Deadline is exclusively reporting that Michael Lesslie, screenwriter for films such as Macbeth and Assassins Creed, as well as spy drama series The Little Drummer Girl, has now been brought onboard by Peacock to create, write and executive produce the Battlestar Galactica reboot series.
Battlestar Galactica first came out to the small screen back in 1978, created by Glen A. Larson, though it was short live lasting only one season. A year later, ABC Network and Larson tried again with Galactica 1980 and once again was short lived, lasting for ten episodes. Then in 2003, Ronald D. Moore worked on the reimagining of Battlestar Galactica for the post 9/11 world, as a miniseries on the Sci-Fi (now Syfy) Network before being given a series order, lasting for four seasons endings back in 2009. The premise of the show focuses on human civilisations on distant planets almost being completely wiped out by a race of intelligent machines known as Cylons. The survivors flee on starships, led by the Galactica and her crew, trying to find a mythic human colony known as Earth.
In a statement released by Deadline, Michael Lesslie said:
I am beyond excited to be taking on this iconic and inspirational show. As a lifelong devotee, I know that the possibilities of Battlestar Galactica’s world are infinite and that each iteration has raised the bar for epic and intelligent sci-fi storytelling. The teams at Esmail Corp, UCP and Peacock are second to none, and I already know that we are going to honour Glen A Larson and Ronald D Moore’s landmark series and break new boundaries with our own vision. It’s a dream come true – one I just can’t wait to share with fans, new and old alike. So say we all.
The reboot series hails from Sam Esmail, who struck an overall deal with NBCU’s Universal Content Productions last year. Battlestar Galactica will be produced by Esmail Corp and UCP, with Esmail and Chad Hamilton serving as executive producers.