Friday 7 January 2022

Battlestar Galactica's shared universe future

Ronald D. Moore's (For All Mankind) acclaimed reboot of Glen A. Larson's Battlestar Galactica, one of the first sci-fi series I covered on this blog, ended 15 years ago and was followed by a short-lived prequel series, Caprica.

A movie was announced as far back as 2009 but didn't materialise despite the popularity of Star Trek and Star Wars at the box office, which has culminated in more spin-offs for those storied franchises on Paramount+ and Disney+ respectively.

Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) has teased a new Battlestar Galactica movie and streaming series from Sam Esmail (Mr Robot) for Peacock during an interview with Collider.

"We are in the process of going out to directors and the hope is to attach a director and start prepping the movie this year," Kinberg said. "It's a megillah, humongous film and the prep will be a very long prep period so I would imagine even if we attached a director today it would take six, nine months to prep this movie properly. So at the earliest, we'd be shooting at the end of this year. We'd probably be shooting at the beginning of next year. Time will tell who the director is and then you or someone else will tell who the director is."

Shared universes are currently Hollywood's bread and butter. Battlestar Galactica won't be an exception in the wake of the commercial success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

"In terms of the situation with Sam and the show, I can't say too much about it other than there is synergy between the two enterprises and constant communication between us," Kinberg said. "We've become close and been having a really good time together and there will be, for lack of a better phrase and it's an overused phrase, a shared universe."

Whenever the movie and Peacock series premiere, there'll be much for Battlestar Galactica fans (myself included) to discuss. In the meantime, I should watch the final season of the reboot and rewatch the original series.

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