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'Battlestar Galactica' to get big screen treatment

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According to an April 8, 2014 story in Variety, “Battlestar Galactic,” the space adventure which has already seen two incarnations on TV, will be given the big screen treatment at Universal Studios.

“Universal is ramping up a movie version of the sci-fi franchise “Battlestar Galactica,” aiming to develop the film as a complete reimagining of the story.

“’Transcendence’ writer Jack Paglen has signed on to write the screenplay. Paglen has also committed to Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ sequel for Fox that will start production this fall.

“Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the “Battlestar Galactica” film.”

“Battlestar Galactica,” the story of a rag tag fugitive space fleet fleeing a robotic civilization known as the Cylons that had destroyed their homeworlds for a “shining planet known as Earth” first aired in the late 1970s, It starred Lorne Green, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict among others and lasted for a single season.

The show was reimaged on the SyFy Channel in the early 21st Century by Ron Moore. This version, which starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, and Katie Sackhoff took on a decidedly darker, more serious tone than its 1970s predecessor. The reimaged series lasted several seasons and was noted for its breath taking action, nuanced characters, and social commentary subtext,