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Battlestar Galactica is getting another shot at the big-screen.
Powerhouse producer Michael De Luca is teaming up with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to produce the movie for Universal, which is hoping to launch a massive event franchise.
Galactica was the short-lived but impactful television series created by Glen A. Larson in the post-Star Wars halo that aired on ABC from 1978 to 1979.
The show was revived and re-imagined for the post-9-11 world in 2004 as a thought-provoking, politically-charged series that ran to great acclaim on Syfy from 2004 to 2009.
As the show was winding down, Universal began developing the property as a movie, enlisting Bryan Singer to direct it, with several screenwriters coming and going. Singer hasn’t been involved with the project since at least 2014.
No writers are on board at this early stage of the project.
The hook of the show concerned human civilization on distant planets being almost wiped out by intelligent machines known as Cylons. The survivors flee on starships, and led by the Galactica and her heroic crew, try to find a mythic human colony called Earth.
De Luca is one of the producers of Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey movies and produced its 2014 monster movie Dracula Untold.
Stuber’s Bluegrass is coming off of Ted 2 and is prepping the Boston Marathon Bombing movie Patriot’s Day with Pete Berg directing and Mark Wahlberg starring. The shingle is currently in post-production on The Free State of Jones, written and directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey, and Central Intelligence, New Line’s comedy starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson.
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