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Ever since he landed on the 2012 Black List, Jack Paglen has held some enviable company: next week sees the release of “Transcendence," directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp, and last summer he was revealed as the new writer for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus 2”. Tackling the sequel to a thorny franchise turned out to be troublesome however, as writer Michael Green replaced him on the film, but it seems Paglen has recovered nicely with another high-profile sci-fi project. Glen A. Larson created a bonafide pop culture staple in 1978 with “Battlestar Galactica”, and the concept has remained potent over the years even as networks thought otherwise. The tale of a war between humans and Cylons in the distant galaxy finally caught on in 2003 though, when a three-hour Sci-Fi Channel miniseries led to a series that would run until 2009. Now Universal is eager to reboot the franchise once more, and »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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
Battlestar Galactica, the gone but not forgotten sci-fi series that still lives on in the reruns of our hearts and the cable network Syfy, is getting the film adaptation that fans have been demanding since its end in 2009. But while many may have thought a movie would continue the adventures of the inhabitants of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol in a new journey, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, according to Variety, the movie will be a reimagining of the story as told by Transcendence writer Jack Paglen (also the man attached to write Prometheus 2) and produced by original series creator Glen Larson. Of course, reimagining is flowery code for a term we’ve come all too familiar with hearing lately: reboot. For a television series that has already gone through three series, including a brief but mentionable run called Galactica 1980, it’s questionable if this move is altogether necessary. But »
- Samantha Wilson
Variety reports that Universal is developing a Battlestar Galactica movie, with Transcendence writer Jack Paglen working on the script and the original series' creator, Glen Larson, producing. Being called a "complete reimagining," the movie won't necessarily have anything to do with the cult and critical favorite version of the story from the mid-'00s. As of right now, it doesn't appear Ronald D. Moore will be involved. Either way, it will feature a hell of a lot more Cylons than that Jungle Book remake, so that's something. »
- Jesse David Fox
What the frak!? Battlestar Galactica is returning, but before you breakout your tight red Number 6 dress, you should know it's not a continuation of the popular Syfy series of the same name. The Battlestar Galactica film in development at Universal will be a "reimagining" of the popular story with Jack Paglen attached to write the screenplay and original Battlestar creator Glen Larson attached as a producer, according to Variety. The original Battlestar Galactica ran from 1978-1979, then again as Galactica 1980. It was rebooted in 2004 as a miniseries on Syfy by Ron Moore and ran until 2009. Moore's series was critically acclaimed and spawned a prequel, Caprica, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and »
Battlestar Galactica seems to be the boomerang of Sci-Fi television having come back around three times (two full-length shows and a mini-series), it even got its own spin-off show in the guise of the short-lived Caprica. It is now being reported that the next outing will be for the big-screen, with a movie in the works.
Universal are currently eyeing the project, and have assigned Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen in the whole of screenplay writer. Paglen has a full plate at the moment as he is also working on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel.
The shows revolve around humans at war with cybernetic beings known as Cylons, the original series had them look like robots whilst the more recent adaptation had them look human. Despite original creator Glen Larson being attached it is thought that the studio are wanting to completely re-imagine the story.
The 2003 version has amassed a strong »
- Kat Smith
Universal Pictures is developing a film version of its "Battlestar Galactica" sci-fi franchise with the goal of completely re-imagining the story. The studio just hired original series creator Glen Larson to produce and Jack Paglen to write the screenplay. Paglen wrote "Transcendence" as well as the upcoming "Prometheus" sequel. There have been three "Galactica" TV series. 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 re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" mini-series aired on Sci Fi Channel. The second series, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, ran for four seasons. Universal has been working on a "Battlestar Galactica" for years. Back in 2009, it was rumored that Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was attached to direct. No word if that's still the case. »
So say we all.
It appears the rumours are true: the much-beloved franchise, "Battlestar Galactica," is getting a movie makeover. Variety is reporting that Universal is doing a "complete reimagination" of the story.
The popular TV series (which aired from 2003 - 2009) had already resurrected "BSG," in a sense. The story, about man-made robots (called Cylons) developing sentience and turning on humanity, has been told and retold in various movies, and can even be credited with inspiring some of pop culture's most riveting science-fiction.
"Transcendence" writer Jack Paglen has signed on to write the screenplay. Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the "Battlestar Galactica" film. Universal's executive vice-president of production, Scott Bernstein, and director of development Jay Polidoro are overseeing the latest version of "Battlestar Galactica" for the studio, according to Variety.
The original "Battlestar Galactica" TV show aired in 1978. »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Sometimes, there’s a movie project that just doesn’t go away. They rumble on in the background for decades, with concepts kept alive only by the sheer willpower of those dedicated individuals involved. Battlestar Galactica is one such project – but now, it seems like it’s one step closer to fruition as Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to deliver a script.
Created by Glen A. Larson (Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, Quincy M.E) as a science fiction TV series in 1978, Battlestar Galactica ran for one season – ending in April 1979. It featured the premise that would provide the basis for every iteration of the show that followed – that our future humanity has migrated to a distant area of the galaxy, known as the Twelve Colonies, from where they have been defending themselves against a cybernetic race known as The Cylons. During a vicious attack, human survivors flee aboard spaceships, »
- Sarah Myles
News Simon Brew 8 Apr 2014 - 06:57
A fresh attempt begins, it seems, to get the Battlestar Galactica movie made...
The story so far on the Battlestar Galactica movie. A few years ago, it was revealed that director Bryan Singer was involved in the project. Singer's version would have been based, it seems, around the original TV show rather than the acclaimed Ronald D Moore reboot. And then Singer got the X-Men job again, and since then, very little has been heard of the project. Given that Singer is all but certain to direct X-Men: Apocalypse once he's done with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, that would see his schedule full through to mid-2016.
But it seems that Battlestar Galactica is now going to press ahead anyway, as apparently Universal is injecting new life into the project. As such, the studio has hired Jack Paglen to pen a screenplay for the film. »
Universal Pictures is planning a "complete reimagining of the story" for the upcoming movie, which means Paglen is likely starting over from scratch.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer was attached to direct a 'Galactica' film back in 2009 but the new report makes no mention of his involvement. Original series creator Glen Larson does remain onboard as producer.
This would mark the third version of the story about the last of humanity of the Twelve Colonies escaping the robot Cylons and searching for their mythical ancient homeland of Earth.
The story originated with the late 1970s series and became an acclaimed mini-series and four season series for Syfy which ran from 2003 to 2009.
- Garth Franklin
In Hollywood years, five years is probably considered plenty of time to let a successful franchise -- or in this case, TV series -- rest before rebooting it. And believe it or not, it's been five years since Battlestar Galactica went off the air. (It's been more than a decade since the reboot miniseries premiered). So, while there are surely arguments to be made for or against another reboot of the original Battlestar Galactica concept, it's not entirely surprising that we're hearing updates on such a project, which is in the works at Universal and is said to be a "complete reimagining of the story." In other words, presumably not a continuation of Ronald D. Moore's reboot of the original series. Variety posted word today that Universal is aiming to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen, with original series creator Glen Larson set to produce. Transcendence writer Jack Paglen »
A "Battlestar Galactica" movie is coming - just don't expect it to resemble the TV show. Universal has hired writer Jack Paglen ("Transcendence") to pen the screenplay for a "complete reimagining" of the sci-fi franchise, according to Variety. The property was previously pegged for a big-screen version in 2009 with director Bryan Singer, though the "X-Men" helmer doesn't appear to be attached to this new iteration. Created by Glen A. Larson, the original "Battlestar Galactica" series ran from 1978-1979 on ABC. It went on to spawn a number of franchise follow-ups including the low-rated spin-off "Galactica 1980," the acclaimed 2004-2009 reboot that ran on the Sci-Fi (now Syfy) channel, the short-lived prequel series "Caprica" and the 10-episode webseries "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," which aired as a two-hour movie on Syfy last year. The crux of the futuristic world depicted in the television shows centers on a long-running war waged between »
- HitFix Staff
Holy frak! Battlestar Galactica might get another shot at life through Universal. The movie studio is in the early stages of putting together a new film that would be a reboot of the television franchise, Variety reports.
Universal has hired Transcendence screenwriter Jack Paglen to write a new take of the series that would be yet another incarnation of the Battlestar Galactica universe. Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the new film.
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- Tim Surette
Variety broke the news today that Universal has picked up the Battlestar Galatica movie that has been rumored for a while now. Uni has hired Jack Paglen (Transcendence, Prometheus 2) to write the script for the film, which is being described as a complete re-imagining of the material.
Battlestar Galactica first hit the scene as a TV series that ran from 1978 – 1979. In 2003 The Sci-Fi Channel remade Galactica as a mini-series and then picked it up as a regular series which ran from 2004 – 2009. Both iterations revolved around a war between the cybernetic Cylons and the last remnants of humanity, who are searching for Earth.
The post Universal Picks Up ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie appeared first on Latino-Review.com. »
- Philip Sticco
Variety reports that Battlestar Galactica is getting a reboot at Universal. Around 2009 there were whispers of Bryan Singer developing a movie based on the series, but that never went beyond rumors. Creator of the original 1978 TV series Glen A. Larson is set to produce this new iteration. Jack Paglen, writer of of the underwhelming-looking Transcendence and possible writer of the Prometheus sequel, has signed on. It sounds like the 2003 series producer Ronald D. Moore is not involved, but who knows what details might emerge.
This reimagining of Battlestar Galactica with the original creator and an unproven writer is an intriguing combo so far. Thanks to a bigger budget and modern effects, the scope, scale, and action will easily be beyond what we've seen on TV. But can they create a successful 2 hour story for people who aren't fans of either series run? This announcement is pretty early in the development process, »
- Free Reyes
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.
Back in 2011, director Bryan Singer was said to be circling a big screen take on Battlestar Galactica, but in three years that project has never solidified. Now the sci-fi property is making moves towards a new version on the big screen again as Variety reports Universal is developing a "complete reimagining" of the franchise that found success on TV by way of SyFy. Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to write the film (he also worked on the original script for Prometheus 2) with original series creator Glen Larson producing. But at this point, that's all the solid information on the project that has been revealed. For those who never engaged any of the various versions of Battlestar Galactica, the original series followed humans living on the Twelve Colonies planets and being engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. The revamp in the »
- Ethan Anderton
Over two years ago, Bryan Singer was circling a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series Battlestar Galactica with John Orloff (Anonymous) set to write the script. For those unfamiliar with Battlestar Galactica, it centers on a war between humanity and a race of machines called "Cylons". Since 2011, word on the film has gone quiet, Singer has moved on, and it looked like Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's excellent Sci-Fi series would be the only adaptation. However, Variety is reporting that you can't keep a good cylon down, and that Universal has brought on Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the screenplay. Original series creator Glen Larson is still on board to produce. Since I'm a big fan of Moore/Eick's adaptation, I'm obviously a little skeptical of a movie. But Battlestar is a premise with a lot of potential, and since I haven't seen Transcendence, I have no »
- Matt Goldberg
Universal is ramping up a movie version of the sci-fi franchise “Battlestar Galactica,” aiming to develop the film as a complete reimagining of the story.
“Galactica” generated two TV series. The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searcing for Earth.
Universal’s exec VP »
- Dave McNary
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