'Galactica' originator boarding Uni feature


As Sci Fi Channel's series "Battlestar Galactica" enters its final episodes, Universal quietly has entered into negotiations with Glen A. Larson to produce a big-screen version of the property he created.

"Battlestar," which originally aired on ABC in 1978-79, was produced in the wake of the success of "Star Wars," which caused a sci-fi revival in popular culture. The premise involved a human civilization on 12 planets decimated from an attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons. Survivors are led by the starship Galactica in their attempt to find a mythic 13th planet named Earth.

The Sci Fi series, under the direction of executive producer Ronald D. Moore, took that premise and ran with it, incorporating the politics of war, religion, torture and destiny and becoming the channel's signature program. Moore will not be involved in the feature version.

The movie, in fact, will have no connection to the latest series. Such staples as the characters Adama, Starbuck and Baltar are expected to remain, but insiders have said the feature will be a complete reimagining of both series.

No writer is attached.

Larson, one of the biggest names in 1970s and '80s TV as a creator of such shows as "Switch" and "Magnum, P.I.," is repped by manager Denny Bond. (partialdiff)
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