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The long-awaited Battlestar Galactica movie has a new writer: Simon Kinberg. Kinberg will also produce the project, which is coming from Universal. The Battlestar movie has been kicking around for so long that at one point now-disgraced filmmaker Bryan Singer was attached to helm, and a revolving list of writers – including Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy – have been involved with the script. Now it’s Kinberg’s turn.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Ash vs. Evil Dead stars believe they can convince Bruce Campbell to come back.
  • Ronald D. Moore reveals the original, 4-hour concept for the Battlestar Galactica finale.
  • Patrick Dempsey’s new dram Devils gets picked up by The CW.
  • The highest-rated show on broadcast television Wednesday wasn’t even a TV show.

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battlestar galactica reboot

There’s a new Battlestar Galactica reboot in the works, and it might end up being more familiar than expected. Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is developing the new Battlestar for the upcoming NBC streaming service Peacock, and according to Ronald D. Moore, who created the previous Battlestar reboot, Esmail’s series might be set in the same universe as Moore’s. And that makes a certain sense based on how Moore’s show ended. Spoilers for the 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica reboot follow. 

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Update: Sam Esmail confirmed that his Battlestar Galactica series will not be a remake but a new story set within the universe of the sci-fi franchise. Read more below.

NBCUniversal‘s forthcoming streaming service finally has a name: Peacock. An homage to the network’s iconic logo and a strong contender for the worst name of the new streaming platforms, Peacock will be launching in spring 2020 with a lineup of more than 15,000 hours of content. That includes beloved library titles like Parks and Recreation as well as new originals including reboots of Battlestar Galactica and Saved by the Bell.

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battlestar galactica movie writer

Universal has been trying to get the Battlestar Galactica movie off the ground for years, and now things may be kicking into gear for the sci-fi reboot again. Jay Basu has been tapped as the Battlestar Galactica writer, and Red Sparrow‘s Francis Lawrence is also officially set to direct the film.

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‘Battlestar Galactica’ Star Richard Hatch Dead at 71

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Richard Hatch, the prolific television actor best known for his work in the original Battlestar Galactica as well as the 2003 remake series, has passed away at the age of 71. While never a household name, Hatch holds a special place in the hearts of millions of science fiction fans all over the world as a convention regular and a charismatic ambassador for the genre.

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Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica movie has been in on-again, off-again development for years, and a few months ago we heard Universal still wasn’t ready to give up. We’ll see whether this latest incarnation of the project gets any further than the earlier ones did, but as of this week it is one step closer to liftoff. Westworld scribe Lisa Joy has just been set to pen the adaptation, and word is the studio is trying to get The Hunger Games‘ Francis Lawrence on board to direct.  Read More »

Battlestar Galactica

Just as Bill Adama refused to give up on humanity, even after countless Cylon attacks and supply outages and political disputes, Hollywood is not giving up on the notion of a Battlestar Galactica movie, no matter how many false starts they’ve had in the past. The latest team to attempt to try and maneuver this big old spaceship to the big screen will be Michael De Luca and Scott Stuber, who are producing for Universal.  Read More »

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Helmets Revealed?

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Now that Star Wars: Rogue One is in production (set photos have begun to leak online), and the Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation embargo is officially over, Disney has begun promoting the film at D23 Expo 2015 where they revealed the film’s full cast along with a cast photo. Rogue One co-star Donnie Yen has posted an image of new helmets on his instagram account. Are these new helmets from Star Wars: Rogue One? We believe so.

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So say we all. Whether you’ve seen Battlestar Galactica before, or have been meaning to see it, today is the day to pull the trigger. This week’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Week is 70% off Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on Blu-ray or 64% off the DVD box set, which means they’re only $89.99 or $72.99 respectively. What the frak are you waiting for?