The Battlestar Galactica Movie Just Got Great News, And Terrible News

By Tyler Pisapia | Published

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It’s an exciting time for Battlestar Galactica fans given that there are two new projects on the horizon. However, precious little is known about either and it seems that may be the result of careful secret-keeping in order to hide a shared universe — which are all the rage in science fiction these days. 

In 2020, Variety reported that the X-Men franchise’s Simon Kinberg had been tapped to write and produce a movie based on the 2004 show with Dylan Clark as a fellow producer. At the time, it reported that the new Battlestar Galactica movie was not going to be connected to the Peacock reboot from executive producer Sam Esmail of Mr. Robot fame. 

However, speaking in a new interview with Collider, Simon Kinberg revealed that may have been a big, fat, stinking lie. He revealed that the reason people haven’t heard too much about his movie since its announcement is that it’s still in the infancy stages. He also noted that it will exist in a “shared universe” with the world of Battlestar Galactica that Sam Esmail is cooking up for the streaming service. 

Now for the bad news, he revealed that, because everything is somewhat linked to each other, shooting on the Battlestar Galactica movie can’t start for a while. While it’s maddening for Battlestar Galactica fans to deal with a drought of information about some of the most exciting projects to come through since the first rebooted show ended in 2008, for fear of giving away anything that might spoil either the movie or the rebooted reboot — it’s not all bad. Unlike other science fiction properties that opt to have a bunch of different continuities to divide their own fanbase or simply make them ingest too much content of varying quality (yes, I’m looking at you DC Universe), it seems fans of this franchise just have to worry about the timeline established in the 2004 series. 

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While Battlestar Galactica fans are certainly capable of keeping track of much more than that, the fact of the matter is, it’s just cleaner and easier that way. Now, that’s not to say that there won’t be some complicated jiggery-pokery going on with the Peacock reboot — if there wasn’t Simon Kinberg would presumably be able to just discuss the two projects in tandem rather than tease some kinda “shared universe” or multiverse thing. 

There is perhaps no more beloved science fiction franchise than Battlestar Galactica. After getting its start in the late 1970s, the show went on to even more popularity thanks to the SYFY reboot that began in 2004 and lasted for four seasons. There was also a poorly received web series titled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome that ended up dying a sudden death as a TV special. Since then there has been an insatiable appetite for more of the franchise that NBC’s Peacock is all too happy to fill by way of a new reboot and a movie. 

Regardless of your thoughts on how the flow of information about the new Battlestar Galactica projects, the fact that there is more in the pipeline at all has simply got to be enough for fans at this stage in production. Simon Kinberg noted in his interview that shooting can begin, at the earliest, by the end of 2022. So keep the faith and have some frakkin’ patience until then.