Universal Pictures has hired a new screenwriter to help them realize their long in-development feature film reboot of the beloved 1970s sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that writer Simon Kinberg is the latest addition to the project.
Simon Kinberg has signed on to write and produce Battlestar Galactica, Universal’s long-gestating feature adaptation of its sci-fi TV franchise.
Screenwriters John Orloff (Band of Brothers, Masters of The Air), Jack Paglen (Alien: Covenat), Lisa Joy (Westworld), and Jay Basu (Metal Gear Solid) previously worked on the film’s script in various incarnations.
Simon Kinberg is no stranger to science fiction as he worked on Star Wars: Rebels and had been trying to help Warner Bros. with their own reboot of the sci-fi thriller Logan’s Run. He was also involved with the Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm that was going to be directed by Josh Trank before the project was ultimately shelved.
His other screenwriting credits include X-Men: The Last Stand, Jumper, xXx: State of The Union, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, This Means War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix, and the unremarkable Fantastic Four reboot.
Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Red Sparrow, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1-2) was the last director attached.
Universal is also developing a new BSG series for their streaming service Peacock.
SyFy revived the property as a three-part miniseries in 2003 and then moved forward with a series that lasted for four seasons.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER