Is a 'Battlestar Galactica' Movie in the Works?
Rumors say big-screen version would follow original series
February 20, 2009
This has all happened before, and "Battlestar Galactica" could happen again.
Rumors are swirling on outlets from IGN to The Hollywood Reporter about a possible deal between series creator Glen A. Larson and Universal to bring "Galactica" to the big screen. The kicker is, the movie would not follow Sci Fi's current series, but would instead play off of the original 1978 incarnation. While the Sci Fi series ends this spring, it's already spawned a prequel in "Caprica," as well as rumors of its own big-screen franchise.
Questions abound: Would the Sci Fi series go unacknowledged? How about "Galactica 1980," when the ragtag fleet finally did find Earth? Would Richard Hatch, who stars on the current series, reprise his Apollo role from the 1978 shows?
Universal was forthcoming about none of the above. Representatives from Sci Fi told Zap2it they hadn't heard anything about the plan either.
Universal in talks for 'Battlestar' movie
Glen A. Larson would write, produce the film
By Borys Kit
Feb 20, 2009, 06:28 PM ET
Just as the acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" enters its final episodes, Universal has quietly entered into negotiations with Glen A. Larson
to write and produce a big-screen version of the property he created.
"Battlestar," which originally aired on ABC in 1978, was produced in the wake of the success of "Star Wars," which caused a sci-fi revival in popular culture. The premise involved a human civilization living on a series of 12 planets that are decimated from an attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons. The survivors are led by a starship called Galactica in their attempt to find a mythic 13th planet named Earth.
The Sci Fi series, under the direction of executive producer Ronald Moore, took the premise and ran with it, incorporating the politics of war, religion, torture and destiny, becoming the channel's signature series.
The movie effort would have no connection to the series and would relaunch the story in a new medium. However, staples such as the characters Adama, Starbuck, and Baltar will remain.
Larson was one of the biggest names in 1970s and '80s TV and creator of shows like "Switch" and "Magnum P.I."
Universal had no comment.
"If not for the original Battlestar Galactica series, then there would be no new show."
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