‘Battlestar Galactica’: Universal plans new film to reboot franchise

April 07, 2014 | 11:02 p.m.
The cast of "Battlestar Galactica." (SyFy)

The cast of the 2004-2009 “Battlestar Galactica.” (SyFy)

“Battlestar Galactica” is coming to the big screen.

Universal is planning to reboot the sci-fi franchise, with Glen A. Larson, who created the original 1970s series, set to produce.

Jack Paglen will write the screenplay for the film, which is designed to completely reinvent the franchise.

Paglen is a sought-after voice in cinematic sci-fi these days — he wrote the upcoming Paramount techno thriller “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose consciousness is uploaded into an artificial intelligence that gains sentience. The film is due out later this month.

The original “Battlestar Galactica” television show starred Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch as hotshot pilots Starbuck and Apollo, respectively, and Lorne Greene as Commander Adama. It ran for one season after premiering in 1978 (with a short return as “Galactica 1980”) and was reborn decades later on SyFy (then known as the Sci Fi Channel) under the stewardship of Ronald D. Moore.

Moore’s take on the series — which chronicled the efforts of a band of resourceful survivors to find a new home planet after a devastating attack by a race of beings called Cylons nearly eradicated humanity — starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Katee Sackhoff, and earned considerable critical acclaim during its four-season run from 2004 to 2009.

Are you excited for the return of “Battlestar Galactica”? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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40 Responses to ‘Battlestar Galactica’: Universal plans new film to reboot franchise

  1. Mark says:

    I'd be excited if Moore, Olmos and others from the Sci-Fi series were involved. But if it's anything like the orIginal Larson, Benedict piece of crap – no thanks.

    • John says:

      The original "piece of crap" is the only reason why you have the new one. I take it that you didn't grow up in the 80s.

      • Jacob says:

        Admit it man, the remake was way better than the original series.

      • John Majdiak says:

        the remake was not better the original was better

      • John says:

        I cannot believe the Hero Complex chose to feature this ridiculously inane comment on their home page. For every one person who thinks the original (a total rip-off of Star Wars), there are a thousand who would say that the remake was vastly superior.

      • Keyse Soze says:

        Yeah…I grew up in the 80s…and the 70s and the 60s…the original is a piece of crap…this sounds like a classic case of trying to put a new dress on an old whore…

    • michael says:

      say what-the original was better than the remake in the remake nobody knew who the villian was

    • Nona says:

      I'll be excited if Moore, Olmos and others from the Swify series are not involved. If it's anything like the original Larson, Benedict piece Heaven – YES thanks.

  2. Pete Nelson says:

    Cannot wait!!!!!!

  3. weplaydifferent says:

    I don't understand why this is happening. BSG was just rebooted and is still part of the cultural consciousness.

    • ushaped says:

      This exists because Glen A. Larson didn't participate in the latest BSG series and is on record for disliking all the Cylon intrigue. If this gets off the ground I'm sure he feels this is the "real" BSG!

    • regeya says:

      Because Hollywood is stuck in an incredibly lazy reboot cycle, and it feels appropriate that the franchise that fired this reboot cycle off get its own reboot a mere 11 years later.

  4. Mike Droid says:

    Why does everything have to be "rebooted?" Can't anyone think of something ORIGINAL to script for TV or the movies? Let's reboot Space 1999 next!! Or Plan 9 From Outer Space!

    • John says:

      Oh, the irony. Talk about thinking of something ORIGINAL; yours is the same tired lament every non-artist blathers on about whenever a sequel or reboot is made. Here's an idea: why don't YOU come up with something original? Instead of whining the same old refrain, why don't you write something truly unique and awesome and get it to Hollywood?

  5. rt2 says:

    It's too early to reboot something that was recently rebooted. Universal should give it a few years. Otherwise, they'll end up with Galactica-fatigue just like what happened with the Star Trek franchise.


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  7. Rohinton Irani says:

    O.K. I saw the Headline,and said : Oh NO !

    But when I read that Glen Larson was involved.

    I'm safely assuming he won't make it a Joke,or to cartoonish.

    Since his Name is on the Film.

    I Hope he Includes the Orginal 5 Battlestars,in the Sneak attack of the Colonies,by the Cylons.

    In the Orginal,they only showed the 5 Battlesstar's only for a Few Moments.

    Also I Hope he shows what the Original Cylons LOOKED like ?

    In the Original Series,they were those Craetures,with Big Heads,sitting High Up on thier Chairs.

    Let's Hope Mr. larson shows the Genesis of the Cylons,and Thier rebelion from Humans.

  8. Mike says:

    I'll pass on the movie. Ronald Moore's take on the material was so good, so complex and such a fantastic piece of storytelling that I can't see what another version could accomplish. Sometimes the story just ends and you move on to a new story.

  9. @Earlwin says:

    When is "Caprica" series going to come back and finish up? I would like to see those Cylons rise and exterminate "Yelp!" Anyway, I'm giving this article zero stars for lack of information, but you gain two star for showing Caprica Six in her classic red. Haha!

  10. bach says:

    Shouldn’t be re imagined again. Its should be a lead off from the finale if anything. A different point of view of such a already fantastic reboot is a waste of a bsg movie.

  11. Don't Blog Much says:

    Nothing but an attempt at money-making by Universal and Glen Larson. I won't waste my money on it. Ron Moore's reboot of the original franchise was awesome. It's far too early to even consider another version / reboot / "re-imagining". Waste of time to consider. I am all for entrepreneurism, but when money becomes the sole focus of the effort, the effort will fail, and I frankly hope is becomes a financial and critical failure for Larson and Universal.

  12. Randall says:

    There was much talk during Ronald Moore's reboot of the series that Glen Larson absolutely hated it and still does…..so with Larson back at the helm I have little hope of this movie being anywhere near good……but who knows ?

  13. Dan says:

    Bad idea. The series is terrific, and it was a reboot. So you do a second reboot? So a third version of the same core idea? Just write something new. Or write something else in this universe. Build on it if you need to, but not this. Definitely not this. Let us appreciate what we have from the recent series.

  14. CylonEnema says:

    I'm a dedicated fan of the original and wish Bryan Singer had had his shot at updating (not rebooting) the franchise back in 2000. The original show was based on heroic themes and Moore's version was too intent on making everyone grey and seeing the "stinky armpit side of humanity. Let's have a little more black and white in our Galactica and see people doing heroic things and not always driven by soul-crushing angst. I want to see the Colonial Warriors that would willingly do their duty and fly into a Cylon Basestar if it meant saving the Fleet. Personally, I still want a 1978 continuation but I am for a Larsenian approach considering. I think the great error of Moore was not doing a "time anomaly" episode and could have allowed a crossover event (ala Abram's new ST) which would have allowed both universes to have their existence. Also, notice the number of "new galactica" fans balking over their galactica being remade and wishing instead for a continuation or completion of Caprica. Feel that feeling and know that is how Classic Galactican's felt about Moore's remake. Jeez imagine them "re-imaging" Star Wars A New Hope and tell me that wouldn't bother you.

  15. Wes says:

    Yes, make the movie, who cares, if it’s good then it’s good, if not then you still have the other versions to watch. If it were my project it would be like the 1978 original with some of the realism of newer series mixed in. Keep the original 1978 musical score but update it. Maybe it should show a better side of humanity than what was shown in the 2003 version instead of everybody being so depressed and whiny…despite what happened to them. Make the cylons evil, not some good and some bad. And lastly, lots a epic space battles. That’s just my opinion.

  16. Stuart Davis says:

    Yes I do like the original but the new reboot series was eye catches and was a little sad it gone abit soap like tragic like human have no right to be exited instead of greater challege to over come there enemy , if reboot in cinema it had to come away as triumph not soap like tragic, meaning evil win , if that happen no thank you will not see it

  17. Sci-Fi Lover says:

    In my opinion the best of the Star Trek movies, "The Wrath Of Khan" and "The Voyage Home", would not have come to be if we had not suffered through earlier versions to get these gems. I believe loyal fans should support these series and let the producers know I they have blown it so they can get it right the next time. I would rather see updated forms of series I have loved then have to wait for the next Star Trek or Battlestar series to be found. Personally I like the character development of these series but I wished their was more heavy drama battle sequences in both series which I think can now be done at a cheaper price with the new technology. They have been spending a fortune on recent comic book movie versions with shallow plots so they sure could remake these great series with more action while keeping the drama in tact.

    • Claus Talon says:

      ON POINT Sci-Fi Lover. Like Dolly Parton said-"Youcan't have the rainbows without the rain." It's the trial and error, the failures that bring about the successes.

  18. Michael says:

    Loved the TV series but when Starbuck was changed to a woman it lost me. Wish they would not change the sex of a character.

  19. Zack says:

    There is SO much potential with this franchise. I feel the Moore version steered to far into the metaphysics and away from the survival aspect so popular with shows like Walking Dead. I would love to see Olmos recast as Adama, outstanding screen presence and inspiring. Biggest critique: opening sequence says: "the Cylons have a plan" great…. WTH is the plan? LOL

  20. Cass says:

    I have LOVED all of the BSG except maybe the 1980 series. I fell in love when I was young with the original and I've been addicted to BSG ever since. It's too bad that Caprica didn't work out.

  21. Jason says:

    Syfy's version wasn't just a reboot, it was a pick up from after the original timeline. The whole premises was that Syfy's BSG picked up after "the original war" after an armistice was reached, and the cylons returned to wipe humanity out in a single swoop, much like I would expect a machine to do. IF they MUST reboot AGAIN, go back. SyFy gave us a good story with an ok ending (personally wasn't happy with the final episode but maybe that's just me) So go back, Show us the original war, SyFy almost got it right with Caprica, only they tried to pull a bunch of scifi war nerds into days of our lives soap opera. Of course it failed. Go back, show us the original war, during a time when the fleet's were still there, when humanity was at it's height, Shorten the "caprica" timeline to a few starting episodes to kick it all off and lets see these two races duke it out like never before shown. Or just let it die and reboot when my kids are my age.

  22. Richard John Rubio says:

    Way overdo. I have every DVD from 1978 to the current including the SCIFI lucite original of the new “Battlestar Galactica”. I even have one of the first 500 1966 Leonard Nimoy Album even autographed by most except Nimoy and Shantner. I have autograph of two deceased members Scottie and Zarak. But Galactica is my love. I have been wearing the Colonial Warrior medallion on my neck chain since 1978. Since a kid, I always believed that ” Life here began out there”! We did not build the pyramids!! “So say we all”!.

  23. John P Woods says:

    The 2004 Battlestar reboot was the best argument for a reboot I've ever seen. Giving up on reboots is like saying that since we have one painting of a sunset, no one else should paint a sunset. Each new team has their own take on these classic stories. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing someone else's take on Battlestar Galatica. Rebooting Space 1999 sounds interesting too

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