It has been recently confirmed that Simon Kinberg, fresh from shepherding the X-Men franchise for like ten years, has signed on to write and produce the feature adaptation of Universal of the science-fiction franchise, Battlestar Galactica. Simon will be reportedly joining Dylan Clark, the producer, who has previously worked in the movies like The Batman, War for the Planet of the Apes. He has long overseen development on a BSG film for the studio.
While Simon has also branched out into directing with X-Men feature, Dark Phoenix of the year 2019, and The 355, spy thriller of the year 2021, he is not looking forward to direct this project.
Kinberg said in a statement that this project is one of the holy grails in sci-fi, and he could not be more excited about bringing something new to the franchise while honoring what has made it so iconic and enduring. He added that he is so grateful that his partners at Universal and Dylan have trusted him with this incredible universe.
Battlestar Galactica: Simon Kinberg Roped In As Producer And Writer
The “BSG” franchise has already passed through many hands since it first launched as a live-action television series for ABC in the year 1978. It was seen at the time as a blatant Star Wars rip-off, this project has grown into a wide esteem in its own right after the acclaimed basic cable reboot of the series in the 2000s, starring Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos, and Katee Sackhoff.
Both of the shows followed a fleet of human starships, led by the Galactica, as they flee a race of genocidal robots, which are called the Cylons, and seek to find a mythical planet which is called Earth.
The feature film version of Battlestar Galactica is not connected to the plans for a new “BSG” TV series presently in development for streaming service of NBCUniversal, Peacock by the executive producer, Sam Esmail.
Kinberg intends to start from scratch with his script for the feature, which has been in the stages of development for years. Lisa Joy and Jack Paglen recently took passes at a screenplay, and Bryan Singer, Kinberg’s old “X-Men” colleague, was attached to direct as early as the year 2009.
“The 355”, which Kinberg also co-wrote and starred Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, and Fan Bingbing, is scheduled to debut on Jan. 15, 2021.