Last year, NBCUniversal announced that a reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica is in the works from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, with the project securing a showrunner back in May in Michael Lesslie (Assassin’s Creed, The Little Drummer Girl).
The new series is being eyed as one of the key originals for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service, and Bill McGoldrick, President of Original Content at NBCU Entertainment Networks, has offered a brief update on the show’s progress, as well as reassuring fans that “we want to do it great service”.
“I have seen an outline that we’re excited about,” said McGoldrick .” “It’s obviously a big undertaking and we’re aware of the importance of that IP and we’re being pretty deliberate but it’s progressing nicely. [It] comes with a great deal of responsibility and we want to do it great service.”
According to Deadline, Lesslie is currently working on the draft script for the reboot, which will be delivered to Peacock within the next couple of months, after which the plan is to establish the writers’ room for the new series.
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“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.’”