Battlestar Galactica Gets Another Remake


Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Gets Another Remake

Universal has just announced plans to create a feature film version of the sci-fi magnum opus Battlestar Galactica – before fans of the sci-fi series rejoice, there’s a catch: it’s in no way related to the beloved Syfy Channel series that ran from 2004-2009.

That’s right, the Battlestar Galactica feature film has no ties to Ron Moore or David Eick, the producers of the TV series that created the show’s signature gripping plotting, fascinating characters, and dark, twisted mythology. It’s a completely new take on the property – which means fans can also say goodbye to the show’s cast, which most notably included Academy Award nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell.

The show, itself a remake of 1978-1979 Battlestar Galactica, was a haunting space epic about humanity’s few remaining survivors searching for a home after a nuclear holocaust destroys the planet. The show dealt with incredibly dark, complex themes – like the nature of humanity, especially during wartime. Can a new feature film bring the same depth that the series did? It seems unlikely – simply based on the medium, a feature film can never capture the scope and depth of the television series, both in terms of the show’s long overarching plots as well as its brilliant character arcs. How could two hours possible capture what the show took over seventy episodes to do?

Additionally, since it existed in the science-fiction world, the show was able to get away with social commentary that many shows based in reality could never. For example, the show was nominated for several Emmy Awards for an arc where the show drew clear parallels to the occupation in Iraq. The show discussed religion, politics, and the human condition. What chance is there that there’s a better version of this story to be told? The show was poignant and haunting – to try to top it seems like a fool’s errand. As countless bad Hollywood remakes have shown, if you can’t improve upon the material, maybe it’s best to leave it alone.

This is not the first time an announced remake of a beloved genre property has been met with wariness. Back in 2010, plans were announced to reboot the cult classic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer into a movie… but without the input of the show’s creator Joss Whedon. Buffy always had an incredibly distinctive tone and a particularly original voice – a voice that could be traced back directly to Whedon himself. Without him onboard, the project seemed like a bad idea. Whedon and several of the show’s cast members went on record saying that it wasn’t something that pleased them, and the project eventually fizzled out, never seeing the light of the day.

On the other hand, when plans were announced to create the second Battlestar Galactica television series, fans of the seventies series had similar reactions. Fans were not amused to discover that the cigar-chomping ladies man Lieutenant Starbuck would now be a female character. Fans sent hate mail and vowed to boycott the show; little did they know that the female Starbuck, played with untethered ferocity and nerve by Katee Sackhoff, would become the show’s standout character and a fan favorite. They had no way of foreseeing that the new Battlestar Galactica would be something so incredible and were quick to rush to judgement. Perhaps it’s best that fans unhappy about the film version take a wait and see approach – after all, maybe this third version of Starbuck will be something beyond what they could have ever imagined.

By: Alex Warheit

Entertainment Weekly

9 Responses to "Battlestar Galactica Gets Another Remake"

  1. nathan   February 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Would love to see one. the last series sucked. I would hope it would be like the original .

  2. Glennie   November 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Such ugly, judgmental people. Just ugly. Ron Moore and David Eick would not have lasted out as long if the story was “soooo terrible.” Some people are just winey and cannot be satisfied for anything. BSG in Moore’s world was gripping, thoughtful, edgy, educated, and dark. It was not all pretty, with a certain kind of human galloping in on horses, to save the day. Adama was not some all-good archon, with Tye being is lapdog. I grew up on the old version, and was — oppositely — delighted to see a version that made people think. This is why it lasted for 4 seasons, as well as had a spin-off called “Caprica,” and “Blood & Chrome.” They mythology lasted. I even use it to teach story and drama in my writing course. I cannot judge how this movie version will do, but I wish it well.

  3. BSGFanatic   November 18, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Omg you mean Ron Moore and David Eick is not involved?….YES! Battlstar Galactica sucked, there I said it, no not the original or any of the books, this sci fi failed version sucked so hard, it delights me to no end to hear BSG is getting a remake and Ron Moore esp is in no way affiliated with it. BSG could be so good, it has so much potential, and please for the love of everything living DO NOT COP OUT IN THE END AND END IT WITH FLYING A SHIP INTO THE SUN, worst ending ever , BSG Sci FI was just terrible, where are the alien races? we already know they exist hell the 1978 version had more alien races than this vomit had. Looking forward to a great BSG movie.

  4. Gareth O'Toole   April 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I hope they stick to source material and make the Cylons in this alien as man made robots ring to destroy their creators has been done to death

  5. Steven   April 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I didn’t like the 2004 remake at all. The new Galactica was so ugly and was a joke compared to the original 1978s one.

    • Gareth O'Toole   April 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      I hope they stick to source material this time and make the Cylons alien and not man made as that’s been done to death

  6. The_masked_fapper   April 13, 2015 at 4:48 am

    The 2004 series was awful beyond compare. It systematically destroyed, raped, annihilated everything that was good about the original series, episode after episode was filled with completely unnecessary drivel that contributed nothing. They never made it to earth (Unless earth was destroyed by some mystery nuclear war between humans and cylons they apparently independently constructed – 2000 years before Galactica even gets there mind you) I tried so hard. Prayed it would get better…it just never, ever did.

    The actors were almost okay, the shows premise and it’s writing was the most awful I’ve personally ever encountered.

    They ruined and broke every idea, everything good.

    I hated it sooooooooooooo much.

    Just awful.

  7. Gareth O'Toole   September 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Well I thought the ’04 version was so so with a boring pilot.The series fell apart after two good seasons too. The original’s pilot episode was awesome. The idea of man made machines going bad has been far too over done before. The one element missing from this one was the Cylons being alien and completely merciless and an element of mystery. The Human Cylons were also a real bore and I sure as hell missed the Imperious Leader. I hope this new one sticks to the original story and we get to see a cracking cast. The only improvement in the new one was a better Adama. Lorne Greene was good, Olmos was better

    • louis1978uk   October 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      couldn’t agree move grew up on vanilla bsg like many pre release of the remodel 2004 i was not impressed starbuck was recast to a female actor however reserved judgement even now i still jump backl to the pilot and watch 2/3rds of the 4 seasons riveted however they need to start focusing on the true scifi not this nonesense head screwing intigue b.s the tv and hollywood is literally overflowing with do i care there are 12 models and there is 1 hidden in bsg67 yes moderately,enough to drag it out for half the shows total air time,god no!
      also drop the BS episode focusing on 1 char having emotional meltdown its just old and outdated now move on…

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