Two Years Later, 'Battlestar Galactica' Starts Over Again

Two Years Later, 'Battlestar Galactica' Starts Over Again

Feb 11, 2016

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica ruled the airwaves for science fiction fans as a rather goofy TV show in the late 1970s and then again as a more serious drama on basic cable, running from 2003 through 2009, followed by a prequel series. Ever since then, a big-screen version has been touted, most recently nearly two years ago, when we heard that Jack Paglen (Trandescence) would be writing "a complete reimaging of the story."

Now comes word that the project is starting over yet again with three new producers, Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades of Grey, Dracula Untold) and the team of Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark (Ted 2, the upcoming The Free State of Jones). According to The Hollywood Reporter, no writers are currently attached, which would appear to indicate that Paglen's script did not find favor with Universal studio executives. Neither is Glen Larson mentioned; the show's creator was listed as a producer in 2014.

There is talk, again, of the movie serving as a launching pad for a new franchise. De Luca, a veteran producer, is not a specialist in science fiction or genre pictures, although recently he served as executive producer on Childhood's End,  a miniseries that reimagined a classic sci-fi novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Stuber has more often produced comedies, while Clark's relatively few credits include the three recent Planet of the Apes movies, as well as Tom Cruise's sci-fi epic Oblivion.

What does that mean for Battlestar Galactica? First of all, modern sci-fi movies tend to be more expensive to produce because of all the special effects required, so at some point a star of some magnitude will be needed to attract potential audiences. While fans loved Admiral Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the newer series), Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), Boomer (Grace Park), Number Six (Tricia Helfer) and others, if the new movie will reimagine the series, we can expect an all new set of characters.

We'll have to wait until the selection of a writer to get some idea of what the new producers have in mind. The strengths of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica series, developed by Ronald D. Moore, were not dependent on the special effects and the battles; instead, it was a series that was more interested in social issues and its characters, which is why so many longtime sci-fi fans fell in love with it. We can only hope that a new movie will follow in its footsteps, at least in spirit.

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