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“Battlestar Galactica” is coming back — again — this time to the big screen with Michael De Luca (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Scott Stuber as producers, along with Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. The Universal film, based on the iconic 1970s sci-fi series and 2003 revival, is in the early stages of development but has yet to find a writer. Created by Glen A. Larson, the first “Battlestar Galactica” series premiered in 1978 and starred Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, focusing on a group of humans’ bloody war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth. Also Read: Danny McBride »
- Debbie Emery
Way back in 2009, Universal Pictures announced plans to bring Battlestar Galactica back to the big screen, following the success of Ronald D. Moore's hit Syfy series which ended its run that year. Over the years, Bryan Singer was attached to direct at one point, although be parted ways with the project in 2014. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the studio is taking another crack at the big-screen project, with producers Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark boarding the project.
We last reported on the Battlestar Galactica movie back in 2014, when Transcendence writer Jack Paglen was brought on to work on the script. Back in 2011, John Orloff (Anonymous) signed on to write the script, which was said, at the time, to be based on the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV series, and not the 2003 Battlestar Galactica remake series. The project doesn't currently have any writers attached, »
It was late last week when director Josh Boone pumped the breaks on his rendition of The Stand to focus on another Stephen King novel, Revival. Having already penned a script for the project, Boone’s adaptation is perhaps further along than many initially released, and now Entertainment Weekly reports that Samuel L. Jackson is in contention for a key part.
If EW is to be believed, The Hateful Eight star is circling the role of Reverend Charles Jacobs, a sinister and enigmatic character whose mere presence is enough to drive the residents of a small New England town to the brink of insanity. It’s a tragic role, too, given Jacobs loses his wife and child to a tragic accident, leading him down a dark role that results in dabbling with the supernatural.
First published in 2014, the official logline for Revival describes King’s thriller as so:
In a small New England town, »
- Michael Briers
This truly is the age of sci-fi revivals. The Star Wars franchise just kicked off a new era of live action entries with The Force Awakens last December. The Star Trek movie reboots have been performing well since 2009, and CBS will bring the property back as an online series in 2017. However, one project that hasn’t gained much traction lately is Universal’s theatrical Battlestar Galactica reboot. The last major update we got was in 2014, and since then news on its development has been almost nonexistent. Well, evidently it’s still a go, as they’ve just brought aboard a successful producer. The Social Network’s Michael de Luca has signed on to produce Battlestar Galactica, according to The Tracking Board. This doesn’t provide any new details on the movie’s creative direction, but de Luca reportedly describes himself as a " »
De Luca finalized a three-year first-look deal to produce movies for Universal Pictures last year and is producing the next two “Fifty Shades of Grey” films. Stuber and Clark operate through Bluegrass Films, based at Universal.
Variety reported in April 2014 that original series creator Glen Larson was on board to produce the “Battlestar Galactica” film at Universal with “Transcendence” writer Jack Paglen on board. Larson died later that year.
There have been four “Galactica” TV series (including the brief “Galactica 1980” and “Caprica”). The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth.
In 2003, a reimagined »
- Dave McNary
Looks like Star Trek and Star Wars are set to have another competitor in the near future. While not quite as beloved and mainstream as those two series, Battlestar Galactica is a well-respected property in its own right. From the short-lived original series in the late 1970s, to the more recent (and more revered) mid-2000s series, Battlestar certainly has the capacity to be a huge mainstream hit if handled properly.
A live-action film has been in development since 1999, and several years after the run of the mid-2000 series, it seems like now is as good a time as any to trudge forth with a feature film. Universal has now hired producer Michael De Luca to take on the project, The Tracking Board reports.
There is very little information on the film itself, but it's said not to be connected with the 2004 series, but will be drawing from the original 1978 series. »
- Joseph Medina
The story follows a group of humans who survived a surprise attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons, which decimated the human civilizations of the twelve planets. The survivors were led by the warship Galactica to find a mythic thirteenth planet named Earth.
The project has been in development since 1999, years before Ron Moore's much acclaimed 2003 TV series reboot on Syfy. When that series happened the project was iced, but with time having now passed and space opera back in vogue thanks to the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Star Trek" and "Star Wars," it comes as little surprise Universal wants in on some of that action.
The feature version is expected to be wholly separate from the »
- Garth Franklin
The big screen take on Battlestar Galactica has taken a slow shuffle forward...
Well, the box office returns of Star Wars: The Force Awakens may just have had studios scrambling to their cupboards to see what sci-fi and space projects they have locked away there. Universal? It's found its long-in-gestation big screen take on Battlestar Galactica.
Once upon a time, Bryan Singer was set to bring this one to the screen, based more on the original television series than the Sci-Fi channel reboot. Singer, though, then rejoined the X-Men movie franchise (which has taken up a fair amount of his subsequent time), and his next film after this summer's X-Men: Apocalypse is 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Fox.
He remains involved with Battlestar Galactica we understand, and is still the only director we know of attached to the project. He's certainly still serving as executive producer at least. »
If the Fifty Shades franchise was placed on a temporary hiatus in 2015 – backroom drama likely didn’t help matters – then Universal is ready to fire up production once again with plans to shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and its sequel Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back.
What that means is the studio’s erotic adaptation is fast becoming a hive of activity, now that Kim Basinger and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies actress Bella Heathcote have been enlisted for next year’s Darker. But make no mistake, Universal is playing the long game with its lucrative franchise, as evidenced by today’s casting of Arielle Kebbel in Fifty Shades Freed.
Best known for her role opposite Dwayne Johnson in HBO’s Ballers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Kebbel has joined the threequel as Gia Matteo, a beautiful architect and, surprise, former flame to Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. Drawing jealously from »
- Michael Briers
“Ballers” actress Arielle Kebbel is set to play Christian Grey’s architect in “Fifty Shades Freed,” the franchise finale that is shooting back-to-back with “Fifty Shades Darker,” TheWrap has learned. James Foley is directing the “Fifty Shades” sequels for Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing with Marcus Viscidi and author E.L. James, whose husband, Niall Leonard, adapted both books. The sequels find Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprising their respective roles as Anastasia Steele and Grey. Also Read: Kim Basinger to Play Christian Grey's Former Lover in 'Fifty Shades Darker' They »
- Jeff Sneider
Casting is beginning to heat up on the set of Universal’s erotic sequel Fifty Shades Darker, with news emerging that Australian actress Bella Heathcote has been cast in the role of Leila, one of Christian Grey’s former flames that looks set to put his relationship with Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele to the sword.
Word of Heathcote’s casting arrives by way of Deadline, confirming that the star will join a cast that currently boasts Jamie Dornan as the manipulative billionaire, Johnson and, as we learned recently, Kim Basinger as Bdsm expert Elena Lincoln. Behind the lens, James Foley is attached to direct both next year’s sequel and 2018’s trilogy-capper, Fifty Shades Freed, with screenwriter Niall Leonard by his side to adapt both installments of E.L. James’ worldwide record-breaker.
Shouldering a particular brand of expectation, Universal’s will no doubt he hoping that Foley’s Fifty Shades Darker »
- Michael Briers
Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini are also returning to the cast, with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing along with James and Marcus Viscidi. Niall Leonard and “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James are penning the script.
The first installment in the series was a massive hit, grossing $560 million worldwide, including $166 million domestically. Heathcote can currently be seen in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” opposite Lily James and Sam Riley. She’s also in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon, »
- Justin Kroll
A Revival film is being plotted by Josh Boone. The planned movie will be based on Stephen King‘s source novel, which was first published in 2014, and is being fast-tracked to the movies with Boone leaving his long-planned adaptation of the author’s The Stand to one side, for the moment.
Revival’s story spans five decades, and is a tale of addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. Here’s the description from Amazon.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. »
- Paul Heath
If you've seen Stuck in Love, then you know Josh Boone is a huge Stephen King fan. The author has a key voice cameo in the film and his novel It is discussed passionately on more than one occasion. While Boone has been writing a big screen version of The Stand, he's now focused on adapting another, more recent, King novel: Revival.
Deadline reports that Boone is set to direct and has written the screenplay for a feature film adaptation of Revival, King's 2014 novel about a preacher's dangerous dealings with the healing powers of electricity—a nerve-jangling journey witnessed by his younger assistant. The completed script is now awaiting the green light at Universal, with Boone hoping to hit the gas pedal on the project and begin filming later this year with backing from producer Michael De Luca.
Prior to turning his attention to Revival, Boone was (and still is »
- Derek Anderson
While Hollywood has been adapting Stephen King.s stories for decades, lately the attempts to make movies based on his books have been going more slowly. The Dark Tower movie only just started making some progress over the last several months, and while Idris Elba is now the frontrunner to play the lead, it has yet to be greenlit. Now there.s word that the cinematic version of The Stand has also been delayed yet again, ironically due to another Stephen King book being brought to the big screen. Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars and writer of projects like Vampire Chronicles and New Mutants, recently co-penned an adaptation of King.s 2014 novel Revival with King himself and producer Michael de Luca. They have since submitted the script to Universal, and according to Deadline, it.s likely it will "find a home" either there or at another »
The Fault in Our Stars helmer Josh Boone has spent the last two years wrangling his big-screen rendition of Stephen King’s The Stand into shape. Last we reported, Matthew McConaughey was in line to play one of the lead villains, Randall Flagg, in a series that would seemingly span one single R-rated feature and even a Showtime miniseries.
But Deadline brings word that Boone has placed the sprawling adaptation on the shelf for the time being, filling his time by, well, adapting another Stephen King novel. This time it’s 2014’s Revival that’s poised to leap onto the silver screen, and word is that the director has already finalized a script. Working in tandem with producer Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey), the project has been pitched to Universal, though the outlet notes it may yet find a different home.
Here’s the official »
- Michael Briers
Boone has already penned the script with Michael De Luca attached to produce. The film is currently not set up at a studio, but sources indicate that Universal will get a first look, since De Luca does have a production deal with the studio.
Published in 2014, the book follows a preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in an accident. He soon becomes obsessed in his experimentation into the healing power of electrical current, positioning him to act as God-like faith healer.
Intertwined with the preacher is a young man with demons of his own, who has benefited from the preacher’s talents and becomes a reluctant accomplice to his deadly obsession.
King previously tapped Boone to adapt his best-seller “The Stand” into a feature film. Boone is »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Josh Boone, who since directing the hit adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars has been scripting to direct such high-profile projects as the Anne Rice novel adaptation of Vampire Chronicles and X-Men: The New Mutants, has found what he hopes will be his next film. On spec and in concert with producer Michael De Luca and author Stephen King, Boone has penned an adaptation of Revival, based on King's 2014 bestseller about a charismatic… »
The story follows a charismatic preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in a tragic accident. Unhinged from the religion, the preacher ruthlessly experiments with the healing but dangerous power of electrical current, positioning himself as God-like faith healer.
Intertwined with the preacher is a young man with demons of his own, who has benefited from the preacher's talents and becomes a reluctant accomplice to his deadly obsession. Michael De Luca will produce and the pair have submitted the script to Universal.
Boone has been scripting to direct several projects including a new take on Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," the "X-Men" spin-off "The New Mutants," and most notably a feature adaptation of King's magnum opus "The Stand". Boone says he's determined to »
- Garth Franklin
Variety reports that Academy Award winner Kim Basinger has joined the cast of Universal Pictures Fifty Shades Darker starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively.
James Foley will take over directing duties from Sam Taylor-Johnson who directed the first film, Fifty Shades Of Grey. Production is set to begin this spring on the adaptation of the E.L. James adult-oriented novels.
- J.B. Casas
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