Twelve years after its critically acclaimed rebooted series, Battlestar Galactica is making its next step with a big-screen adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Universal has pulled the trigger on the cult sci-fi TV franchise and have brought in (for some reason) Simon Kinberg to writer and produce alongside Dylan Clark.
Kinberg, who has been controlling the X-Men saga at Fox for the past decade including directed the flop X-Men: Dark Phoenix. He has now been given the reigns to bring a new franchise to life that tells the story of humans on the run from intelligent machines, known as Cylons, bent on wiping them out.
It’s a surprise Universal have waited this long to bring this beloved property to cinemas, especially after the popularity of the Syfy run from 2004-2009, as it’s the studios answer to both their own Star Wars/Star Trek and a possible new cinematic universe.
Clark has been the one pushing to get this developed and greenlit at the studio with both Bryan Singer and Francis Lawrence attached to direct over the years.
In a statement to THR, Kinberg talked about his excitement in joining the adaption, “Battlestar Galactica is one of the holy grails in science fiction, and I couldn’t be more excited about bringing something news to the franchise, while honouring what’s made it so iconic and enduring.
“I’m so grateful that Dylan and my partners at Universal have trusted me with this incredible universe” added Kinberg.
The show was first aired in the late 1970s during the post-Star Wars boom, but it became a cult classic after its re-imagining in 2004 that was more thought-provoking and politically charged.
As well as the film, another reboot is in the works with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail executive producing.
Despite all of this excitement, it’s a bit disappointing that someone like Kinberg is working on this because his written stuff misses more than hits with the failure of both of the Dark Phoenix stories (he wrote X-Men: The Last Stand) only on him.
Now he has a new film coming out called The 355, a female-centric spy film starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing that judging by the trailer looks awful.