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Cast of the 2004 Remake by Ron Moore

Can’t Keep a Cylon Down…

Even if you aren’t a fan of either existing version of the Sci-Fi cult-classic Battlestar Galactica, then there’s a good chance you have at least heard about them. Though the original series only lasted one season on television between 1978-1979, it garnered a seriously dedicated cult following. The storyline, a classic battle between the remnants of humanity and the Cylons, overpowered robots created by humanity, is what made fans love the original series so much.

When the 2004 remake was announced, fans of the original series as well as science fiction fans of all kinds showed up in droves to watch the four-season epic. While the jury is still out on the finale (re: almost as controversial as the ending to The Sopranos), this 2004 series brought TONS of new fans into the fold, even allowing for a massively popular spin-off prequel series called Caprica. 

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Hugely Popular Spin-off Caprica

Sam Esmail, best known for his smash-hit television series Mr. Robot has given us insight into his reboot of Battlestar Galactica, originally talked about at Com-Con 2017. Esmail took to twitter to let us know where he stood on the series:

“BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because… why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!”

All of that leads to some answers, but also more questions. When is the series going to be set? Will we see any familiar faces? What’s going on with the Cylons at this time?

Remake, Reboot, or Something Else?

So it looks as if the ‘remake’ will NOT be a remake, but really just another story within the Battlestar Galactica Universe. From what has been announced, it doesn’t look like either the 1978 or the 2004 series will be remade, but instead, Esmail is going to give us a brand new look into a mythos that people have enjoyed for over 4 decades.

Though Esmail did make it clear that the inspiration for the show would be based heavily on Ron Moore’s 2004 series, rather than the one season of Glen Larson’s 1978 series. The new series doesn’t have a release date yet, but it has been announced to be one of the premiere shows on NBC’s streaming platform ‘Peacock’ which is set to release in 2020. 

NBC Streaming Service Peacock
NBC’s New Streaming Service