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Universal’s ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot Adds Producer Michael De Luca

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“The Social Network” producer Michael De Luca has joined Universal’s “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, which is intended to draw inspiration from the original 1978 series rather than Syfy’s 2004 reboot. According to TrackingBoard, De Luca was added in order to “jumpstart” the film, which has been in development since 1999.

De Luca is an Oscar-nominated producer, having helmed films like “American History X,” “Captain Philips” and “Moneyball.” According to the report, he describes himself a “huge ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fanatic.”

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer is also on board to produce through his Bad Hat Harry banner, with Jay Polidoro is overseeing for Universal Pictures. “Transcendence” scribe Jack Paglen will pen the script.

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.”

Comments

  • Peter Westberg

    Stay true to it’s roots and keep Moore away….far away….and it’ll do great. The story stands on it’s own, always has, always will.

  • Peter Westberg

    Stay true to it’s roots and keep Moore away….far away….and it’ll do great. The story stands on it’s own, always has, always will.

  • Virdun

    While Moore’s humanoid Cylons were a cost saving measure – that shouldn’t be necessary for a film. Having said that – Moore’s version brought human elements to the story and a grittier feel. I definitely do not want to see an ABC version of this franchise on the big screen. Maintain the “robots” versus human vision of the original – but implement the storytelling of Moore and you’ll have a success… hoping for the best with this one!

  • Lance Bakore

    The ORIGINAL version of the new BSG that was killed by the 9-11 attacks had this same crew, and the pre-production work was AMAZING. Can’t wait to see it. :D

  • John

    What is the source of this news? Not seeing it anywhere else.

  • John

    What is the source of this news? Not seeing it anywhere else.

  • ohedron42

    In the ORIGIN of the series, the CYLONS were NOT, NOT made by humans. but by a race of reptilians that understood that to arms with hands and two legs could conquer the galaxy. They decided that HUMANS were the biggest threat to their domination.
    LEARN THE HISTORY!!!!!

  • Ron Sammond Jr.

    NERD RAGE!!!!

  • Steven Burgas

    Nope.

    This sounds like a travesty, and is not needed nor wanted.

  • Steven Burgas

    Um…

    No.

    The Moore version is a masterpiece. The original is Mormon propaganda of the worst kind.

  • james

    not needed for sure moores version was awesome and i loved it

  • Hypestyles

    they’re going to have to step things way up with the special effects. Totally new character designs, totally new ship designs, all new weapons, including hand-held laser swords, for example.
    PS: where is Richard Hatch?

  • DarkstarG

    I was a HUGE fan of the original BUT I did grow to absolutely love the 2004 version as well. There was nothing wrong with it. However it will be nice to see what they can do with this reboot. I will be enjoying both the old and the new series while waiting for this one.

  • Ted Wojtasik

    Yes, and that was a totally GAY story. The original sucked and as said above was Mormon propaganda. Plus, who the hell would wear leisure suits in space???

  • Ted Wojtasik

    He is leading the revolution MAN!

  • genecrazy

    lmao, your opinion is just stupid.

  • Gerardo E. Paje Jr.

    Moore’s version was a masterpiece of design, character development, script, musical score, etc.

    Brilliant television that is still held in high acclaim and regard.

  • Douglass Abramson

    Three series? If you’re counting the one from 1980, we’ll pretend that you didn’t say anything and NEVER speak of it again.

  • Robert Pollock

    Is it that time for another reboot of Battlestar?!? My my how time flys…

  • mikkej2k

    Hehehehe , that’s funny. I guess it will be on with Greatest American Hero reboot.

  • haha

    Oh you cray cray

  • haha

    Oh you cray cray

  • haha

    Oh you so stupid

  • haha

    I missed that one in history class. Nerd Rage indeed!

  • haha

    Yo mama did sucka!

  • haha

    Travesty like Darfur or just PB&J with the crust still on travesty. NERD

  • haha

    LORNE GREENE IS THE MAN!

  • haha

    Are we talking about The Mona Lisa because that was a masterpiece. SCI-FI NERD

  • haha

    Galactica 1980 was the best show ever. Those flying motorcycles were the coolest.

  • haha

    keep it short and stupid insted of y’know… long and stupid

  • Douglass Abramson

    The motorcycles might not be the only thing that’s flying. :)

  • Ian Carnel

    it may have been mormon propaganda, but it was a fun telling of the story.

  • Silent Political Yeoman

    You do know the creator of Battlestar Galactica also created the original Knight Rider, right?

  • Deenohh

    The “original” was a ham fisted attempt to ripoff Star Wars. That”s why it lasted but a single season and went down in flames. It featured bad acting and awful plots. I have no doubt a movie will be just as successful..

  • Deenohh

    The “original” was a ham fisted attempt to ripoff Star Wars. That”s why it lasted but a single season and went down in flames. It featured bad acting and awful plots. I have no doubt a movie will be just as successful..

  • Anonymous

    Is a reboot really necessary? Wait another 10 years at least… yeesh.

  • kevinharoun

    Moore would disagree with you, that’s why he made his series.

    And really, can anyone call the last season a “masterpiece”?

  • Dan Prichard

    All this has happened before, and all this will happen again….

  • John Higson

    Yes, one of the best things to have ever been on TV. OK, maybe not the last season…..

  • John Higson

    Two seasons ,I think……

  • Mark Wilson

    I agree! I liked the FX in the new series but hated how the characters had to change their sex (Starbuck, Boomer) for no real reason at all!

  • Steven Burgas

    And? So? Who cares about another terrible show?

  • Steven Burgas

    Nah, it was terrible in the seventies, and is terrible now.

  • Deenohh

    A single season my brother….unless you want to count the train wreck that was BSG-1980.

  • Scott Schear

    Hmmm… Knight Rider.That does not lend credibility to your argument.

  • mel

    they knew. they knew

  • D00000m

    Pshaw! Your faces are stoopid!

  • D00000m

    Pshaw! Your faces are stoopid!

  • Lee Watts

    all this has happened before and all this will happen again .. and again and again

  • Carl Benge

    Actually it was two seaons…Galactica 1980 would ve been a third season…

    Part of the reason Battlestar Galactica was so bad writing wise no one expected it to be more than a 2 episode miniseries…but it was so popular at the time they had to hurry up and write a bunch of shows (Gene Roddenbury had the same issues with Star Trek)…The second season was real bad…they turned to the 1970s formula of having has been stars come on making guest appearnces just like Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

  • Carl Benge

    Actually it was two seaons…Galactica 1980 would ve been a third season…

    Part of the reason Battlestar Galactica was so bad writing wise no one expected it to be more than a 2 episode miniseries…but it was so popular at the time they had to hurry up and write a bunch of shows (Gene Roddenbury had the same issues with Star Trek)…The second season was real bad…they turned to the 1970s formula of having has been stars come on making guest appearnces just like Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

  • bardgal

    Making those two characters female made them a million times better, and made the series more interesting as a whole.

  • bardgal

    Making those two characters female made them a million times better, and made the series more interesting as a whole.

  • bardgal

    Get back under your bridge, troll.

  • http://indominds.com/index.html#about tinker@indominds.com

    Cannot believe that it is 12 years since the last reboot.

    I loved both version and watched the original series over and over and over again.

    I still take out “The Night The Cylons Landed” every Halloween.

    I thought that a price was a beautiful and very original spinoff.

    I cannot wait for this version either.

    Sent from my HTC

  • http://indominds.com/index.html#about tinker@indominds.com

    It explains why someone who grew up in popeish Ireland is drawn to Mormonism. It is the only religion that makes provision for alien civilisations.

  • naftoirtap

    The ingredients are there, good overall story background, action, semi-developed characters, room to let the FX fly, its just how well it can be cooked up.

  • Michael

    The reason it last only one season is because the studios 1 million dollars per episode to produce, which was alot of cash for a TV network in the late-70s. “Battlestar Galactica” did really well in the ratings despite the fact they started recycling old plots from movies midway thru the season.

  • Douglass Abramson

    There was no 1980 show, it was just a bad, bad, bad, bad dream.

  • aramis_erak

    And it won a huge market share – it was the thing to beat that year… and no one could.

  • aramis_erak

    It’s definitely wanted. Not by the same crowd that liked the “reimagined” series, but by the many tens of thousands who wrote hate mail to SciFi over the reimagining… A surprisingly large number of people like morality plays…

  • aramis_erak

    We (the fans of the original) are still waiting for a reboot, as opposed to a “reimagine from first principals” like Moore did.

  • http://www.gobsmackcomics.co.uk Gobsmack Comics

    The original kicks the crap out of the reboot. End of!

  • http://www.gobsmackcomics.co.uk Gobsmack Comics

    Nope, had they made Starbuck female but not tried to make her character the same as Dirk Benidict’s portrayal then it would have been interesting as it was it was just daft.

  • http://www.gobsmackcomics.co.uk Gobsmack Comics

    Now did you notice it was Mormon propaganda or have you come to that conclusion after someone else mentioned it? Depending on how old you are I sincerely doubt than when you originally watched it you sat there thinking, “Wow, look at all this Mormon propaganda!”

  • Steven Burgas

    Not everyone is a child like you.

  • Sean F

    Let both stand on their own. I remember the original BSG in first run when I was a kid. I loved it back then, but as I have gone back and re-watched it…it went “Batman” campy in real short order. It had the potential to be a great series, but the addition of the cartoonish elements like the orange monkey dog “Muffet” and the two robots on the earth-like planet…really dumbed it down. Galactica 1980…yet another that had potential…but was HORRIBLE.

    The reboot in 2004 was some of the best television ever.

    I’d like to see a reboot of the original concept, and have it done without the camp.

  • Steven Burgas

    Nah. The original sucked ass.

  • http://www.gobsmackcomics.co.uk Gobsmack Comics

    Hardly, but thanks for the compliment!

  • Gareth O’Toole

    I could not agree more! Man made machines rising to destroy their creators has been done to death. The Cylons need mystery, and an Imperious Leader….

  • Gareth O’Toole

    Watch the Richard Hatch interview. They could NOT make an episode in a week, leading to it being cancelled. Ratings were never a problem

  • Douglass Abramson

    I don’t know where this idea that the original show lasted two seasons came from, but its not correct. Copied from IMBD’s page for the classic show:

    Seasons: 1 Years: 1979 1978

    One season that aired during the Fall 1978 to the Spring 1979. Trust me, I was there. I remember. Larson’s Buck Rodgers lasted two seasons on NBC, but Galactica only lasted one. The ratings warranted a second season, but ABC and Universal could not agree on the network’s per-episode fee and the show was cancelled.

  • Silent Political Yeoman

    You’re looking for an argument where there is none. I simply stated that Glen A. Larson also created another show from the ’80s that ran for four successful seasons, in case some people were fans of that series.

  • Emilio Cortez

    About all the two versions of BSG have in common is the destruction of the twelve colonies and the human-cylon war. From there they run in completely different directions with the story; I liked both actually, and the fact that the 2004 version wasn’t just a retread of the original with better special effects makes a revival of the 1978 Galactica possible.

    Does anyone know if this is a reboot or a sequel? I know that at one point Richard Hatch tried developing a new show set a generation into the voyage, where Apollo had inherited command of the Galactica from his father. He even spent some of his own money to produce a trailer for the networks. For whatever reason the project never got off the ground though. Is this new BSG that show, resurrected, or will they recast and start again in the colonies with the cylon surprise attack? And is this a movie (possibly the first of several) or a pilot for a second TV series?