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07 April 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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To quote from part of the Sacred Scrolls in Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica update, “All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.” That appears to be Universal's approach to the slowly developing Battlestar Galactica film, as the studio has hired Transcendence writer Jack Paglen to begin work on a new story.

Unlike previous plans, which seemed to take Moore’s cult early 2000s series into consideration, it appears that the plan is now to wipe the board clean and completely re-imagine of the story. Frakking hell!

The original series creator, Glen Larson, is on board to produce the movie, which Paglen will kick off writing based partly on the original 1978 version, in which humans were battling the deadly cybernetic Cylons while also looking for the planet Earth. Moore’s take on the story, which ran for four seasons starting in 2003 with a miniseries, opened up the universe to explore deeper concepts of faith, morality and politics while also providing some well-executed action.

It remains to be seen which direction Paglen will take, but he’s becoming something of a sci-fi specialist between this, Transcendence (due out April 25) and his time working on the Prometheus sequel. It’ll be his job to crack a concept that has frustrated several filmmakers in the years even before the Moore series, with Bryan Singer attached more than once to try to bring the story to life.

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RE: No, it wasn't.
For the record: As an EMPIRE reader for 20 years, and a movie and TV enthusiast for even longer, I've seen *a lot* and you, sir, are sadly frakkin' mistaken in your assessment of Moore's version. I had gilded memories of having seen the original (which ran for 1 season, mind you), and re-visiting it a decade ago proved it was a camp cash-in made in the wake of the success of Star Wars. And don't even get me started on the hideous low-budget *second* series set on Earth circa 1980... TIME m More

Posted by veers at 21:26 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

RE: No, it wasn't.
L: Cool Breeze Maybe it will be a proper adaptation of the classic 70s tv series rather than that '' oh were so dark and gritty and post 9/11 '' rubbish churned out by Ron Moore. he 2004 Battlestar beats the shit out of the original with a giant nail-studded club. It is superior in virtually every way it is possible for it to be superior. More

Posted by superdan at 21:16 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

RE: No, it wasn't.
Maybe it will be a proper adaptation of the classic 70s tv series rather than that '' oh were so dark and gritty and post 9/11 '' rubbish churned out by Ron Moore. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:27 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

No, it wasn't.
No, it wasn't one of the greatest tv shows ever. I agree. That's because it WAS THE GREATEST TV SHOW EVER. Anyone who really followed this show knows that. Doing a re-imagining of it is completely pointless. The original show from the 70s/80s is so dire that it's hard to believe people actually remember it with any affection at all. It looks so incredibly cheap for one thing. and the scripting/acting is risible. My advice is just buy the Moore series and forget about this nonsense. And get Fire More

Posted by ericcoyle at 14:37 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

It was not one of the greatest TV shows ever
It had no idea where it was going, and wimped out completely towards the end. The only really good thing it going for it was the production design and imagery, which a re imagining will have a tough time beating... More

Posted by WHTRZ at 13:16 on 08 April 2014 | Report This Post

Why would anyone want to do something that's instantly going to be compared against one of the greatest TV shows ever? Talk about being on a hiding to nothing... More

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