It is no surprise to me that Universal Pictures would want to make a new Battlestar Galactica. Especially after how well the Star Trek reboot did at the box office. We reported not too long ago that the movie will not be based off of the incredible TV show. But actually spawn from the original 1970's series which doesn't make much sense to me. On top of that, Ron Moore will not be a part of it.
Battlestar Galactica vet Richard Hatch expressed his feelings on the BSG reboot movie to moviehole, and offers some suggestions on how Universal should do it right, even though he has no place in the production.
‘'I think they saw the success Paramount had with their Star Trek reboot. But unlike Paramount, who seems to know the Star trek audience, I don't think Universal ever quite got Battlestar. I just hope they hire the right people, and make a good movie.''
He makes a great point, and the right people do need to be brought in. Which makes me wonder why Ron Moore is out of the running. Perhaps they didn't like how he ended the series. I don't know, but he is one of those talented guys that actually knows the world and is a big fanboy himself. It should be interesting to see who they end up bringing in to develop the movie. Hatch continues saying Universal...
"...Should go further back like Star Trek... it was still the characters we love, but they went back twenty...thirty... years to when they were just kids. But with Battlestar, they're just going to go back to the same time frame we saw in the series' and recast those roles. I don't think Star Trek would've been successful if they had recast the Star Trek characters at the same age as they were in the previous films. By going back, it gave that film a window so fans could expect a change of cast."
Which is probably what Universal will end up doing. After talking about how amazing the original BSG movie looked on the IMAX screen he say's:
If they did it today, a full-blown movie of Battlestar, I think it would be amazing... so long as whoever does it understands the characters, the heart & soul, and mythology of it. I just hope they really get it."
There have been a few people that have wanted to adapt the story to the big screen. Such as Glen Larson and X-Men producer Tom DeSanto, who was the closest one to get it going a few years back. It most likely will be done without him now.
Regarding the TV series 'The Plan' is the last installment we will see from the current series. But Hatch believes that if the fans are rabid enough, then SyFy will make more of them, but possibly from a different perspective. He says:
"It's never the end if fans want more. It's a money game. If they realize people want more, believe me, they'll make more of them - they did it with Babylon 5, and a number of other sci-fi shows. Battlestar is not done yet, it's just a question of how and when it'll come back.''
It would be great to see something like this happen but I don't think it will happen for a long time. In the end the only thing we can hope for is that no matter what Universal ends up doing with the property, they will get the right people on board and that it will be properly executed.
What say you?