Yes, there is another streaming service coming. NBC Universal has announced their new service, Peacock, which will launch in April, will have one high-profile project that may convince TV watchers to fork over for another service: a revisitation of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ from Sam Esmail, the creator of USA Network’s ‘Mister Robot’, which has won two Golden Globes. Esmail took to social media to clarify that his ‘Battlestar Galactica’ won’t be a reboot of the 2000s series from Ronald D. Moore, but will actually be set within the same continuity, and will just tell a “new story.”
BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because… why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!
— Sam Esmail (@samesmail) September 17, 2019
Moore’s ‘BSG’ premiered on Syfy in 2003 as a two-part miniseries that acted as a backdoor pilot for an ongoing series which arrived in 2004. That series lasted for four seasons and is one of Syfy’s biggest successes to date. The cast included Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, and Grace Park. ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was followed by the prequel ‘Caprica’, and web series ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome‘ which was later edited into a TV movie.
Of course, Moore’s creation was itself a reboot of the original TV series of the same name, created by Glen A. Larson, which aired for a single season in 1978-79 on ABC. That show starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict and was a reaction to ‘Star Wars’ which had been a phenomenon at the box office the year before. Thanks to fan support, the show was briefly revived as ‘Galactica 1980’.
Will a new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ be enough to entice you to subscribe to yet another new streaming service?