Some projects in Hollywood just never die no matter how long they remain in developmental hell. Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ comes to mind immediately, but other on-again off-again projects that seem to pop up again every few years include ‘Akira’, ‘Bill & Ted 3’, and ‘Roger Rabbit 2’. In fact, ’Deadpool’ starring Ryan Reynolds was among those films as well until the test footage leaked and the studio gave the green light after seeing the fan’s reaction to it. But now it looks like another frequently troubled production is back at it again and looking for the same success as the Merc With A Mouth.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is gearing up to try once again with a big screen adaptation of ‘Battlestar Galactica’. They’ve gotten the ball rolling by bringing in some new producers. For starters, they’re bringing in superstar producer Michael De Luca, who has worked on ‘Moneyball’, ‘The Social Network’, ‘American History X’, and the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movies, in addition to many, many more. He’ll be teaming with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films, which has had a hand in ‘Ted’, ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’, and the upcoming ‘Central Intelligence’ starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. While there’s currently no writers or directors attached at this time, the studio hopes that these producers are the first step towards launching a massive event franchise similar to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’.
Previously, Universal made a few attempts at bringing the short-lived ABC cult series created by Glen A. Larson to the big screen. When the acclaimed SyFy reboot starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, and Katee Sackhoff began winding down in 2009, the studio tapped Bryan Singer and John Orloff to develop a feature film reboot of the franchise. When that version fell apart in 2014, they turned to ‘Transcendence’ and ‘Alien: Covenant’ writer Jack Paglen to work on a new script. But now that that hasn’t gone anywhere either, they’ve opted to start from scratch once again.
What do you think about Universal bringing ‘Battlestar Galactica’ to a theater near you? Are you disappointed to hear that it will likely be another reboot with no connection to the TV shows that came before it? Sound off in the comments.