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Battlestar Galactica film is headed to Universal Pictures

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Universal Pictures is bringing Glen Larson’s 1978 TV series Battlestar Galactica to the big screen. Producer and screenwriter Lisa Joy (HBO’s Westworld) will pen the film adaptation, EW confirmed.

While no director has been confirmed, Francis Lawrence “is circling the project but there is no official attachment,” stated a source from Universal to EW.

In 2003, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick developed the original series into a two-part, three-hour miniseries. This led to the creation of a weekly TV series on the Sci-Fi Channel that lasted four seasons, ending in 2009. The show earned a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association’s Program of the Year Award, and a coveted spot within Time’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME”.

The story takes place in a distant corner of the universe known as the Twelve Colonies. The human civilization inhabiting the colonies has been in a war with the Cylons, and after being virtually wiped out by the cybernetic race, the surviving humans are forced to live on spaceships.

Bluegrass Films will produce the film headed by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. The production company has two upcoming projects: Matthew McConaughey’s Free State of Jones, and the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence.

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