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According to Variety, Universal Pictures is prepping a big screen reboot of the cult sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica, with original series creator Glen A. Larson producing, and rising screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendence and the upcoming Prometheus sequel) signing on to pen the script.
Battlestar Galactica originally arrived on screens back in 1978 with a TV movie pilot leading in to a single season. The show starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict and centred on the crew of the warship Galactica as they searched for a new home after a sneak attack on their planet by the evil Cylons. The original series was followed by the short-lived spin-off Galactica 1980, while the property also enjoyed acclaim and a renewed popularity with the rebooted series, which ran between 2003 and 2009 and was followed by the spin-off prequel Caprica and webseries Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.
Are you excited about the prospect of a Battlestar Galactica movie? »
- Gary Collinson
The project is said to be a complete reimagining of this iconic sci-fi TV series, although no specific plot details were given. The movie has been in the works for several years, with Bryan Singer attached to direct back in 2009. We reported in 2011 that screenwriter 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.
Original series creator Glen A. Larson will produce the feature, although it isn't known if Ronald D. Moore, who created the 2003 remake series, will be involved in the film. Scott Bernstein and Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project for Universal.
The Super Bowl is usually the highest-rated single television broadcast of the year, so the post time slot is probably the most coveted in TV because of the massive lead-in audience (upwards of 100 million viewers). But if the program that airs right afterwards typically draws big ratings, why don’t networks take advantage of this and premiere the pilot of a new series? Wouldn’t this be the best way to promote a show you think will be a huge hit? It would seem like a no-brainer, but in fact, that strategy isn’t always bulletproof. More often than not, a pilot for a new series won’t bring in the same high ratings as a special episode of an established series. Once the Big Game is over, most viewers will go ahead and switch the channel. Unless your a fan of the winning team, and care to sit through the post-game wrap up, »
I’m unfortunately not clued up to Ronald D. Moore’s acclaimed reboot of the sci-fi series of Battlestar Galactica, although I am ancient enough to remember the original series starring Lorne Green and Dirk Benedict. While that series has now come to an end, Moore’s latest project Helix, which first caught my eye after being plastered down the side of a lavish hotel during San Diego Comic Con, looks as if it could be right up my street.
Coming via Syfy, the show centres on a group of scientists heading the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a remote outpost in the Arctic to investigate a possible viral outbreak. We’ve a look at the first 15 minutes that suggest they’re all in for a terrifically traumatic time!
- Craig Hunter
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