Battlestar Galactica fans will be familiar with this quote “All this has happened before and it will all happen again.” Well, it will all happen again. NBCUniversal announced today that it has hired Sam Esmail, the Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated creator of the Mr. Robot and Homecoming, to make the Battlestar Galactica reboot for the new Peacock streaming platform, which begins operations on April 2020. Esmail will be the executive producer of the series with Chad Hamilton, a member of his Esmail Corp. companies. NBCUniversal has not revealed any other details about this new series. The news comes on the anniversary of the release of the original Battlestar Galactica series.
The original Battlestar Galactica debuted in 1978, from creator Glen A. Larson. The series starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict and went one season before it was canceled. In the 1980s, fans managed to get the series updated for another 10 episodes of the 1980 Galactica series.
Battlestar Galactica was accompanied by the Twelve Colonies of Humanity and their protracted war against the robotic race known as the Cylons. When the Cylons ended the war with a secret attack that destroyed the colonial planets, the last remaining capital warship, Battlestar Galactica, was forced to lead what was left of humanity in the search for the lost Thirteenth Colony, Earth.
That short-lived series has been rebooted for new generations by Star Trek screenwriter Ronald D. Moore in 2003. Moore wrote and produced a two-part mini-series for SyFy. The mini-series served as a pilot that proved successful enough for SyFy to launch the series in 2004. That series has gone on for four seasons and is still one of the most successful SyFy original series in history. The stars of the series were Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, and Grace Park. The series resulted in a one-season spin-off prequel series Caprica and a web series called Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which was later made into a TV movie.
There is no mention of how this upcoming reboot series will affect the Battlestar Galactica movie under development from director Francis Lawrence. In December 2018, the film hired a new screenwriter. There has been no new news since.
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