The Battlestar Galactica franchise has a pretty mixed history. The original series that premiered in 1978 was successful at first, with great ratings and a People’s Choice Award for being the “Best New TV Drama Series”, met its demise 17 episodes later. The attempted 1980 reboot has destined to fail from the very beginning, with most of the original cast not returning, Richard Hatch (Apollo) even turning down the role he has offered. After several failed attempts to revive the show, a TV mini-series written by Ronald D. Moore (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and produced by David Eick (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess) finally did the trick. It was followed by one of the most epic science fiction TV series of our times, leaving its footprint everywhere in popular culture.
Pop culture impact
The Battlestar Galactica TV series spawned numerous TV movies and webisodes, as well as a spinoff series (which also failed to deliver), several books, and comic books. One of the most interesting of the series’ offspring was a video slot machine inspired by its visuals, which has become one of the best ever made. Even today, five years after its release, the Battlestar Galactica slot machine is among the most-played ones at the Vegas Palms, an online gaming venue with a massive library of games. Although it has hundreds of amazing titles, the Vegas Palms still lists this game as one of its most popular ones. No wonder: few other games at the Vegas Palms are this complex, and none of them have a soundtrack created by Bear McCreary. Thousands of visitors play the best online slot games there, and each of them tries the Battlestar Galactica at least once.
We live in an age when more movies are revived or rebooted than ever before. After several failed attempts to transpose Battlestar Galactica to the big screen, the time for it seems to have finally come.
Big screen revival
Series creator Glen A. Larson has tried to adapt the story of the series to the big screen. The original series has seen three feature-length episodes released in theaters (Battlestar Galactica, Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, and Conquest of the Earth), and several TV movies – but none of these were original, true feature films. Larson has started the negotiations with Universal for a big screen revival of the series. Several writers and directors were attached to the movie ever since, including Bryan Singer (X-Men) and Francis Lawrence for the director’s chair. According to the latest news, Westworld writer Lisa Joy is set to write the script. While there are no details about the planned release date of the movie, it’s reassuring to know that it’s not dead – some even consider it a potential tentpole franchise for Universal Studios.