Universal Revives ‘Battlestar Galactica’ For Film Reboot

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Variety reports Universal Pictures has stepped up development on a film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica.

Prometheus 2 scribe Jack Paglen has signed on to write the screenplay, which will completely reboot the property for the big screen. Original series creator Glen Larson is on board to produce.

Although Bryan Singer was rumored as far back as 2009 to be interested in helming a big-screen version of the space opera, an adaptation briefly flickered to life in 2011, with John Orloff penning the screenplay, before fading away once more.

Three Battlestar Galactica series have aired on television since 1978, although it was Ronald D. Moore’s 2004 reimagining for Syfy that drew acclaim. The series ran for four seasons, focusing on the core conflict between the humans and the Cylons, a cybernetic race created by humans that gained sentience. It spawned a short-lived spinoff series Caprica as well as webseries Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

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  • xaos

    Seems a bit soon for a third incarnation…

  • batGRRRl4ever

    And the last incarnation made President Laura Roslin part of the mythos, and I’ll bet the character will be scrubbed completely for this movie reboot.

  • XSpectreGreyX

    After Robocop, I feel even worse about reboots. They can be good, but it seems like rebooting has just become a way to get a quick cash-in these days. I know quality varies, but this one kinda doesn’t feel right, and kinda too soon as well.

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  • Vizator

    Ugh, enough with the reboots and remakes already! They all suck!

  • WatcherII

    “Three Battlestar Galactica series have aired on television since 1978, although it was Ronald D. Moore’s 2004 reimagining for Syfy that drew acclaim.”

    Typical contemporary short hand. 2004 had it’s own majesty, I take absolutely nothing away from it. 1980…, we’ll leave that in obscurity where it belongs. The first series lasted for nearly 30 some odd years on one season as a cult favorite and a delight for several following generations. Several of the tropes and the angles much exploited in the 2004 series originated in the 1977 original. BSG in general is an acclaimed franchise and certainly not the cumulative work of one man. Do news and report news and stop with the bite sized short hand. Nothing is ever as black and white as you people make it out to be.
    Oh and a reboot will probably be a bad idea… ;)