‘Battlestar Galactica’ is coming back again with a new reboot from the makers of ‘Mr. Robot’. What’s different about the upcoming reboot? Find out below!
‘Battlestar Galactica’ entered the television zone originally in 1978. The original sci-fi had a short life, lasting only for one season. A few years later, the show was remade into a reboot form that had a four-season run. Guess what? A new reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is on its way and there’s a lot tied with it. Never gets old, does it?
- ‘Battlestar Galactica’ has come a long way
- Peacock is bringing a new reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’
- When is the new reboot releasing?
‘Battlestar Galactica’ has come a long way
‘Battlestar Galactica’ saw the light of the day for the first time in 1978 as a sci-fi program. Created by Glen A. Larson, the show managed to eke out just one season. However, Ronald D. Moore brought the show back from the dead in the form of a reboot in 2004. It rebooted on Syfy and received great reviews during its four-season run. However, the reboot did receive a few complaints during its final moments, especially with the controversial ending.
The idea and concept of the first reboot was, of course, a figment of Moore’s extensive imagination. Following in the steps of the original ‘Battlestar Galactica’, the reboot was set in a far away corner of the universe, containing what’s left of the human civilization, highly crunched in numbers and living on new planets called the “Twelve Colonies”. The 2004 reboot by Ronald D. Moore came to be appreciated for the master-blending of mystery, philosophical and political debates into layers of the plot and the sci-fi genre.
Nevertheless, the final three-part episode of the show presented a divided house in matters of how it was received. The reboot’s ending tried to bring it all together with respect to the subplots of the series, but fans found that many questions were left unanswered. Moreover, the biggest issue with the finale was Moore’s decision to use God as a deus ex-machina! For most viewers, the finale lacked nuance and was off-putting, more so since ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was widely considered a heavily layered sophisticated sci-fi.
Peacock is bringing a new reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’
Believe it or not, Peacock is revisiting the 2004 reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ in a new light coming from ‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail. Esmail will back the Peacock production as the executive producer and promises to present an updated version of the popular sci-fi. Sam Esmail clarified in a tweet that the show will not be the remake of the original. Instead, it would explore a brand new story while keeping the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ spirit original. He said,
“BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because … why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!”
Michael Lesslie will work on writing the script of the new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ reboot for Esmail and the narrative will be set in the same universe the Syfy reboot is set in. It has also been confirmed that Esmail’s reboot will not be a limited series, which, of course, lays down hope for more than one season, if all goes well. Esmail said,
“There might be episodes that are longer than others. There might be a three-arc episode that could stretch along three episodes. There might be a standalone episode that’s a half-hour long. We want to play around with all forms”.
When is the new reboot releasing?
The new reboot for ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is still reported to be in the pre-production stage. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has definitely done some damage to the schedule. Naturally, a 2021 release is out of the question for now. That being said, “Deadline” reported in July that the new reboot of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is still on the cards and is progressing at a good pace. The NBCU streaming service original’s chief explained to “Deadline”,
“I have seen an outline that we’re excited about. It’s obviously a big undertaking and we’re aware of the importance of that IP and we’re being pretty deliberate but it’s progressing nicely”.
A cast for the reboot is yet to be lined up and the initial script is still being drafted. Once that’s done, a writing team will be taken on. A lot is to be done still for the new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ reboot. Nonetheless, it is a done deal and we can expect it to release in 2022 from the picture that the production scope paints for us.
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