The Battlestar Galactica Reboot Is Moving Forward At A Quick Clip

Starbuck badass doing push-ups on Battlestar Galactica

Shows and movies get “rebooted” all the time, but a lot of times those reboots never come to fruition, which is what happened last week with that Lincoln Lawyer TV spinoff. Meanwhile, over at Peacock, aka NBC’s streaming service, the Battlestar Galactica series is full steam ahead.

In fact, news broke this week the series has found its showrunner, as The Little Drummer Girl’s Michael Lesslie has signed on to run and write the science fiction drama. He's signed on after Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who is set to executive produce the series. Michael Leslie will also be an executive producer on the project.

Often touted as a “reboot,” news broke a while back that it will more likely be a continuation of the series fans know and love. Those close to the show have indicated it will be set in the same universe but will likely focus on new characters rather than those we've become familiar with. At least if what the showrunner of the last series Ronald D. Moore has said holds true, which seems to be the case. Deadline is calling the new series “a reimagined world.”

Battlestar Galactica was, in fact, already rebooted once following a 1978 series created by Glen A. Larson, the mind behind such successful productions as Knight Rider and Magnum P.I.. The series many of us are more familiar with is Ronald D. Moore’s 2004 series, which did reboot the original, turning Starbuck into a lady (played by the always-impressive Katee Sackhoff) and more. The new series won’t be trying to rehash the 2004 version but will build off of it.

In a statement, Michael Lesslie said he knows “the possibilities of Battlestar Galactica’s world are infinite,” ending with the fan-favorite “so say we all.” So he seems ready and reared to jump in and get moving with the newest addition to the franchise.

Now that the series seems to be moving forward at a quick clip, the next step should be casting and we’ll keep you updated along the way. Meanwhile, Peacock is quickly getting off of the ground as well. The upcoming Universal streaming service is set to launch on July 15, 2020. It's part of a new wave of streaming services like Apple TV+ and Quibi that have recently entered the market.

In addition, fans who loved BSG or just anything created by Ron Moore should have another streaming season to look forward to of a show that is also focused on space. The popular TV personality has For All Mankind over at Apple TV+. After a November 2019 premiere, the streamer renewed the show for Season 2, so that will be coming as well. If you are a fan of space or sci-fi shows, there's plenty to look forward to streaming.

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