It seems like there have been around about a half dozen attempts at getting a ‘Battlestar Galactica’ big screen movie made since Ron D. Moore’s re-imagined version of the cult 70s series came to its conclusion in 2009.
For a brief time there was talk of original series creator the late Glen A. Larson doing a film with some help from Bryan Singer. A little prier to that Bryan Singer was sought out by Universal to give BG another shot. But that all kind of crashed and burned once Singer signed back on with the ‘X-Men’ franchise that he helped start up.
Now with Glen A. Larson no longer with us it has left the field wide open for Universal to pretty much do what they want with the property and it looks like they hope to emulate the recent success that other studios have had by reviving much loved science fiction shows and movies on the big screen.
To that end Universal have brought in Producers Michael De Luca and Scott Stuber to produce a fresh movie treatment for the property.
Dylan Clarke of Bluegrass Films will also produce on the new project.
‘Battlestar Galactica’ was a short-lived but impactful television series created by Glen A. Larson in the post-‘Star Wars’ halo that aired on ABC from 1978 to 1979.
In 2003/4 the series was re-imagined by Ron D. Moore who set his story in a post nine eleven world, but when that series began to wind down in 2009. Universal started looking at the potential of creating a fresh new take on ‘Battlestar Galactica’ for a movie audience.
No writers are on board at this early stage of the project.
The premise of the series centred on a human civilization on distant planets being almost wiped out by intelligent machines known as Cylons. The survivors flee in starships, and led by the Galactica and her heroic crew, try to find a mythic human colony known as Earth.
De Luca is one of the producers of Universal’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movies and produced its 2014 monster movie, ‘Dracula Untold’.
Stuber’s Bluegrass is coming off of ‘Ted 2’ and is prepping the Boston Marathon Bombing movie ‘Patriot’s Day’ with Pete Berg directing and Mark Wahlberg starring.
In terms of what direction a new movie will take as yet remains to be seen, but I for one would like to see something a little tonally lighter than the Ron D. Moore version, which was never really easy television to watch.