TRANSCENDENCE Writer Jack Paglen to Pen BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Movie

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Over two years ago, Bryan Singer was circling a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series Battlestar Galactica with John Orloff (Anonymous) set to write the script.  For those unfamiliar with Battlestar Galactica, it centers on a war between humanity and a race of machines called “Cylons”.  Since 2011, word on the film has gone quiet, Singer has moved on, and it looked like Ronald D. Moore and David Eick‘s excellent Sci-Fi series would be the only adaptation.  However, Variety is reporting that you can’t keep a good cylon down, and that Universal has brought on Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the screenplay.  Original series creator Glen Larson is still on board to produce.

Since I’m a big fan of Moore/Eick’s adaptation, I’m obviously a little skeptical of a movie.  But Battlestar is a premise with a lot of potential, and since I haven’t seen Transcendence, I have no frame of reference on Paglen’s work (he’s also attached to write the sequel for Prometheus).  Hopefully, he’ll have an interesting take on the material, and Universal will hire a good director to bring the script to life.  Hit the jump to see the opening credits for the original Battlestar Galactica series and the remake.

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  • cruzzercruz

    Just let it be. The finale of Battlestar was almost enough to ruin it, don’t resurrect the original or go on rebooting it.

    • Raptor Jesus

      No ‘almost’ about it. Ruined.

  • Gary Collins

    Wait a minute if they do this, everyone will think this is some big screen movie of the 00 series and not the 70 series and this will probably end up blowing up in their faces.

  • Jack le Critic

    The rights to BSG are all over the place. Didn’t Richard Hatch try a reboot a few years back? (That actually looked potentially quite good)

    Why has Spaights not been brought in to finish the Prometheus job he started? I’m cautious about Paglen, he could be this years Lindelof…Transcendence looks crap :s

    • Kevin Carter

      Yeah. He filmed a promo that was a continuation of the original series in a bid to get it made. They decided to go for a total reboot though. I would’ve like to have seen Richard’s version tbh.

  • October_1985

    This is ridiculous. There is no way they can surpass the magnificent reboot with a two hour movie. Another senseless remake.

  • mattinacan

    there is no way a two hour movie can do this material justice, especially after the phenomenal four seasons on scifi.

    • eternalozzie

      you have to be kidding … the first season was great but they turned it into a poorly written soap opera after that …
      At least with a movie budget they can make Cylons … not humans that they claim are Cylons because they can’t afford to do special effects.

      • Norrtron

        Yeah, because the reboot series would have been more interesting if the cylons were just regular robots.

      • eternalozzie

        yes … it would have been …

      • eternalozzie

        yes … it would have been …

      • Cedhollywood

        The reboot tv series did have its fair share of “robot” cylons. Part of the reason to have human looking cylons was to blend in and infiltrate to destroy all of the human race.

    • Kevin Carter

      Fair point. Maybe they can just re-release the original movie and hit it up with some 3d…

    • Gary Collins

      WAAAAAAHAAHHHA! MATTINACAN. I agree this is a stupid idea, but I’m not whining about it.

      • mattinacan

        no, you are whining about someone else whining over it, which is… just about what i expected from someone of your mental capability.

      • Gary Collins

        My mental capability? I don’t care what you think about my mental capability. You whiner.

      • Gary Collins

        My mental capability? I don’t care what you think about my mental capability. You whiner.

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  • rivertreeradar

    if glen larson is producing then its a step in the right direction. i guess how much real involvement he’ll have is up in the air. there’s so much to mine in this property. the original series was like a mirage the first time i saw it. i couldn’t believe how unique it was for television. the effects and the pace were borderline theatrical. sure it was a little melodramatic but so is star wars and star trek at times. and the re-imagining was stellar. battlestar could end up like batman with tons of cool variations.

  • rivertreeradar

    if glen larson is producing then its a step in the right direction. i guess how much real involvement he’ll have is up in the air. there’s so much to mine in this property. the original series was like a mirage the first time i saw it. i couldn’t believe how unique it was for television. the effects and the pace were borderline theatrical. sure it was a little melodramatic but so is star wars and star trek at times. and the re-imagining was stellar. battlestar could end up like batman with tons of cool variations.

  • 80sRobot

    Oh yeah, I expect to see this in the theater right along with Ghostbusters 3 and Goonies 2.

  • ernest schoenmakers

    MESSAGE TO MATT GOLDBERG: I want to know about the movie LONELY HUNTER you posted 183 days ago but i was asking you about if there were any updates from this movie that started the production somewhere in 2012, now it’s 2014 and i want to know whether this movie is completed or not, does it run in theaters, or is it already available on DVD?

  • Andy43

    Great can’t wait hope the go more the ”Orginal” Battlestar Galactica route.
    Glen A. Larson had a lot of great ideas in the 70s but not the time and budget to
    fulfill his ideas.
    Also they had all the time problems in the 70s with the TV-Station that his vision are to dark and violence!?? :)
    I think the ”original” concept was too big and epic for the small screen.
    But when Universal do it this time right the can create a ”franchise” like Star Wars!
    May be a little bit darker!

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