Believe it or not, but we’re just a few short years away from the twentieth anniversary of Ronald D. Moore’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Where the frack does the time go? After a cybernetic race known as the Cylons lay waste to the Twelve Colonies and murder billions, the surviving humans manage to escape aboard Battlestar Galactica, a military vessel, as well as a civilian fleet, and take off in search of a fabled colony known as Earth. Although the finale didn’t please everyone, Battlestar Galactica was still one hell of a series, so naturally, they’re bringing it back.
It was announced last year that Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail would be heading up a reboot of Battlestar Galactica for NBC Universal’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock. However, although it’s still referred to as a reboot, Esmail has previously stated that his take will not be a remake of Ronald D. Moore’s series, saying, “We’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar.” Given the apparent connection between the two shows, it was only natural for Esmail to reach out to Moore. While speaking with Variety, Moore seems quite optimistic about the new series.
Sam called me and was very gracious, he didn’t pitch me the story so I don’t know. But he said his plans and he wasn’t going to re-start the show and recast it but he wanted to do something in the same universe. Sam’s amazing and I love ‘Mr. Robot.’ I was like, you know, ‘You’re an amazing guy and amazing writer, go with god!’
Sam Esmail’s series isn’t the only Battlestar Galactica project in the works, as Francis Lawrence (RED SPARROW) has also been attached to helm a big-screen adaptation of the story for several years. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB writer Jay Basu was tasked to re-write the script which was previously written by Lisa Joy (Westworld), but it’s been some time since we last heard much about the project. Lawrence had previously said that he’s a big fan of both the original series and Ronald D. Moore’s reboot, and that the film would include a few nods to both shows. “There will definitely be visual nods. We’re all fans of both series so there will definitely be nods, but for it to be worth doing for us we have to have our own take on it,” Lawrence said. “Without getting into too much detail, there is thematic kind of stuff to make it relevant today. What makes something interesting to do is if there’s a relevance to the world we live in now… I think we’ve found something else to say with it too, which I think is pretty cool.“