So say we all: Battlestar Galactica is getting a reboot from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail for NBCU's new Peacock streaming service. Battlestar Galactica began life as a television series in 1978 that starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Lorne Greene. That series lasted all of one season but garnered a cult following that launched a limited TV series sequel in 1980, as well as comic books, novels, video games and a board game.
In 2003, a re-imagined version of that series, created by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, aired as a three-hour miniseries on the then Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy). The miniseries was such a success that Syfy picked up Battlestar Galactica as a regular series. Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McConnell, Grace Park and Katee Sackhoff, the show was a hit with both fans and critics and ran for a total of four seasons. Caprica, a prequel series, followed but was canceled with just five episodes left in its first season. A prequel web series, Blood & Chrome, was also released as a pilot for a potential new series, but that show never got picked up.
However, Battlestar Galactica is getting new life thanks to NBCU's new streaming subscription service Peacock. According to Deadline, Mr. Robot creator Esmail will take up the helm on the new series as part of a deal he has with NBCU's Universal Content Productions. Esmail is reportedly a huge fan of Moore's version of the series, and according to THR, will base his reboot on that show, rather than the original 1978 one.
It's unclear how this will affect the Battlestar Galactica movie that was reportedly still in the works as of 2018. Since no word about that film has surfaced since then, though, it's possible the series will take precedence and development on the film will not move forward. The franchise itself remains popular with fans, and the series has even launched several academic works analyzing its politics and themes.
The only question left, though, is if fans want to see the Battlestar Galactica series rebooted a second time. Many might argue that Moore's version of the show was close to perfect, with topics that still resonate with modern audiences. Unless Esmail has a concept that goes beyond the story already told, it remains to be seen whether fans get on board the Battlestar Galactica again, or if they tell the new series to frak off.