Rumours of a new Battlestar Galactica movie have been in the offing for a long time – most recently, Bryan Singer was actually attached to direct, but as always happens this didn’t come to fruition and things moved on. So say we all.
Now however, Universal would appear to be finally moving full steam ahead on a feature-length reimagining of the series, with Variety reporting that Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Captain Phillips), Scott Stuber (Ted, 47 Ronin) and Dylan Clark (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Oblivion) have all joined as producers – which should indicate that we might be seeing some casting and crew-related announcements very soon.
As yet no story details are confirmed, although considering the amount of series that have come before it, there is a lot of potential inspiration. The original 24-episode 1978 series went on to be a massive cult hit, before being followed by the relatively short-lived Galactica 1980. Despite the obvious Star Wars comparisons (indeed, Fox tried unsuccessfully to sue the creators), it became much-loved in its own right.
Even so, most people’s experience of the series started with the reimagined Battlestar Galactica in 2004, which despite taking massive liberties with the source material (such as human-looking Cylons and Starbuck being a woman) was a huge critical hit, delving into such topical subject matter as the war on terror, torture and identity.
Subsequent spinoffs Caprica and Blood & Chrome were less successful, but clearly enough time has passed for another take on the battle between the Cylons and the survivors of the Twelve Colonies. We have absolutely no idea what to expect, although if history is any indication, it’s a series that is more than open to being reinvented again and again.
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