What's Happening With The Battlestar Galactica Movie, According To The Director

Battlestar Galactica

Recognizable IPs are getting snatched up left and right to get the movie treatment, but the road to the theater can sometimes be a long one. Case in point: the theatrical adaptation of the beloved Battlestar Galactica. The project has been in development for at least three years, but it does have some impressive talent developing it in the form of director Francis Lawrence, perhaps best known for the Hunger Games franchise. Lawrence recently gave an update on the film, and was able to confirm that he is still involved and that it's a franchise close to his heart. Here's what he said:

Yeah, I'm working on that, that's something I'm developing. I'm working on that with Lisa Joy, who is one of the creators of Westworld. The original series was actually one of the first sets that I ever went on. I remember being a kid and loving that show and they were filming near my house and my mom took me down there and I got to try on a Cylon helmet.

Fans of Battlestar Galactica can rest a little easier knowing that a movie is still currently in development. Francis Lawrence told Coming Soon that he was still working on the project with writer Lisa Joy (Westworld). But due to it still being early, he was unable to give any sort of release window.

Battlestar Galactica is a classic sci-fi television series that first premiered in 1978 and was created by Glen A. Larson. The series followed the last survivors of the human race, decimated in a millennia-long war with the robotic Cylons, as they journey for the mythical planet Earth on the Galactica. Galactica is the last remaining war vessel. Though the series only aired for one season, it became a cult classic. Years later, it spawned an arguably more well-known TV reboot series of the same name created by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick in 2004. While Lawrence's movie will strive to stand on its own, he's too much of a fan not to include some nods to the original series.

Oh of course! There will definitely be visual nods. We're all fans of both series so there will definitely be nods, but for it to be worth doing for us we have to have our own take on it. Without getting into too much detail, there is thematic kind of stuff to make it relevant today. What makes something interesting to do is if there's a relevance to the world we live in now.

For fans of either series, it sounds look a project well worth looking forward to. It's always nice having a genuine fan in the director's chair. Hopefully, more updates on the movie will be more rapidly forthcoming from now on, so stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.