The upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie from X-Men veteran Simon Kinberg is still lightyears away, but we now know the film will take place in the same universe as the Battlestar Galactica reboot coming to Peacock.
Speaking to Collider, Kinberg said he is in “constant communication” with Sam Esmail, the executive producer of the Peacock series. “In terms of the situation with Sam and the show, I can’t say too much about it other than there is synergy between the two enterprises and constant communication between us,” Kinberg said.
“We’ve become close and been having a really good time together and there will be, for lack of a better phrase and it’s an overused phrase, a shared universe.”
This indirectly confirms that the movie will also be a part of the universe that Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica series takes place in because we previously learned that the Peacock series would tell a new story in that same universe. Unless plans have changed, it seems both projects will continue the mythos of the beloved 2004 show.
The Peacock series doesn’t yet have a release date. The last we heard, Michael Lesslie is on board to write and executive produce the series. Lesslie was the showrunner for AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl, and writer for the Assassin’s Creed movie.
As for the movie’s progress, Kinberg says it’s still a long way away, adding that they are hoping to find a director for the project this year.
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“It’s a megillah, humongous film and the prep will be a very long prep period so I would imagine even if we attached a director today it would take six, nine months to prep this movie properly,” Kinberg said. “So at the earliest, we’d be shooting at the end of this year. We’d probably be shooting at the beginning of next year.”
It’s been a long road for the Battlestar Galactica film reboot, with rumblings of its production going back to 2009, when Moore’s series ended. In 2020, we learned Kinberg would write and produce the film. Kinberg has been part of the X-Men film series since 2006.
And, speaking of Kinberg, the filmmaker recently commented on the future of the X-Men coming to the MCU, saying Marvel producer Kevin Feige, “knows what he’s doing with the MCU.”
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.