A re-imagined film version of producer Glen Larson’s “Battlestar Galactica” is getting preferential treatment from Universal Pictures.
The studio has signed writer Jack Paglen to pen the screenplay. Paglen is in high demand. He is currently working on the script for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” which will begin production this fall.
To date, there have been three “Galactica” television series. The original series, which ran for one season (24 episodes) from 1978-1979, starred Richard Hatch, Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict. The story focused on the last major fighter carrier (Galactica) which leads a refugee fleet from the destroyed 12 human colonies in a search for Earth. In pursuit of this ragtag fleet is the cybernetic race known as the Cylons.
After the first series was cancelled, fans were outraged and demanded its return via a massive write-in campaign. To appease the masses, Universal brought the series back in its new incarnation known as “Galactica 1980.” The show was poorly received do to the fact that major cast changes had taken place and the story was advanced thirty years in the future from the last episode of the original series. Set during the year 1980, and a generation after the original series, the Galactica and its fleet of 220 civilian ships have finally discovered Earth, only to find that its people are not as scientifically advanced and that the planet can neither defend itself against the Cylons nor help the Galactica as originally hoped. Therefore, teams of Colonial warriors are covertly sent to the planet to work incognito with various members of the scientific community, hoping to advance Earth’s technology. The series was cancelled after 10 episodes.
In 2003, the Sci-Fi Channel aired the “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries, which blossomed into the a series airing the following year. Ronald D. Moore spearheaded the series, which was a reimagining of the original show. The Cylons were not an alien race, but a creation of the humans which went wildly out of control and declared war on their “masters.” The show aired for a total of four season before ending its run in March of 2009. The show spawned the prequel series “Caprica” which only lasted one season. A web series, “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” was released in November 2012 in ten 10-minute episodes, and aired on February 10, 2013 on Syfy as a televised movie.
In 2009, speculation emerged that filmmaker Bryan Singer was attached to direct a “Battlestar Galactica” movie, but that has been put on “hold” indefinitely.
Universal executive VP of production Scott Bernstein and director of development Jay Polidoro are overseeing the latest version of “Battlestar Galactica” for the studio.