Every now and again we hear about a Battlestar Galactica film, but nothing concrete. Clearly inspired by Star Wars, the original 1978/ 1979 TV series, produced by Glen A. Larson, which I used to love as a kid, starred Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch and was about humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth. In 2004, Ronald D Moore produced a reboot series starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, which is considered by many to improve on the original series. I never saw it myself, but I know that it was a much more serious, even paranoid, series.
In 2009, director Bryan Singer was rumoured to be helming a Battlestar Galactica movie, but we heard nothing more. Then around two years ago we heard that Universal were planning a film version, apparently it still revolving around the familiar storyline of humans battling against the Cylons. Larson was set to produce the film, while Transcendence writer Jack Paglen was set to pen the script. But again, we heard nothing for ages, until yesterday The Hollywood Reporter announced:
“Battlestar Galactica! Producer Michael De Luca is teaming up with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to get this new version off the ground in the hopes of creating a whole new sci-fi series.”
We don’t know yet if Paglen is still writing the script, but there’s one thing I’m pretty sure of – it’s the huge commercial success of the new Star Wars movie that has made them have a go at bringing Apollo and Starbuck to the screen once again.