New Life for ‘Battlestar Galactica’
After two massively successful, Emmy winning, TV series, it looks as though the long-rumored Battlestar Galactica movie may finally be moving forward. Several months ago it was reported that producers Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark (upcoming Free State of Jones, Central Intelligence) had taken over the project, giving the film its first breath of life after Bryan Singer (X-Men franchise) left the director’s chair. This week, new reports have come out confirming the project has some real momentum behind it.
Deadline first broke the news (later confirmed by Entertainment Weekly) that Lisa Joy will write the upcoming sci-fi adventure. Joy was a writer/producer on both Burn Notice and Pushing Daisies, while her biggest credit will be as creator on HBO’s upcoming Westworld series. Universal confirmed to both sources that Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct Joy’s script.
While no other details are available at this time, the involvement of these two is exciting and very promising for a potential Battlestar Galactica film. Lawrence’s directorial work is some of the best blockbuster filmmaking out there. While Constantine and I Am Legend may not have totally worked as cohesive films, you can see the promise of a director who can make methodical sci-fi. His touch was appreciated in the final three Hunger Games films. Many consider Catching Fire to be the best of the series, and the slower nature of that franchise lends itself well to the smart sci-fi world of Battlestar Galactica.
There are no plot details at this time, but we can be confident in what the film will be like. Both the 1978 and 2000’s series used a tale of humans-vs-cylons to give commentary on a wide range of social issues of its time, and today offers a plethora of issues to tackle. With Joy and Lawrence involve, that tells me that Universal wants a smarter sci-fi picture, and that is exciting. For better or worse, the modern Star Trek films have fallen prey to standard blockbuster style of filmmaking, here’s hoping that the new Battlestar Galactica can live up to its full (deeper, smarter) potential!