'Battlestar's' Moore to pen new film trilogy

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Looking to develop its own homegrown franchises, United Artists is embarking on a space odyssey with sci-fi writer Ronald D. Moore.

The studio has signed Moore, the co-creator, writer and exec producer of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica," to create and write an original sci-fi trilogy for the big screen.

Moore, whose writing credits include the features "Star Trek: Generations" and "Star Trek: First Contact" as well as episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Roswell" and "Carnivale," worked with new UA CEO Paula Wagner nearly 10 years ago when she and partner Tom Cruise were producing "Mission: Impossible II," on which he received a story credit.

"Over the last decade, Ron has emerged as the foremost sci-fi, fantasy creator, writer in the industry and working with him to bring his creative talents to the big screen is a great partnership for our studio," Wagner said.

UA president of production Don Granger brought the project into the studio.

Moore, repped by CAA, also is working on a prequel to "The Thing" for Universal.
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