With less than a month to go before the highly acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica” airs its final episodes, Universal has quietly entered into negotiations with original 1978 series creator Glen A. Larson to write and produce a big-screen version of the property says The Hollywood Reporter.
The original ‘Galactica’ aired on ABC in 1978 and involved a human civilization living on a series of twelve planets that are decimated from an attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons. The survivors are led by a starship called Galactica in their attempt to find a mythic 13th planet named Earth. That incarnation was a gaudy “Star Wars” inspired space opera with lots of robots, laser blasters and tacky fashion.
In 2003 The Sci-Fi Channel relaunched the property under the helm of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” executive producer Ronald Moore who went with a far deeper and more complex human angle that incorporated the politics of war, religion, torture and destiny. It has since become one of the most acclaimed television series of the last few years and the signature show of the network.
This new film though will have no connection to either series, relaunch the story in a new medium though keeping staple characters like Adama, Starbuck and Baltar.
Meanwhile The Digital Bits has great news for fans of the recent “Galactica”. Not only will Universal release Season 4.5 along with the “Caprica” pilot on April 21st, but they’re also planning a ‘Complete Series’ release on Blu-ray on July 28th.