Here’s one more reason to geek out. 2 words: Battlestar Galactica.
According to THR, Universal, the studio behind the highly successful “Jurassic World” and the “Fast & Furious” film franchise is planning to revive “Battlestar Galactica”. Not only are they bringing the sci-fi saga back to the silver screen, they also have plans to launch a massive, multiple-film franchise.
“Battlestar Galactica” was a TV series created by Glen A. Larson that aired on ABC from 1978 to 1979. In 2004, it was rebooted as a thought-provoking, politically-charged series that ran to great acclaim on Syfy from 2004 to 2009.
Backstory: “Battlestar Galactica” follows a group of humans under attack by the robotic Cylons, who had nearly wiped out all of humanity on their planet. The survivors are in search of a mythical planet Earth which is rumoured to be colonised by humans like them.
In 2009, a film based on the series was reportedly in development and “X-Men” director Bryan Singer was at one stage on board to direct it. Unfortunately, the project never took off. And Bryan Singer has since moved on.
That having said, Universal seems confident in competing against both Disney (Star Wars) and Paramount (Star Trek) with a “Battlestar Galactica” movie franchise. As we all know, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was the biggest box-office hit of 2015 and it has a few more sequels as well as spin-offs slated for release through 2020. Paramount, on the other hand, will be bringing its 3rd “Star Trek” film, “Star Trek: Beyond” to the silver screens worldwide come 22nd July 2016. Needless to say, these releases will pave the way for more geekery.
Case in point, “Battlestar Galatica”.
The new version is still in the early stages of development so no writers are on board for the project yet. What we do know is that powerhouse producer Michael De Luca (of “Dracula Untold” fame) is teaming up with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to produce the movie for Universal.
Hang tight while we wait for more details from Universal!