TRANSCENDENCE Writer To Pen BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Movie For Universal

Last we had heard, Bryan Singer was said to be interested in helming a "reimagining" of Battlestar Galactica, but now it seems that incarnation is gone, and a new version of the story is a go at Universal with Transcendence writer Jack Paglen on board.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 4/7/2014

Variety report that Universal are gearing up for a new movie version of the popular sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica. Transcendence writer Jack Paglen (who is also set to write the Prometheus sequel) has signed on to write what is apparently still a "complete reimagining of the story". The original BSG was a fairly kitschy Star Wars-lite 1978 series, but in 2003 SyFy produced a much more serious take, and that brilliant (well, arguably up until the finale) show ran for four seasons.

Back in 2009, Bryan Singer was said to be in line to direct this flick, but it's unclear if he is still involved. A "reimagining" suggests we won't be following the further adventures of William Adama, Starbuck and co., although I'd be very surprised in the Cylons didn't factor into the story. Production is due to begin this Fall, with Universal’s exec VP of production Scott Bernstein and director of development Jay Polidoro on board as producers.
Source: Variety
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Praetorian - 4/7/2014, 2:30 PM
Have you not seen Portlandia. It's gotta be Ronald D. Moore you sociopaths!
Rhinoman - 4/7/2014, 2:32 PM
With studios so starved for franchises, surprised this did not happen earlier, and for some reason still not have used Namor. If I was Universal, would be rearing to go with anything Namor on it
MrNiklander - 4/7/2014, 2:38 PM
WWhatever!
AXE - 4/7/2014, 2:42 PM
ok
Praetorian - 4/7/2014, 2:43 PM
NO! That series is a work of art! You can't remake the statue of David or the Mona Lisa! Why is this somehow less sacred? It reconstructed and made-good an idea from the seventies but that doesnt mean you get to reboot it.
MediaMan - 4/7/2014, 2:43 PM
I thought BSG was pretty overrated, myself. The next to last episode was brilliant, though.

The (lame) finale, frankly, was predictable, in some form or other, ever since the show went on the air.
ALmazing - 4/7/2014, 2:47 PM
Its going to be tough for them to top the tv series

McGee - 4/7/2014, 3:01 PM
Sci-Fi's closest equivalent to Game of Thrones in terms of a mature television series.
Reasonnnn - 4/7/2014, 3:02 PM
GIVE IT TO ABRAMS LOL
maninfinesuit - 4/7/2014, 3:03 PM
There are many copies.
McGee - 4/7/2014, 3:04 PM
So I guess Ron Moore wasn't bullshitin' when he said all this has happened before and will happen again...
SkipKahless - 4/7/2014, 3:06 PM
Do. Not. Want.
Joementum - 4/7/2014, 3:08 PM
Launch time

Joe6Pack74 - 4/7/2014, 3:10 PM
really...
HiTcH - 4/7/2014, 3:19 PM
What do you hear, Starbuck?
Pasto - 4/7/2014, 3:32 PM
Dunejedi - 4/7/2014, 3:35 PM
Over rated and forgettable series. Pass.
ThrotTheUnclean - 4/7/2014, 3:48 PM
Tits dudes. tits.
sKeemAn - 4/7/2014, 3:59 PM
Is that picture supposed to be Last Supper type. It kinda looks silly. Not really a fan of this.

@almight nice gif. Very funny episode.
InfiniteMonkey - 4/7/2014, 4:02 PM
As long as they keep Bryan Singer away from it and have it serious and oh yeah, tits mates, tits!
Lockjaw - 4/7/2014, 4:26 PM
Leave it alone!

#frack reboots
Mercwitham0uth - 4/7/2014, 4:35 PM
The most boring series on tv is getting a movie? Weak.
Lhornbk - 4/7/2014, 5:09 PM
@rhinoman, a Namor movie would probably set a new record. For a movie bombing, that is. Seriously, I guarantee you go to a TWS showing, poll the people coming out of it, and 80-90% of them will either have no idea who Namor is, or will just have a vague notion of him being a different version of Aquaman. The only chance he would have of being a success at the box office would be to return to Marvel, somehow be introduced with the Avengers or in one of the solo movies with Cap or Iron Man, and have the character be popular enough in that film to be spun off into his own movie. No way he does well at a studio that could not connect him to other heroes.
CaptainPresley - 4/7/2014, 5:39 PM
Grew up with classic BSG and still love it to this day. The reimagined Ron Moore version not so much. I hope this much closer to the original.
maninfinesuit - 4/7/2014, 5:47 PM
I found the first season of the 2004 series extremely addictive and compelling, but the second season lost my interest quickly.
MediaMan - 4/7/2014, 6:05 PM
@Lhornbk- you're dead on the money about Namor. He'd be really tough to build a movie around, in isolation from the rest of the Marvel universe.
fceeviper - 4/7/2014, 6:51 PM
Lets do it!
darklighter1 - 4/7/2014, 6:51 PM
Loved the original till I saw the reboot. The original now seems like a clown car compared to the brilliance of Moore's version. I really don't want to see this redone again.
Wolf38 - 4/7/2014, 7:34 PM
The 2004-whenever series was very good (mostly), but for me it got wearisome after awhile.

So I'd love to see a BSG film or trilogy of films that split the difference between the old, hokey-but-easy-to-watch 1970s content and the more recent show. Confining it to films (i.e. short running time) is a good idea.
Wolf38 - 4/7/2014, 7:35 PM
Also, Bryan Singer...maybe not.
BlackIceJoe - 4/7/2014, 9:10 PM
Well this could be interesting. I not that long ago started watching the series on Netflix. It's been good so far. I'm on the second season. I really hope they don't kill off Dr. baltar. No matter what he did he's an interesting character. But the person I wish they would kill off is Starbuck. I have hated her from the very first episode. I feel the same way about the lady playing the president. But I know they kill off either. It funny watching Grace Park and seeing how young she's on that show. From watching Hawaii five-o I wish she had a bigger part in Battlestar.
VictorHugo - 4/8/2014, 7:00 AM
MediaMan: you typed wrong, you wrote OVERrated, when you naturally meant UNDERrated.
RetroFit - 4/8/2014, 7:03 AM
No Adama? No Starbuck? No thanks. Singer?? DOUBLE no thanks!
JediPhilosopher - 4/8/2014, 8:59 AM
I think they should give all movies I don't g.a.f. about (but absolutely not those I do) to Bryan Singer. :D So, sure, why not? I actually liked Jack the Giant Slayer though, even though the whole premise is pretty silly.
ICEMAN5151 - 4/8/2014, 9:33 AM
Who should or could play Namor?

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