel like now we are in the happy medium of what Dave wanted after BTE, what Doug wanted and what the fans wanted.
Were the last few seasons needed to get there or could Doug have just gone with specials since 2009 do you think though?
Without them we wouldn’t have this culture of new Red Dwarf being the norm, if we just had this special everybody would be bitching about the VIII cliffhanger getting resolved whereas now that Red Dwarf is just a normal thing again, we can have a fresh start.
Plus we wouldn’t have been able to use material built for the previous series like the bunkroom, Kryten’s new makeup, the cast’s costumes, the science room. We’d had to build them all new and that would’ve limited the budget.