The Hollywood Reporter details that its sources claim Esmail’s series will be an updated look at the Battlestar Galactica universe, and will take its inspiration from Ron Moore’s 2004 series, rather than the 1978 original from Glen A. Larson. The show, which has been commissioned straight-to-series, will be created for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.
Love BSG? Check out IGN’s favourite sci-fi shows.Esmail will executive produce the series, and a writer has yet to be hired. The show will be made by Universal Content Productions, where Esmail already has an established deal to produce numerous shows. Battlestar Galactica will be his second show for NBCUniversal’s Peacock; he is also working on an adaptation of the sci-fi classic Metropolis.
Battlestar Galactica’s 2004 reboot came in the wake of the Semptember 11 attacks and Middle-eastern conflicts, and reimagined the story of humanity attempting to find a new home while fleeing their AI creations through the lens of modern warfare and terrorism. It’s an approach that earned the four-season show a huge amount of critical praise, and it’s often considered one of the best shows of the 21st century.
News of a Battlestar Galactica reboot surfaced a number of years ago. Ron Moore himself noted at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 that the new version would be “fundamentally different.”
“We wrote the show and made it at a very specific time in the country’s history. We were reflecting what was going on through a science-fiction prism,” he said at the show’s 25th anniversary cast reunion panel.
Esmail’s Battlestar Galactica will form part of initial original programming slate for Peacock, which launches in April 2020.
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