The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Simon Kinberg has signed up to serve as producer as well as write the screenplay for the film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica in development at Universal.
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.
Simon Kinberg released a statement saying:
Battlestar Galactica is one of the holy grails in science fiction, and I couldn’t be more excited about bringing something new to the franchise, while honouring what’s made it so iconic and enduring. I’m so grateful that Dylan and my partners at Universal have trusted me with this incredible universe.
Simon Kinberg is well-known for being a writer-producer for the majority of the X-Men franchise run at 20th Century Fox, with his next film project being the upcoming thriller The 355 which he’s directed. Kinberg will be producing alongside Dylan Clark, who has been attached to the project for the last few years. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Jay Polidoro and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.