Given that Ron Moore’s acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot has been off the air for five years now, I can’t say I was surprised to hear that Universal is moving forward with a big-screen reboot of the franchise. Honestly, I’m more surprised that they haven’t already rebooted it two or three times in the time since Moore wrapped the series up in controversial fashion. Come on, Hollywood, who has time to wait years between different versions of things? In fact, why don’t you guys go ahead and start development on the Battlestar reboot for after this Battlestar reboot? Just to save everybody some time, you understand.
Word of the once-again-living BSG reboot comes via Variety, which says that Universal wants a “complete reimagining of the story.” Everybody sure does love that word these days, don’t they? “Re-imagining.” The bloke in charge of imagining this re-imagining is current hot-shit screenwriter Jack Paglen, who wrote the upcoming Johnny Depp cautionary tale Transcendence. Variety says Paglen is also committed to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, but the last we heard that was being handled by the dude who wrote Green Lantern.
This isn’t the first time the idea of a feature-film version of BSG has been tossed around since the Sci-Fi Channel series ended. For a while director Bryan Singer was orbiting it, but his version of the project was said to be “on hold” as of this past February. The Variety piece doesn’t mention Singer at all, and his plate is plenty full right now with his return to the X-Men franchise, so I’m guessing “on hold” may have been the diplomatic way of saying “not happening anymore.” Who knows, Singer could still sound off and counteract that assumption, but with Paglen coming aboard to do a new script, this has the air of a ground-up do-over.
Glen Larson, who created the original series that ran from 1978 – 1979, is aboard the new film as a producer. He was also involved with the seemingly aborted Bryan Singer movie version which was first reported back in 2009.
But hey, if Paglen needs some story ideas, I know a guy…