Battlestar Galactica won't be a reboot Sam Esmail confirms.
About two days ago there were reports circulating around the internet which said the creator of 'Mr. Robot' was tapped to bring 'Battlestar Galactica' to the small screen one more time. The series which was TV’s answer to the growing space opera theme movies in the late 70s stemming from the success of 'Star Wars' was a relative success, but in the end, the cost of the show resulted in the cancelation of the first series after only one season.
The show was revived in the 80s, but again it lasted only ten episodes, but then Star Trek TV veteran Ronald D. Moore was hired to make a mini-series based on the original show. The mini-series also acted as a backdoor pilot, and after the crazy reception of the two episodes which totaled three hours of run time, Syfy channel got on board to produce a full-fledged show based on the original.
Now, reports surfaced the show is coming back again, and this time Sam Esmail is creating a new show based on the past series. People were not excited to see a second reboot of the show is an understatement about the anger everyone was feeling about the series getting the remake/reboot treatment again. Well, now the creator hired to do the unthinkable and improbable of getting the second reboot hit the same heights of the past two series is clarifying his position.
According to Sam, the new series won’t be a reboot, (phew! Dodged that bullet) but a whole new story. After Deadline confirmed a new series is in the works, and rumors started the creator is going to reboot the series again, Sam Esmail came out with a tweet which clearly states his intention and position with the series.
In the tweet, Sam said, “We'll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!” Nice way to end the tweet and get some people on your side, considering the whole fanbase was saying “Frak!” when news of the reboot was circulating. It also seems like Ronald D. Moore gave his blessings for the series and when the creator of the best Galactica is okay with the current developments, then fans should at least hold judgments till the series is out.
This is also a way for the newly announced ‘Peacock’ streaming platform from NBCUniversal to get some subscribers for their new service. They already halted the release of Psych: The Movie 2 till April 2020, in line with the release of the streaming service. The company is also rebooting The Office, which is why everyone was fearing Galactica was also getting the reboot treatment.
Source: The Verge
Based on the series created by Greg A. Larson Battlestar Galactica is about the 12 colonies and their battle with the Cylons, humanoid robots created by a reptilian race which probably went extinct after they created the robots. After years of battle with the robots, they retreat, and human race feels a little reprieve when a surprise attack destroys the colonies, and the last of the humanity is aboard a defunct warship whose commander Adama gets other surviving vessels, in search of the legendary place called Earth.
Though the series was first criticized for being a Star Wars clone, later on, the show carved a little existence for itself and developed a fan base over the years. In the end, the show was rebooted, and it only built on the first show’s story and gave the fans an ending they never received from the original.
Getting a companion show based on other time period and a section of the universe is going to be a tall order, but Sam is a worthy storyteller, and he’s got almost everyone’s faith in delivering a new and equally thought proving show. There is no production or release date for the series as of now.
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