It seems the dual upcoming “Battlestar Galactica” projects – a new movie and an upcoming series – won’t be rivals after all but rather part of a larger whole.
Back in 2019 came word that a new series was in development based on the property for streaming service Peacock, and which had “Mr. Robot” showrunner Sam Esmail producing.
Things seemingly still haven’t progressed much beyond a pilot still being in the works. Meanwhile, a long-in-development film adaptation picked up steam with filmmaker Simon Kinberg tapped to write and produce the film alongside Dylan Clark.
Talking with Collider to promote “The 355,” Kinberg confirmed that the film is still alive with a second draft of the script finished:
“We are in the process of going out to directors and the hope is to attach a director and start prepping the movie this year. 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.
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. Time will tell who the director is and then you or someone else will tell who the director is.”
He then confirmed that both the film and the planned TV series are far more linked than has been reported on:
“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. 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.”
Does either of these projects tie into the first reboot, Ron Moore’s acclaimed Syfy series from the mid-late 2000s? Kinberg says: “There are connections, but it is certainly not simply a continuation or a remake of Ron Moore’s masterpiece.”