Battlestar Galactica: The Movie

Like Firefly and other cult science fiction TV shows before it, it has been announced that Battlestar Galactica will in fact, get a movie.

That is despite the fact that the rebooted version of the show has been off the air for the better part of a decade. This is despite the fact that once said reboot went off the air, SciFi rebranded to SyFy and proceeded to miss the entire science fiction and fantasy renaissance in popular culture. And, perhaps most importantly, this is despite that terrible ending said reboot had.


But perhaps that ending is partly why this movie is not directly tied to said reboot. According to Deadline: “The long-awaited big-screen transfer of the Glen Larson 1978 TV series is moving forward at Universal. Lisa Joy, who scripted and is exec producer on HBO’s series Westworld, is writing the script. Francis Lawrence is circling the movie to direct.”

With such language tying the movie back to the original, much campier, far more clearly derivative of Star Wars version of the show–which was also  far more overt in the fact that it was a parable for Mormonism–this movie sounds more like an attempt to re-reboot the series instead of make a movie of the original reboot. As does Deadline’s closing comment about it “giv[ing] Universal a strong chance to create another tentpole franchise.”

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Hogan as Col. Saul Tigh, Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin, Edward James Olmos as Commander William Adama, Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama, James Callis as Dr. Gauis Baltar, Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon, Tricia Helfer as Number Six, Grace Park as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii -- SCI FI Channel Photo: Justin Stephens

Still, with the reboot far more fresh in viewer’s minds (and for those under 40, the only version they probably have ever seen) it is far more likely that the post 9/11 and war on terror parable version of the series will heavily influence the movie’s tenor. The question is if they will also lift quite a bit of the altered mythos of the reboot with the “all this has happened before and all will happen again” portentousness.

And then of course, if they will also fix the ending. Fixing the ending would be swell. But either way, considering how well the material transferred to the stand alone backdoor pilot mini series (and the first few episode of Season 1), it’s a good indication that even if the series decided to start all over again, there’s a good template that the reboot created that they can follow.



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