Battlestar Galactica Movie Coming From X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg

Battlestar Galactica began life as a Star Wars knock-off. Four decades later, it's getting its own theatrical film.

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Battlestar Galactica is coming to the big screen, THR reports, with longtime X-Men movie producer Simon Kinberg attached to write and produce. Kinberg joined the X-Men universe co-writing X-Men: The Last Stand, and has continued with the franchise in a variety of roles--producer, writer, and director--right up through 2020's The New Mutants. Now he's onto a new franchise that starts far, far away from planet Earth. Kinberg joins producer Dylan Clark, who has been attached to the film for years.

"Battlestar Galactica is one of the holy grails of science fiction," Kinberg said in an official statement via The Hollywood Reporter. "I couldn't be more excited about bringing something new to the franchise, while honoring what's made it so iconic and enduring. I'm so grateful that Dylan and my partners at Universal have trusted me with this incredible universe."

Battlestar Galactica began life in the late 1970s as a product of Star Wars' popularity. It told the story of humans in the distant future fighting a long war with the robotic Cylons over the Twelve Colonies of Mankind as they escaped in search of the mythical planet Earth on the last remaining battleship, the titular Battlestar Galactica. The 2005 series, which ran on Syfy for five seasons, made humanity the creator of the Cylons and thus the architect of its own destruction.

What began as a television knockoff of a theatrical movie is completing the circle to become a feature-length film of its own. But if you're concerned about how Battlestar Galactica might fit into a film-sized can, don't worry--a television reboot is also on the way. Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is executive producing a second reboot of the television series for NBC's Peacock streaming service.

Kinberg is a busy guy. In addition to Battlestar Galactica, he has a spy thriller called The 355 on ther way, along with the Apple TV+ series Invasion.

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