Ronald D. Moore took the older sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica and turned it into a riveting adult drama that is slowly and quietly coming to a close. I'm rather traumatized by the idea of this emotionally cutting-edged show coming to a close, but it's going out with quite a bang. Thank you Mr. Moore.
In my mind, once this is done and we get to the prequel Caprica and a few BSG movies, we should be good - right? Well it seems Universal is not the the same page we are. As a matter of fact I'm wondering if they're even reading the same book!
In what I think is one of the most boneheaded pieces of news I have come across in recent times, it's been rumored that Universal has been in negotiations with Glen A. Larson to do a Battlestar Galactica movie.
Great news you say? Not so fast.
The concept is NOT a movie with Ronald D. Moore and his gritty view on the politics of war and the dirty edge of humanity. Instead, Universal is looking to bring back a version reminiscent of the original series. A lighter version that Larson's camp would like to see make a comeback. This version will have absolutely nothing to do with the present series, but will still have the characters of Adama, Starbuck and Baltar in it.
Glen A. Larson helmed the original late 70's version that the current Battlestar Galactica is based on.
Frack me! Leave it alone already. It sounds like they're trying to ride the wave of attention that the Sci-Fi Channel and Moore's version have created. As far as I'm concerned it isn't going to be anywhere near the same and will probably only come off as a cheap effort to Xerox a book that's already been Xeroxed... again.
On the other hand, for those who don't like the life-like dark version of humanity on the run may just go for it.
What is this story going to be? Yet another origin? Or an extension of some other angle? If this actually does come to fruition, they should at least give it a bit of time before they even try to grace the airwaves or silver screen or whatever medium they're targeting with this idea. Really, the only thing I can think of that might be viable is a cartoon. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is doing pretty well in its animated format on TV. Why not? But that's if it comes together at all.
Remember... wait long enough for us to have forgotten about this most excellent version of Battlestar Galactica that's on today.
That's my take.
Sources- Story: THR, Adama Images: Galicticabbs