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Jack Paglen to script a reboot of Battlestar Galactica for Universal

04.07.2014

After years of attempted big screen adaptations and a successful television reboot, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA may finally be hitting a theater near you. Just don't hold out hope that it will continue the adventures from SyFy's acclaimed series. Variety is reporting that TRANSCENDENCE and PROMETHEUS 2 screenwriter Jack Paglen will be scripting a new take on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA that is being billed as a full "reimagining".

Bryan Singer was attached to a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA movie several years ago that was being eyed as independent of the SyFy series. With Singer having moved on to the latest X-MEN films, it remains to be seen who will helm Universal's film. Ronald D. Moore and anyone associated with the 2003 series do not appear to be involved by original 1978 series creator Glen Larson will return in a producer role for the feature film.

Both versions of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA followed a standard premise:

All Battlestar Galactica productions share the premise that in a distant part of our galaxy, a human civilization has extended to a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. The Twelve Colonies have been engaged in a lengthy war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race.

The end goal was for the humans to reach a fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth. While the 1978 series was a cult favorite, it was also considered a STAR WARS rip-off. The reboot offered a grittier, military-focused look at the premise and was lauded by fans and critics alike. It remains to be seen if Universal's version will be more of the space opera of the original or the grittier take.

Either way, consider this progress on a project long dormant in development hell. The question is does anyone still want a new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA?

Source: Variety

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5:24PM on 04/08/2014

Impossible

There is no way there could ever be a successful re-imagining of Ronald D. Moore's 100% completely original creation, Battlestar Galactica.
There is no way there could ever be a successful re-imagining of Ronald D. Moore's 100% completely original creation, Battlestar Galactica.
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2:20PM on 04/08/2014

Hmm let me guess

They will run out of story mid way through the 1st season, then they will literally steal another shows premise (Im thinking the West Wing) and make every episode for 2 season be about political shenanigans and moral dilemmas, but have little to do with or explain the actual sci-fi and alien slant to the show. Then by sheer stupidity most of the main cast will actually be aliens themselves that even though with all our advances never caught and xray of anything different inside of them or by
They will run out of story mid way through the 1st season, then they will literally steal another shows premise (Im thinking the West Wing) and make every episode for 2 season be about political shenanigans and moral dilemmas, but have little to do with or explain the actual sci-fi and alien slant to the show. Then by sheer stupidity most of the main cast will actually be aliens themselves that even though with all our advances never caught and xray of anything different inside of them or by many of the other tests it would take to actually serve in the military, not to emntion no one noticing that their spine turns bright red and can be seen clearly through their skin oh and when they punch or hit someone they fly through walls, so make sense for someone enrolled in the army to never have hit anyone during their entire training. Then I am guessing most of the cast will never die or be in danger but one of them will disappear and then reappear and then disappear again for no reason. The ending will be spurted about by some half brain dead fruit in a tub and they will eventually land on earth where its actually the past and they start life on earth, even though that's what exactly we all would guess would happen making your entire investment worthless bc if you can guess the ending of the show before it begins that means it sucks. Never mind the fact that they plays songs from the far future that don't exist yet and drive Lincoln continentals. That would be my pitch at least
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5:26AM on 04/08/2014
The reboot was so brilliantly done with an ending that left me so satisfied (more than any other series finale...ever, I think), I'd prefer them to leave doing a movie...for at least a good few years. That series is still so fresh in my mind and I'd like that memory not to be tainted.
The reboot was so brilliantly done with an ending that left me so satisfied (more than any other series finale...ever, I think), I'd prefer them to leave doing a movie...for at least a good few years. That series is still so fresh in my mind and I'd like that memory not to be tainted.
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2:25PM on 04/08/2014
wow simple is as simple does I guess then. So where did starbuck go, how did they sing a song from the future, how did they drive Lincoln continentals even though that was caprice way before earth, how come we all guessed they would make it to earth and it would be before mankind really existed and that none of the main characters would die....not one and yet it still happened like that? Ahh to be so simple in thought would be nice I guess, ignorance is bliss!!
wow simple is as simple does I guess then. So where did starbuck go, how did they sing a song from the future, how did they drive Lincoln continentals even though that was caprice way before earth, how come we all guessed they would make it to earth and it would be before mankind really existed and that none of the main characters would die....not one and yet it still happened like that? Ahh to be so simple in thought would be nice I guess, ignorance is bliss!!
11:03PM on 04/07/2014
I'd rather go with Wing Commander reboot. Anybody remember how awesome Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger game was? Regardless of how awful the actual Wing Commander movie was, I'd love to see this franchise gets a reboot.
I'd rather go with Wing Commander reboot. Anybody remember how awesome Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger game was? Regardless of how awful the actual Wing Commander movie was, I'd love to see this franchise gets a reboot.
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11:56PM on 04/07/2014
One of my all time favorite games.
One of my all time favorite games.
7:44AM on 04/08/2014
Yeah, me too. It was that awesome.
Yeah, me too. It was that awesome.
10:39PM on 04/07/2014
It's too soon, Hollywood. It's way too soon. Ugh. Was such a good show.
It's too soon, Hollywood. It's way too soon. Ugh. Was such a good show.
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2:26PM on 04/08/2014
im with you, it was so good it was horrible. any show that makes someone disappear and then reappear without an excuse says all you need to know about it
im with you, it was so good it was horrible. any show that makes someone disappear and then reappear without an excuse says all you need to know about it
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10:36PM on 04/07/2014

ehhh...

The SyFy series was soooo good, this franchise doesn't need a reboot...at least not yet. I'm still into rewatching the series on netflix! It's so good!
The SyFy series was soooo good, this franchise doesn't need a reboot...at least not yet. I'm still into rewatching the series on netflix! It's so good!
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9:48PM on 04/07/2014
Transcendence was good. While I certainly would want to see him take on another original sci-fi story or perhaps adapt a William Gibson novel, makes sense to put him behind the wheel for the Battlestar Galactica reboot script.
Transcendence was good. While I certainly would want to see him take on another original sci-fi story or perhaps adapt a William Gibson novel, makes sense to put him behind the wheel for the Battlestar Galactica reboot script.
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9:32PM on 04/07/2014
I wish Hollywood would forget the word "reboot" for a while.
I wish Hollywood would forget the word "reboot" for a while.
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7:13PM on 04/07/2014
Again...?
Again...?
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6:14PM on 04/07/2014
I just finished watching the 2003 series on Netflix. I had forgotten how epic that show was.
I just finished watching the 2003 series on Netflix. I had forgotten how epic that show was.
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2:28PM on 04/08/2014
probably bc you were blinded by all the plot holes bad acting and the fact that not one single person from that cast went on to do anything. Is that what you had forgotten or maybe it was the soap opera like acting and really cheap sets that made yo forget. or possibly all those emmy wins...urg I mean emmy nominations...urgh I mean it was crap.
probably bc you were blinded by all the plot holes bad acting and the fact that not one single person from that cast went on to do anything. Is that what you had forgotten or maybe it was the soap opera like acting and really cheap sets that made yo forget. or possibly all those emmy wins...urg I mean emmy nominations...urgh I mean it was crap.
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