It goes without saying that Battlestar Galactica is a cult sci-fi classic. Be it the campy 1978 version, or the more popular 2003 reboot, the show has entranced audiences who love going on intense, space-operatic adventures.
Now, with the show being held in high regard, it’s no surprise there is a new film version in the works. Word is though, it won’t be like the show at all. Cue the collective yelling of “What the frak!”
Here’s the news about the film in detail, or at least, in as detailed as news about a film barely in pre-production can be. Universal is in the process of developing a Battlestar Galactica movie, says Variety. There are pieces in place as far as great movie-making goes; while relatively unknown screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendence) is working on the script, creator of the series, Glen Larson, is producing. Fans should feel a little bit of comfort with Larson’s involvement. However, if you’re a fan of the show’s original angle, get ready for possible disappointment. The film is being called a “complete re-imagining,” meaning that it won’t have much in common with the show.
Surely some out there are wondering if Ronald D. Moore, the screenwriter and television producer behind the 2003 re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica, would be a part of the film’s production. There hasn’t been any word on his involvement as of yet.
Unfortunately, there’s still no word on what exactly will be different about the film. But even though the film might not have anything to do with the show, it’s probably expected that the Battlestar Galactica film will still have something to do with humans battling Cylons. Seeing how the Cylon-human war is the backbone of the entire Battlestar Galactica universe.
The long and short of it is that people love this sci-fi series. The fact that the film won’t have anything to do with the show sounds really risky. However, the 2003 re-imagined miniseries and subsequent television show could have been seen as risky to lovers of the 1978 original, so we’re going to have to wait and see just how well this new film will be received.
What do you think about a Battlestar Galactica film without the hallmarks that we’ve come to know and love? Will you give the film a chance once it comes to theaters? Discuss it in the comments section below.
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