Write a letter!
Well, a letter is probably the best way you can give weight to your feelings. Signing online petitions are all well and good, but in the end, it doesn’t give the recepient any real indication how much investment you have in a cause. ANYONE can take 30 seconds to sign an online petition – getting a letter requires thought, an envelope and stamp. They may sound like small things, but they show that someone has genuine investment and might be worth taking a little more seriously! Letters have helped several campaigns gain success. Letters are the spearhead of any successful revival!
Where Do I send My Letter?
20th Century Fox Television is the studio who hold the rights to Millennium. After much research and conversation, it seems logical that the campaign must focus on the rights holders rather than the broadcasting or film arm of the FOX Entertainment Group. However Frank could come back, it would have to go through 20th Century Fox Television. The buck stops with that studio. Whether it is a TV Event, mini-series, film or direct to DVD that Chris Carter would desire, these are the people he’ll be looking to sway!
How to help: Below is a direct address to send letters. Ensure all letters are polite. If you are feeling articulate, perhaps explain why Frank should come back. After all, you’re asking a studio to look at investing a lot of money – what makes Frank special? In the end, your name on a piece of paper is most important. Sending the letter trumps all else!
Michael Thorn – Senior Vice President for Drama Development for Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Gary Newman – Co-Chairman at Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Dana Walden - Co-Chairman at Twentieth Century Fox Television.
The above names can be reached at the following address:
20th Century Fox Television
Twentieth Century Fox Television
10201 West Pico Blvd
Building 103, Room 5286
Los Angeles, CA 90035
How do I write a letter?
We know how hard letter writing is for people so we have a basic letter template for you to use/augment!
Dear Mr Thorn,
I am writing to you in order to add my voice to those calling for the return of criminal profiler Frank Black from the Fox television series Millennium in a movie event.
I believe that the time is now for the return of this celebrated character and a return to the themes and concepts that drove the original series. Millennium remains one of the most innovative and influential programs in recent television history. As a Ten-Thirteen production, the series also boasts considerable crossover appeal with creator Chris Carter’s other franchise, The X-Files. Not only does Millennium retain strong fan appeal, it remains highly regarded in the entertainment industry, not least for the superb, Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of its unique protagonist, Frank Black, by star Lance Henriksen. Through Frank Black’s work as a consultant with the FBI and the mysterious Millennium Group, the series offers a thoughtful exploration of the nature and manifestations of evil in the modern world.In an interview recorded this January with Back to Frank Black—a well-established fan campaign that enjoys support from 45 countries worldwide—the three creative leads behind the series voiced their interest in the return of Millennium as a commercially viable television movie event. They also specifically cited an interest in looking to FX as a venue appropriate to matching Millennium’s tone and quality.
In this interview, series creator Chris Carter states that the return of Frank Black should represent a “reconceiving of the original idea” carried out “on a grander scale” than the original series. Carter also hints that such a return could include characters from the X-Files universe: “One of the thoughts… was to use a character like Doggett [as played by Robert Patrick] and do a cross-pollination with The X-Files.” Such a move would ensure interest from The XFiles’s dedicated fan base and undoubtedly increase the potential audience for what could be a major television event.
Frank Spotnitz, co-executive producer for the series, summed up Millennium’s enduring appeal by saying, “Millennium was about the darkness in the world, the darkness that Frank Black was trying to protect his family from, but that was inside of him as well. And the world now… has become so much more overtly dark and evil and frightening. The mood and ideas that were in Millennium have become more real and vivid to everyone, sadly. So, I do think it’s even more in keeping with the times in which we live.” Lance Henriksen, eager to resume the role of Frank Black and an active supporter of the campaign, highlighted the unique appeal of Millennium, explaining, “I just think there is a place for us that is so poignant now… It’s much morepoignant now than ever.”
Adding my own voice to theirs, joining with the campaign to return this legendary character to our screens, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to bring back Frank Black! “Evil has many faces. Hope has just one.”
The world needs this hero, now more than ever.
For further information on the Back to Frank Black campaign, please visit BacktoFrankBlack.com.