Battlestar Galactica: Good News & Bad News

By Drax Largo on April 8th, 2014

So, the good news is that a Battlestar Galactica movie is back on the development slate. The bad news is the fact it won’t be taking its cues from the highly acclaimed series reboot, or the retro classic from the ’70s.

Jack Paglen, screenwriter of this month’s Transcendence and the in-development Prometheus 2, will take the first stab at crafting the script. No doubt a cavalcade of screenwriters will follow until a director is set for what is sure to be a lengthy journey to the screen, if it actually gets made.

There have been three Galactica TV series (including the brief Galactica 1980). 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 rebooted Battlestar Galactica mini-series aired on what is now SyFy Channel. The second series, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, went on to run for four seasons.

In 2009, rumors were abound that Bryan Singer was attached to direct a Battlestar Galactica movie, but that, of course, never came to fruition.