Simon Kinberg To Script ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Feature Film
by Erik Amaya
All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.
Variety reports Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has signed on to script a feature film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica. The original 1978 television series, created by Glen A. Larson, told the tale of a ragtag, fugitive fleet — the last embers of an interstellar human civilization — looking for sanctuary on a mythical world called Earth. Loosely based on Larson’s Mormon faith and heavily inspired by the look of Star Wars, it became a cult classic thanks to reruns and Star Wars creator George Lucas‘s attempt to sue it out of existence.
In the mid 1990s, various attempts to bring the series back amounted to nothing until Ronald D. Moore spearheaded a thorough rebooting of the series for the then Sci-Fi Channel in 2004. Spanning four seasons, it used the broad strokes of Larson’s concept to tell stories of trauma, people coping with trauma, and the occasional moment of robot sex.
All the while, Larson kept the flame alive for a feature film more directly based on the original series. Sadly, Larson passed away on November 14th, 2014. But the notion of a feature never really went away with people like Westworld‘s Lisa Joy and disgraced filmmaker Bryan Singer developing new takes over the years.
In a statement, Kinberg said “Battlestar Galactica is one of the holy grails in science fiction, and I couldn’t be more excited about bringing something new to the franchise, while honoring what’s made it so iconic and enduring.” The Batman‘s Dylan Clark, who has been shepherding the project for sometime, will serve as producer.
It is currently unclear if the film will be a continuation of the original series or another reboot, but it will definitely not tie to the upcoming Galactica series being developed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail for Peacock. Reportedly, that series will connect to the Moore reboot in some way.
So it seems the dance of the two Galacticas will continue, much as it has for much of the 21st Century. But then, would we have it any other way?