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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is being rebooted as a movie

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Ron Moore’s 2003 reimagining of classically cheesy) 1970’s sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica was a bit of a game changer, prompting every other sci-fi show and his dog to suddenly get all gritty. The reason why they all wanted to copy BSG is because it was just that damn good. For 4 seasons we were all gripped as the remnants of the remaining 12 colonies of humans were infiltrated, decimated and chased across the galaxy by the robot Cylons, as they tried to reach the mythical 13th colony: Earth.

It was a show filled with action, drama, romance, mystery, mythology, memorable characters and even a classic rock song. It was epic. It was brilliant. And now it’s being rebooted as a movie.


According to Variety, Universal Pictures and producer Glen A. Larson, creator of the original 1970’s show, wants to redo the whole concept, but in a condensed feature length version. Based on just how sprawling BSG‘s story actually is, I’m not entirely sure how this could even work in a 2-hour long film. But that’s because I don’t get paid the big bucks like Jack Paglen does (hopefully). Paglen, who has just penned Wally Pfister’s sci-fi directorial debut, Transcendence, and is probably going to be the guy who writes Prometheus 2 for Ridley Scott, has been tapped by Universal to provide the script to this BSG movie. Ron Moore is apparently not involved in any way.

Now clearly, based on what is on his plate, Paglen has a thing for sci-fi stories, but we’ve yet to actually see any of his scripts on screen, so I have no idea just how good he is. And really, he is going to have be good to be able to distill everything that made BSG such a success into a feature length film. It’s not that it cannot be done, just the opposite, in fact. It’s just that so much – all the character development, the expanding mystery, the sense of paranoia – may be lost to hit that running time mark, that you have to wonder about the wisdom of doing it in this format.

The one advantage of doing a movie though, is that they will have access to a much bigger budget and better resources (which have also been much improved in the 5 years since the show ended), meaning they can really push the scope and quality to levels we never saw on TV.

It’s still early days for this production though, with no directors or cast even being attached yet, so a lot can still happen. For all we know, they may just get some more suits (and their money) on board, and maybe announce this to be a trilogy – which would certainly allow for a much better pacing to the narrative. Or they could all just come to their senses and realize they’re rebooting a very much loved show THAT ENDED JUST 5 FRAKKING YEARS AGO!

Last Updated: April 9, 2014


  1. I don’t know. I loved the series because it was able to explore at great lengths certain themes. While I appreciate you can do this in a movie the time constraints alone mean you cannot do as good a job. Maybe they should spend the money and just redo the damn ending 😛


    • Acornbread

      April 9, 2014 at 11:08

      Yeah it’s so unnecessary. Resources would be better spent on spin-offs rather than remakes. I actually enjoyed Caprica, it wasn’t nearly as good but it was very interesting. Blood and Chrome was decent too.


      • Rince

        April 9, 2014 at 11:10

        I still need to see Blood and Chrome actually, But yeah, like the idea of spin-offs too. That being said I can’t imagine a huge market out there for a movie like this. Sure there are loads of BSG fans, but not to the same extent as Star Trek or Star Wars.


        • Acornbread

          April 9, 2014 at 11:16

          True, even though BSG eclipses anything Star Trek and especially Star Wars related. *runs away*


          • Rince

            April 9, 2014 at 11:20

            You can’t run fast enough! Nah, I agree to certain extent. The thing I loved about BSG is it’s one story, where as Star Trek was sliced and diced to pieces. Star Trek to me is more of an idea or ideology, where as BSG is a hectic story.

          • Acornbread

            April 9, 2014 at 11:27

            Hehe, it was a stab at Star Wars mostly. Star Trek has integrity, Star Wars is… well let’s not go there.

          • Rince

            April 9, 2014 at 11:31

            Careful, Darryn may be about!

          • Acornbread

            April 9, 2014 at 11:48

            Don’t worry I’ve learned to choose words carefully with Star Wars fans. 😉 The concept of Star Wars is incredible, it’s a fascinating setting, but the execution of those ideas has a spotty track record. There are exceptions, like KotOR, but I’m mostly disillusioned.

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 9, 2014 at 09:07

    Too soon. You’re just looking for trouble because half your target audience still remembers the show clear as day.


    • Rince

      April 9, 2014 at 11:09

      And half are still trying to figure out the end too 😉 Loved it!


      • Acornbread

        April 9, 2014 at 11:14

        Very much a Mass Effect 3 kind of ending. 😛


  3. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    April 9, 2014 at 09:19

    The newest series was great, right up until the last 3 episodes……that final episode was in my opinion one of the worst I have ever seen. Terrible……


  4. Acornbread

    April 9, 2014 at 11:06


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