Universal Aim For Reimagining Of Battlestar Galactica With A New Movie
Universal Studios are reportedly reviving efforts to create a new standalone movie version of the popular sci-fi franchise, Battlestar Galactica. Variety reports today that Jack Paglen, the man who penned Transcendence, has been signed to write the screenplay for a movie that the studio hopes will be a "reimagining" of a now iconic science fiction tale.
Battlestar Galactica began life as a TV series created by Glen. A Larson in 1978 and has since spawned multiple reboots and spin-offs. The franchise came back to public consciousness in 2003 when Ronald D. Moore's mini series aired starring Edward James Olmos as the legendary Commander Adama. That mini-series proved popular enough to spawn a full-length TV series that was originally aired by the UK's Sky network before being picked up by SyFy in the US.
In 2009, it was widely reported that Bryan Singer had been signed by Universal to direct a feature length picture, but by the time things could progress, Singer was committed to directing Jack the Giant Slayer. However, with this announcement it looks likely that Universal are giving a Battlestar Galactica movie one more push, albeit with Paglen writing the script and not Greg Orloff as originally expected.
Whether or not there is a hunger for more exploration of the Battlestar Galactica universe remains to be seen. However, by distancing any potential feature length movie from the 2004 TV series, Universal give themselves the option to explore what is a wildly entertaining tale. Let's just hope they get the ending right this time.