During the announcement of its new Peacock streaming service, NBC Universal has revealed that Mr. Robot and Homecoming executive producer Sam Esmail is set to produce a reboot of the classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica.
Created by Glen A. Larson and launching in 1978, Battlestar Galactica followed the crew of the warship Galactica as they searched for a new home after a sneak attack on their planet by the evil Cylons. It was previously rebooted in 2004 to much acclaim by Ronald D. Moore, who has apparently given his blessing to Esmail for a new take on the property.
According to Deadline, the logline for the new Battlestar Galactica reads: “In the seventh millennium A.D., in a galaxy very far away, a thousand-year-old war rages: that of humanity versus the Cylons, a mechanical race of beings. When the humans’ twelve planets are destroyed by a Cylon invasion force, the survivors flee in 220 spaceships following the Galactica — a gigantic battlestar spaceship — in a search for a ‘thirteenth’ planet, an obscure little world known in folklore as ‘Earth.'”
UPDATE: Esmail has since taken to Twitter to announce that the new project will not be a remake, but rather a “new story within the mythology”:
BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because… why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!
— Sam Esmail (@samesmail) September 17, 2019
At this point, it’s unclear what impact the TV series will have on the planned feature film reboot from Universal, which has Francis Lawrence (Red Sparrow) attached to direct. The last news on that particular project came in December of last year when it was revealed that Jay Basu (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) had been brought on to work on the script.