Reboots are all the rage today and it seem sometimes that producers are ignoring all the good new Sci-Fi stories out there and playing it safe by bringing some of or older favorites back. This time time they are setting their eyes on the prehistoric space age universe of Battlestar Galactica.
First word about the possibility came back in February and there has been little new since. Today we learned that Lisa Joy, writer and executive producer for HBO’s West World, has been brought on to write the script. She will be joining producers Michael De Luca (Childhood’s End), Scott Stuber (Battleship), and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). It is also rumored that the director of the film will be Francis Lawrence who directed the last three movies of ‘The Hunger Games’ series as well as ‘I am Legend’. With such a great lineup of creative talent, I hope they don’t Frak it up!
Battlestar Galactica has had a long standing history (almost 40 years) of bringing us good character driven stories. From the original series in 1977 and 1980 and then the mini-series in 2003 that spawned a successful series and two spin-offs (Caprica, and the failed pilot that became a made for TV movie) the show has pushed the envelope of what a gritty Sci-Fi drama could bring to audiences. They brought great depth to the characters personalities, including those of the artificial inelegance of the Cylons, that were brought to life by the talented cast that deftly portrayed a multitude of personality traits in each. It was truly a collaborative effort that brought its success and if they are able to bring even a fraction of that to the table with this reboot, it will be a success.