Back in September of last year, NBC Universal announced that it would be teaming with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail for a reboot of the classic sci-fi property Battlestar Galactica for the upcoming Peacock streaming service, and now comes word that Assassin’s Creed writer Michael Leslie has signed on to serve as showrunner.
“I am beyond excited to be taking on this iconic and inspirational show,” states Leslie. “As a lifelong devotee, I know that the possibilities of Battlestar Galactica’s world are infinite and that each iteration has raised the bar for epic and intelligent sci-fi storytelling. The teams at Esmail Corp, UCP and Peacock are second to none, and I already know that we are going to honour Glen A Larson and Ronald D Moore’s landmark series and break new boundaries with our own vision. It’s a dream come true – one I just can’t wait to share with fans, new and old alike. So say we all.”
The logline for Peacock’s rebooted 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.’”
Battlestar Galactica was originally created by Glen A. Larson and ran for a single season between 1978 and 1979, with a follow-up series entitled Galactica 1980 airing the following year. The series was reimagined by Ronald D. Moore with a 2003 miniseries which was then followed by a further four seasons.
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