SDCC 2016: Here Are All the Details of the New Battlestar Movie So Far

Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 2:49PM
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Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 2:49PM
SDCC 2016: Here Are All the Details of the New Battlestar Movie So Far
After years of development hell, Universal finally seems to be moving forward with a new Battlestar Galactica movie. Richard Hatch (the original Apollo and Tom Zarek in the re-imagining) took the stage at SDCC today, and he gave fans all the details about the future of the Battlestar franchise.

The film has apparently been changing hands for many years, with the most recent version being penned by Westworld writer Lisa Joy and produced by X-Men heavy hitter Bryan Singer and "several [other] Academy Award-winning producers," which reportedly include Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass films. He also confirmed the rumors that Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is currently circling a deal to direct.

Singer was previously attached to direct (in one of the many previous iterations), and according to Hatch, his vision would have focused more on the classic Battlestar, while Joy's vision will likely be sleeker and more futuristic, much like both the 2004 re-imagined series and Westworld. 

It's unclear whether any of the original actors would return, but it seems that some of them would be willing, if the story called for it. Hatch called out Edward James Olmos, in particular, as being enthusiastic about more Battlestar.

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"His love and passion for Battlestar never wavers. We've both been in the business long enough to know the difference between truly brilliant and just okay."
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But what would the story be? Hatch said that he and Glen Larson were once planning a movie that centered on Pegasus and Commander Kane (which, yes please), and also threw out the possibility of incorporating elements of Caprica. Or, if it were something like his Second Coming fanmade trailer, it could include the original actors, since, like his BSG novels, it focused on the children of many of the main characters.


Regardless, Hatch thinks there could always be more Battlestar, since its sprawling universe allows for an infinite number of stories:

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"It's one of the greatest stories of all time. It's humans whose world has been destroyed, looking for a new homeland. There are a million stories you can tell."
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