It seems after an extremely successful TV reboot, and a number of less successful attempts at spin-offs, the folk at Universal are going back to their original plan, and rebooting the 70’s show again, but this time for the big screen.
Universal today announce that Michael De Luca, producer of The Social Network, Captain Phillips, and Fifty Shades of Grey (amongst many many other films!) has signed on to produce another reboot of Battlestar Galactica. This time it will be a feature film, not connected with the 2004 tv reboot, but based of the original 70’s TV show. This was actually Universal’s original plan back in the late 90’s, but the feature idea got shelved when Syfy (or Sci-Fi as it was then) picked up the tv rights.
As i’m sure you’re aware if you’re reading this, Battlestar Galactica told the story of a group of survivors from 12 planets who escape their homes after an attack from the robotic Cylons. Now based on a flotilla of spacecraft lead by the Galactica, they search the universe to find a mythic thirteenth planet named Earth.
Bryan Singer is onboard as exec producer, and has been rumoured as a possible director for a while, and there is currently a script circling from Transcendence and Alien: Covenant writer Jack Paglen.
I’m not entirely convinced this is a good idea, as the rebooted TV show was so well done, it feels a bit soon to be rebooting it entirely again. Then again, the 2004 reboot didn’t have Muffit the robotic dog sidekick in it, so if they rectify that travesty, I could be convinced. ;)