I think you all need to take a step back and look at this logically. Let's look at the facts:
1. After a TV series ends, the only way to get it restarted or a movie made is if it's standalone
. It has to be acceptable and understood on face value, no prior knowledge needed. No show can ever get backing if they are set on it being a straight continuation. This is a monetary reason; financiers refuse to trust that everyone are die-hard fans, and have just watched the boxed set. So they have to pander to Joe Newbie, who might purchase the ticket on a whim or recommendation, though not a fan. So either it's the perfect continuation (and is therefore a huge box-office risk, costing a fortune to make) or it's some sort of newer rehash (altered and flashy enough to grab investors).
2. So, movie-wise, to get around #1 there's two options.
First is to go animated. I cringe at this idea, seriously. The Star Wars movies were good, but the new cartoon series version is an abomination I wouldn't subject myself to if paid. It tends to be the kiss of death. Remember the Batman cartoon movie a few years back? No? That's my point. If you want an audio adventure, make an audio adventure. Don't distract us with some artist's awful concept of what our Dwarfers look like in caricature. Would you try and do a real-life version of The Smurfs? No. It's just as bad going the other way.
The other option is to pull a Serenity, or a Doctor Who. In both those cases, the premise was re-set-up, re-explained, while still catering to the die-hard fans. In the first, it was as though time passed, but nothing else had changed. It gave Firefly fans goose bumps of familiarity, while tying off and giving a real (sorely needed) ending to the series. In Doctor Who, due to aging actors and nature of the show, they kind of started a new chapter, years later. They eventually brought in lots of original stars, but now the age difference was explained, acceptable. I think that sort of thing would be perfectly acceptable to RD fans. Heck, even McCoy made an appearance in ST:TNG for the older fan tie-in.
3. Here's where the speculation comes in. Does Red dwarf come back as:
a) A very low-budget series of audio episodes voiced by original actors, akin to Doctor Who's Big Finish series
b) A lower-budget straight-to-DVD cartoon or CGI movie, voiced over by the original actors
c) A medium-budget filmed movie, starring all new actors portraying the original crew
d) A higher-budget filmed movie, starring the original cast, set in the future to explain aging
I think we all desperately want option d. However, a or b would be easiest and most appealing to the creators; tiny investment, so any return is good. Choice c would likely repeat the fiasco that was Red Dwarf USA, and I hope to heck someone's learned from their mistakes in that area. We all know what Lister looks and sounds like... don't insult us again
So you see the bind we're in here. I'm sure we'd all be ecstatic if a Red Dwarf movie brought back the entire cast, gray hairs and all. I'd personally take the campy sets (hell, they can be made of cardboard for all we care, right?), low budget props, and CGI sequences done in monochrome on an Apple IIe. That's not what we watched it for. The acting, the writing, the dialog, the facial expressions.... this
is Red Dwarf to me. Anything else is a sad, pale imitation, comparable to painful fan-films. I think us dedicated dwarfers deserve at least a single mini-Serenity-esque one hour episode to round off and complete the series. Sure, it could be long and glorious, but isn't a twenty-minute skit with the old crew finally getting home and living happily in Fiji better than nothing? (Sheep in waterwings? Wet-look knitwear? ...anyone?)
It's now the 20th anniversary. Three days ago Robert Llewellyn has dropped a hint that at least there is
a future for Red Dwarf. The main Red Dwarf website says they are keeping a wonderful secret. Supposedly everything will be known soon, or at least by August 24, 2008, when Robert tells all in Seattle. What will the future hold?
We can only hope.