Fans of the television series Battlestar Gallactica received some potentially great news today after a report from Variety’s Dave McNary revealed that Universal is “ramping up” production on a movie version of the Sci-Fi series.
McNary reports that Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has signed on to pen the screenplay and original series creator Glen Larson will produce the film.
The franchise has seen two different spins on the series with the first airing from 1978-1979 with Lorne Greene playing the role of Commander Adama and Richard Hatch in the role of Captain Apollo.
The show came back with a new look in 2004 and ran for 73 episodes over five seasons with Edward James Olmos taking over the role as Commander Adama in what was billed as “a re-imagining of the original series in which a “rag-tag fugitive fleet” of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing robots while simultaneously searching for their true home, Earth.”
No word yet on who will direct the Battlestar Gallactica film and as McNary notes in 2009 there were rumors of The Usual Suspects and director of the X-Men franchise Bryan Singer attached to a future Battlestar film, but it appears that he has moved on, according to collider.com, so the next big step is to find a director to make this a hit for the fans of the television series and hire a stellar cast.