'Battlestar Galactica' on course for movie reboot, report says

Spool up the FTL drives! The popular sci-fi franchise is tipped to get a "reimagining" from Universal.

The 2004 "Battlestar Galactica" TV series is a fan favourite. Syfy

Cylon-slapping sci-fi franchise "Battlestar Galactica" is tipped to get a major movie reboot, courtesy of Universal.

The rumoured project, which is said to have signed on "Transcendence" writer Jack Paglen, will be a "complete reimagining" of the story, Variety reports. Glen Larson, who created the original 1978 series, is pegged to produce the silver screen effort.

While details are thin on the ground, a "reimagining" suggests that any upcoming Battlestar movie will depart from the acclaimed 2004 series, which starred Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell as star-flung travellers fleeing the destruction of the Colonies at the hands of the dastardly, cybernetic Cylons. Universal execs Scott Bernstein and Jay Polidoro are reportedly overseeing the latest outing for the veteran franchise.

Universal is yet to confirm that it has a Battlestar flick in the works, so fans would be wise to take this news with a pinch of salt for now. Even if it is true, it's not uncommon for movies or TV projects to flounder mid-development, and never see the light of day. That said, the 2004 "Battlestar Galactica" reboot has a devoted fan following, so perhaps the dream isn't light years away.

What would you want from a Battlestar movie? Let me know in the comments.

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