The biggest announced title from this morning presentation for NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock is that of “Mr. Robot” creator and “Homecoming” executive producer Sam Esmail spearheading a second reboot of the “Battlestar Galactica” franchise.
Glen A. Larson created the original series for ABC in the late 1970s, while NBC Universal TV produced the acclaimed Ronald D. Moore-run revamp which ran from 2004-2009 on the Sci-Fi Channel. Esmail has reportedly been in touch with Moore, currently showrunning Starz’s “Outlander,” who blessed the idea because of Esmail’s love of the first reboot.
The series centers on the last group of humans on the verge of extinction after a series of wars with a robot race, The Cylons, destroyed the Twelve Colonies. All the humans are left in one remaining battleship group, anchored by the Galactica, as they search for their last option for survival: a fabled Thirteenth Colony known as Earth.
It’s not clear what Esmail’s plans are for the new take but they join other programs he has on the way including the Rosario Dawson-led “Briarpatch,” the Emmy Rossum-led “Angelyne,” and a limited series reimagining of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”.