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Battlestar Galactica rival film treatment

Battlestar.jpgIt seems that Universal are trying to cash in on the recent excellent re-imagining (and I use that in the proper sense, not the Hollywood term to hide the word remake) of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series by revisiting the 1978 series itself and making a film version.

Yes, they aren't planning on making any connection with the series, and it will be a reimagining (that's the Hollywood use of the word) of the original television series.

So we're led to believe that gone are the great aspects that have been added by the television series such as the realism of human life, ego's, politics, religion and on and on. Basically bringing the reality of people and human life to the whole idea of being alone in space and the sole survivors of your race.

The original Battlestar Galactica series had much the same premise as the new series, but it lacked any firm basis in reality and was much more fantastical and futuristic. It told the story of a human civilisation who are destroyed by intelligent robots. A group of survivors escape and are led by their warship Galactica on a search to find a mythical planet they called Earth.

The story that Universal are revisiting the original series to remake it comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and doesn't tell us much more, except for the return of some characters, Adama, Starbuck, and Baltar.

Now that is interesting, and will we see Starbuck as man or a woman? I'm guessing man.

Whatever sex they are this does seem really rather odd doesn't it? The new Battlestar Galactica has been so well received and, for me at least, has been one of those ground breaking television shows that belongs up there in the top ten television shows and should be held as a benchmark of what it really means to reimagine something.

So where could the film version go if it's going back to the original television series? Camp suits and fantasy, avoiding the realism of the new television series? It's essentially the same story without the gritty harsh reality of human existence, so tell me exactly how that would work?





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