‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie Gets New Life at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

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April 7, 2014 | 02:20PM PT
Film Reporter
Dave McNary
Film Reporter @Variety_DMcNary

Universal is ramping up a movie version of the sci-fi franchise “Battlestar Galactica,” aiming to develop the film as a complete reimagining of the story.

“Transcendence” writer Jack Paglen has signed on to write the screenplay. Paglen has also committed to Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” sequel for Fox that will start production this fall.

Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the “Battlestar Galactica” film.

There have been three “Galactica” TV series (including the brief “Galactica 1980″). The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth.

In 2003, a reimagined “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries aired on Sci Fi Channel. The second series, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, went on to run for four seasons.

In 2009, speculation emerged that Bryan Singer was attached to direct a “Battlestar Galactica” movie.

Universal’s exec VP of production Scott Bernstein and director of development Jay Polidoro are overseeing the latest version of “Battlestar Galactica” for the studio.

Warner Bros. will open “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp, on April 18.

Paglen is represented by ICM Partners and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler and Feldman. Larson is represented by the Lichtman Group, manager Denny Bond of Management 3 as well as attorneys Neville Johnson, Douglas Johnson and James Ryan of Johnson & Johnson.

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Comment by major ernie (iceman) miller on April 9, 2014 at 12:15pm

I hope the cast will be the new cast. would be nice to see kara and lee back again!!!!!

Comment by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on April 8, 2014 at 2:53pm

Of Course, That Doesn't Mean Singer WON'T Direct; And, If They Want To Go With A Whole New Cast, Here's My Recommendations: 

  Sir Anthony Hopkins As The Cylon Imperious Leader(Voice)

   Harrison Ford  (or, Rusell Crowe) As Commander Adama

  Channing Tatum As Capt. Apollo (Or,Lt. Starbuck)

  Will Smith As Lt. Boomer

  Hayden Christiansen As Zak

  Denzel Washington As Col. Tigh

  I Know this All Sounds Fanciful, But, You Gotta Admit, It Would All Be Brilliant Casting!

Comment by John David "Buzzsaw" Feagin on April 8, 2014 at 4:59am

I'm sure we ALL wait with eager enthusiasm!

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