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The Battlestar Galactica motion picture is on the way!!!

Glen the Coaxial guy here. While...technically...this is film news and belongs in Harry's hands, he is a) out of town, and b) not the GALACTICA junkie I am - so I thought I'd pick up the slack a little. Especially since GALACTICA is frequently mentioned here on Coaxial. Once you're done, you can CLICK HERE to return to Aint It Cool News' main page...

Glen here...

Earlier this week, I was talking to someone in the visual effects community - who was asking me about some rumors he'd heard about a possible Battlestar Galactica feature film being in the works.

Now, I get asked this question all the time. I've had to reply negatively to the question so many times that....whenever I said anything which remotely suggested progress on a Galactica revival was being made...I had a tough time actually believing what I was saying.

"There's a production company named No Prisoners (who were - to some degree - responsible for the forthcoming Wing Commander film), which claims to be developing a Galactica feature film" I told the FX genius. Then I told him I'd heard no indication that such a project was in active development, and that I'd rather doubted there was any truth to the rumors at this point in time.

Well, I just got through dropping the guy a message, apologizing for being wrong in my assessment of the rumors. I was, quite simply, w...r...o...n...g!

This morning Reuters / Variety reports that a Battlestar Galactica feature film is indeed in development, and that some of the Wing Commander people are indeed writing & conceiving the new project, alongside Galactica overlord Glen A. Larson.

Seems the film will chronicle the adventures of Commander Cain. Cain was introduced in the original series as the commander of a second Battlestar, which escaped the Cylon-ravaged peace conference unbeknownst to the Galactica folk. Presumably, Cain is still on-board his ship, Battlestar Pegasus.

Cain is searching for the Battlestar Galactica - which had set off from its devastated homeworld in search for a missing band of humans who may have reached Earth during pre-historic times, aboard the first Battlestar - named Atlantia.

Does this reflect a considerable re-think of the series' underlying mythos? Well, it changes the rules of the game a little, that's for sure. Without knowing more of the story details, it's impossible to know more about how close to - or far from - the original series this new film will be.

All of the obvious questions (who is gonna be cast in the film? Will original characters / actors return whenever possible? How does this impact Richard Hatch's (Apollo in the original series) recent efforts to revive the franchise?) have not been answered as of this time.

To access the Reuter / Variety article in its entirety (which also includes an oblique reference to the Wing Commander FX people doing the FX for Galactica), CLICK HERE!!!

((Glen Note: When ever it's done, I sure would like to read that script, even if it's "off the record". Please note the P.O. Box below...))

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  • March 10, 1999, 9:23 a.m. CST

    battlestar ponderosa

    by angel

    just take a deep thought for a moment, people...forget about your unbiased, unfiltered eight-year old self that loved playing with the cylon ships (and only because your star wars buzz had faded)...then go actually watch an episode of one of the stupidest tv shows of all time...glen larson is aaron spelling's evil twin...he's responsible for (to be said in a mike myers voice) CRAP. this is the opposite of cool matter how much the thought of a cg daggitt gets you guys hard...i implore you to free yourselves of your cultural slavery...wake up...wake up...WAKE UP...

  • March 10, 1999, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Makes sense

    by Rockboy

    Well it only makes sense. There's a new Star Wars movie on the way, so better make a new ripoff as well.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Doctor A

    The main question is WHY? I watched every single episode in first run and loved it as did most fan-boy types. I recently watched the Battlestar Galactathon on the SciFi Channel and had wonder what I was doing more than once. The story really is pretty weak, and doesn't warrant big screen time. Perhaps the producers think they can ride on Star Wars' coat tails again, but SciFi fans have become much more sophisticated. With so much good sci-fi in print, you would think they could find a better property to develop.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:10 a.m. CST

    It was crap, but FUN crap!

    by Pope Buck 1

    I have to agree -- BG was one shitty show, from the three or four effects shots that they used OVER and OVER and OVER again (I know the FX budget was limited, but did they have to limit it THAT much?), to the awful acting, to the simplistic and wretched plots, to that damn Daggit that I wanted to kill every time it appeared on screen. It wasn't just bad compared to Star Wars, it was bad compared to "Lost In Space" or "Space:1999," which at least had interesting facets. A few years back I saw the BG "movie" (which was pieced together from the first three or four episodes of the series) as a midnight movie -- my friends and I ONLY survived by MSTing the movie as hard as we could. (Such as singing "Kill the Daggit, kill the Daggit" to the tune of "Kill the wabbit" every time that THING appeared, or swooshing our arms over our heads whenever that SAME shot of the shuttle leaving the bay was shown AGAIN.) If they make this movie, they would do well to make it as UNLIKE the series as possible, unless they're going for pure camp value, as the recent "Lost in Space" movie should have done but didn't.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Can't be the same Cain

    by film buff

    Realizing this is just a rumor, of course, I already see one major change if this is the project Larson & Co. decide to go with...Lloyd Bridges played Cain (delightfully, too, I might add -- complete with swagger stick). As Mr. Bridges has passed away, the use of Cain as a focal point would mean your lead character would need to be recast. Unless the focal point is the crew of the Pegasus and Cain has gone to his reward (the same type of scenario you'd have to use if you used the Galactica since Lorne Greene's been gone for 12 years). Just random thoughts.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:22 a.m. CST

    so sci fi will be the next genre bandwagon?

    by spike lee

    Seems that studios are getting ready for the aftermath of Star Wars, by making science fiction films. Like when Pulp Fiction came out we had a ton of film noir rip offs (Things to do in Denver, Kiss of Death). And we are at the tail end of the teen horror rebirth from the success of Scream (Last Summer, Disturbing Behavior). Let the cycle begin, because there is no stopping it.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The movie industry has NO ideas.

    by John Spade

    Battlestar Galactica had some interesting effects, but anyone who denies it ripped off Star Wars is blind. I've only seen the movie, and this was very recent. I was around at the time they showed it about noon on Saturdays, but by that time of day, I was already outside causing trouble around the neighborhood. There was a scene with Starbuck and some lady that was sequenced and acted *identically* to the scene in Empire Strikes Back on Hoth with Han and Leia. Surprisingly, I understand this episode came out in '79 whereas Empire came out in '80. The uniforms were very much Star Wars, from the Han Solo jacket to the striped pants and holster. I shouldn't even have to state this, its so obvious! Clearly, Hollywood is dying for fresh ideas in the science fiction and fantasy realm. They're remaking old tv shows, old cartoons, crappy PC games...the works. Creativity must be the rarest thing on the planet.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by mckracken

    FORGET ALL you BG bashin chumps!!! This movie will rock ass!! Lloyd Bridges is dead, and he WILL be sorely missed by at least ONE Galactica fan. I guess it all depends on how old you were when it was on originally, I was 10 years old. For me, it was like watching STAR WARS every week on TV!! I ATE it up! (but even a ten year old knew "Galactica:1980" sucked crap!) I liked the characters and the acting and the special effects and THAT DAMN DAGGIT TOO!!! The Cylons were AWESOME enemys too!! (I still have my action figures also!!) I have waited twenty years for a BIG BUDGET SUMMER ACION BATTLESTAR GALACTICA MOVIE. After seeing "Lost In Space" revival and "My Favorite Martian" revival and the Twilite Zone revival and the STAR TREK revival I thought "well hell, why arent they reviving BATTLESTAR GALACTICA????" Cinescape is also reporting new revivals for "Buck Rogers" and "Flash Gordon"(again). Battlestar Galactica did have flaws, but was better than previous sci/fi efforts of its time. I was always against bringing it back to televison as a new series, spend the money and do it right then hopfully it'll be there next to Star Wars, Star Trek and Babylon 5.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:49 a.m. CST

    spike lee and the genre bandwagon?

    by L'Auteur

    Sci-Fi is going to be a new wave? spike lee, Hollywood has been on a sci-fi binge ever since that crap-fest, STARGATE (what year was that? 1992?). And for some unfortunate reason, sci-fi is defined by Hollywood as any movie with aliens. I guess they've never seen The Terminator, Blade Runner, or Altered States. Seriously, does anyone take movies with extra-terrestrials seriously anymore?!? The whole concept has turned into one big joke ever since the X-Files made it so trendy. Did anyone see the Slamdance festivel film short called "Herd"? It was sooooo fucking funny!....the funniest 15 minutes i ever spent in a theater! Find it if you can! Its about an ordinary Joe who has an alien (who's a muppet) move in with him. I wont tell how it happens, but the end of the film has Earth populated by cows. Forget Men in Black, "Herd" is the ultimate spoof of Hollywood's current obsession with ET.

  • March 10, 1999, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Beating a dead horse and Larson is a crook!

    by Uncapie

    I was 17 years old and wrote an episode of "Buck Rogers" for Larson. My car was in the shop so I had to ride my bike all the way to Universal Studios to drop it off. A week before my 18th birthday their aired the episode, "A Dream of Jennifer" with Annie Lockhart in the role. I called his office and asked them why they ripped the story off. The secretary said, "Glen Larson is an honest man. He would never do anything like that!"(Yeah, tell it to James Gardner who knocked him on his ass on the Universal lot for stealing from the "Rockford Files".). I went to a lawyer to sue the bastard and he said did you copywrite it? I didn't know about the Writer's Guild or the poor man's copyright by sending it to yourself registered. He said chalk it up to experience. At least he saw you had talent!. I went to the Writer's Guild for help and they said they couldn't do arbitration unless I was a member. I did confront him some years later at a "Galactica" convention and he was rather fidgity about the whole situation. A repulsive, pitiful, weasel of a man that steals to get ahead. Look at his track record, "Alias Smith and Jones" was "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Dirk Benedict was the most likeable character on the show an did the only good episode on "Galactica 1980". If they cast it with fresh faces, it just won't have the same impact it did. There are plenty of other good stories out there without treading back into mediocrity.

  • March 10, 1999, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Space Disco

    by X-Ed

    First off the article says the Atlantia made it to Earth. I pretty sure there were no Battlestars to ever venture to Earth. They were part of a lost tribe thingy. The Atlantia was the flagship destroyed in the big Cylon attack; so there! Why not revive the franchise? It would be best set for a mini-series like the original. Look at the other crap in syndication. Ya it was a big Star Wars ripoff and everyone knew it. But it was TV. Anyone who my remember the days of 1978, King TUT was also touring the states which was also a heavy influence I'm sure. I'd watch it, especially if it's on after King of the Hill.

  • March 10, 1999, 11:07 a.m. CST

    BG Could Work

    by DeeJay

    While Battlestar Gallactica clearly wasn't the greatest science fantasy series ever, the upcoming movie has great potential. I for one would like to see the saga finally get resolved (they stretched out the part when they landed on Earth so long, I can't remember where the series ended). No matter what is said about the original series being a rip-off, a good script could make this movie a blockbuster! Sidenote #1: it's not fair to bust on BG special effects when, after all, it was the 70s. Sidenote #2: didn't The Black Hole come out during the same summer that BG:1980 did?

  • March 10, 1999, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Straight to video, maybe...

    by lynnbracken

    What is the point? I liked it a lot when I was little. I liked the ships, the way the fighters shot out the sides, the uniforms, Dirk Benedict and the Cylons. I thought some of the stories were very interesting. Hell, if I can remember some of the plots from that long ago (haven't watched since then) they must have left an impression. But a feature? I'd be more excited about TNT bringing it back as a series. P.S. Glen Larson sounds like a major league asshole.

  • March 10, 1999, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Battlestar Galactica is the best "TV to movie" idea so far!

    by mckracken

    1) John Spade is right on both counts. Within a month of its debut on TV, Battlestar Galactica DID have a two part "DEATH RAY ON ICE MOUNTAIN" episode BUT it DID come before "Empire Strikes Back" (TRUE) 2)and yes I will fully admit that it TOTALLY was a rip off of "STAR WARS: A New Hope"(TRUE) 3) Both the original BG show and BG:1980 are totally painful to watch NOW. It was shown on Staurday's at noon AFTER its original run on Sunday Nights at 9pm (its my understanding that it replaced "Six Million Dollar Man" yet ANOTHER revival waiting to happen!) If they can make stupid as shit TV shows like Lost in Space, the 2 Brady Bunch movies, Dennis the Menace, Leave it to Beaver, Little Rascals, Beverly Hillbillies, Mchales Navy, A Family Affair and SGT. Bilco into movies, then why are you quick to bash Battlestar Galactica?

  • March 10, 1999, 11:50 a.m. CST

    cain and pegasus dead?

    by capt jack aubrey

    yes, bridges is dead, but -- and by all means correct me if i'm wrong, as it's been a few decades since i saw it -- wasn't it suggested in a later two-part episode that the pegasus had crashed on a planet and it and it's crew and commander were destroyed? i seem to vaguely recall a savior-type character showing up, claiming to have had contact with the pegasus, leading on the crew of the galactica and cain's daughter, but then someone finding signs of the pegasus wreckage hidden in a valley and it turns out the savior is evil? i am no doubt really getting all this confused -- can someone who's seen the episodes recently confirm or clarify or debunk? not that any of this would have to affect a film about cain and the pegasus -- characters can be recast, chronology and mythology can be fudged...

  • March 10, 1999, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Oh man...

    by Rocqueja

    I don't know what's sadder the fact that all of you take this way to seriously or the fact that I spent five minutes of my life reading the comments (I'm going for the latter, anyone know where I can pick up a decent life for cheap?)

  • March 10, 1999, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Yes, well..

    by lynnbracken

    BG is the best of that bunch. But how about some original ideas? I'm sure it will do well. I just read on another site they're planning on spending $44 million on it. I'll probably end up getting all excited about it and then after I've seen it, I'll feel let down. Happens all the time. What I'd really like to see is a Starship Troopers sequel with more and new bugs in it. (And of course, Caspar Van Dien.)

  • March 10, 1999, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Cain and Pegasus did crash and burn

    by mckracken

    yeah its true, Cain and Pegasus supposidly crashed and burned on a planet and some wreckage was shown and yes that evil guy is none other than Patrick McNee (Count Ibilius(sp?))(the Avengers TV show) thats about when I and many other BG fans started tuning out. But they have stated this ISNT a remake of the TV show, so the dead can be raised and history can be rewritten(or perhaps this fits in before the Pegasus crash-n-burn?). Personally, I dont mind Hollywood rehashing old sci/fi TV shows into movies (if they didnt, we would never have seen STAR TREK: the Motion Picture) as long as they do it bigger and better or different and better. :O) McK

  • March 10, 1999, 12:46 p.m. CST

    By your command!

    by primemover

    Sure it ripped off Star Wars! But it had a certain grace to the way it did it! They just better get Patrick Macnee and Jonathan Harris to do their old characters again. Throw in John Colicos for old times sake. Imperious Leader Lucifer the Cylons Come on, you know you want it! :)

  • March 10, 1999, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by SithLord

    Commander Cain without Lloyd Bridges playing him is not a good idea. Bridges made that character and I don't think anyone can replace him. Why are they focusing on the Pegasus? Richard Hatch (Apollo) has worked for years to try to get BG going again and they decide to go with the Pegasus? I'm a big BG fan and would rather see what happened to the People on the Galactica after Adama's death. Is Col. Ti in charge or is Apollo? I want to see what is going on with the search for Earth and with Apollo, Starbuck and Sheeba. All three of those actors have stated that they want to resume those roles. I'll watch any BG movie they come out with and I hope it's really good, but I would rather see THE Galactica in said movie.

  • March 10, 1999, 1:12 p.m. CST

    This is for all you Battlestar Gallatica bashers.

    by DrKynes

    I respect your opinions about the new deleopment in BG, but in the words of the New Age Outlaws "If your not down with we got 2 words for ya...YOU SUCK!!!" I grew up watching BG and it's sequel series Gallatica 1980. I liked it and I would be happy to see a movie with Commander Cain. DrKynes

  • March 10, 1999, 1:34 p.m. CST

    another show worthy of going "MOVIE"

    by mckracken

    a few years back I was in the audience with Clive Barker and Scott Bacula were hyping Lord Of Illusions. Scott mentioned that he was interested in returning to the Sam Beckett role in future Quantum Leap TV Movies but nothing ever happened at NBC...I for one dont really want to wait 20 years for a Quantum Leap movie...just a passing thought...McK

  • March 10, 1999, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Galactica Strikes Back

    by djlong

    I watched the episodes on the SFC with a different mindset than when I was glued to the tube every week in 1979 (I was a senior in high-school then). Watching them again in my 30s had me thinking there was so much promise to this show. Nothing that about a thousand SMALL tweaks couldn't fix. Get the units of measurement straight, make sure the writers know the different between a solar system and a galaxy, lose the friggin daggit and 39 lashes to anyone under 12 who sneaks onto the bridge of a military battleship (followed by 139 lashes to the security chief who allowed it). The mythology, the sequential storylines.. It all had a LOT of promise. I liked it then and I still like it now - but I'd like to see it DONE RIGHT...

  • March 10, 1999, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by VarietyWriter

    Wow, I can't wait! And they MUST do a Buck Rogers revival, too, with Gil Gerard because nobody can be Buck other than him. Imagine a CG, see-thru Twiki! And what about Knight Rider, the movie? David Hasselhoff has been promising his (European) fans a movie for years so let's cross our fingers! And, yes, a follow-up to V, please! P.S. I'm being a smart-ass. (Yeah, I know, "well, duh.")

  • March 10, 1999, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Capitilizing off'n Star Wars for the SECOND time in 20 years!!!

    by Kickyuchio

  • March 10, 1999, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Galactica could rock

    by TrentC

    Ever since Babylon 5 started and showed that you could get decent sci-fi (let alone great sci fi!) on a modest budget, I envisioned a remake of Battlestar Galactica a la ST:TNG. Take the basic concept of Galactica (12 colonies wiped out, last survivors on a pilgrimage to find the 13th colony) and, a coin a phrase, update it for the 90's. Better dialogue, better costuming, better storylines, maybe even a story arc (Maximum Press's Battlestar Galactica comic wasn't a bad idea; who says that the Earth they find has to be the present-day one that we get in "Galatica 1980"?) Play up the mythology of the series (I loved the episode where they found the tombs of Kobol), maybe have more interaction with non-human races -- I'd tune in...

  • March 10, 1999, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Dirk Benedict Rules.

    by Cooper

    I've got a couple of things to say. First, If Dirk Benedict ain't in it, I ain't seein' it. Second: KEEP IT AWAY FROM GLEN LARSON! I had a friend on the "Nightman" crew. Apparently, Larson's totally lost it. He's frequently found in the production office early in the morning, passed out on a laptop with an empty bottle of whiskey at his side. The stuff that DOES manage to make it on to the page is apparently incomprehensible, even by NIGHTMAN standards! Larson is known throughout the industry as a thief and a fake (there are many people who refer to him as Glen Larceny). Richard Hatch has recently shot a featurette with some of the cast and hopes to use it to revive BSG as a series. I wish him all the luck in the world. As long as Dirk's along for the ride. I myself have a few ideas about how to fix BSG, but I'll keep them to myself.

  • March 10, 1999, 3 p.m. CST

    Off Topic... Disney's Black Hole

    by First time

    Since we're talking about the era when people were trying to cash in on Star Wars. What did you think about Black Hole. I kinda have fond memories of it. Max or Maxamillian?.. was one mean Mother.

  • March 10, 1999, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Cain and Pegasus not dead

    by rayb

    Actually according to my BG trivia friend who is completely obsessed with the series and follows all the trivia surrounding it. Cain and the Pegasus were not the wreckage, rather that was the wreckage of the "devil-savior"s ship. Aparently it had crashed (because of the glowing sphere thingies, I assume) on the planet, but they were his old followers, just mistake for the pegasus at first. The followers were supposed to be these beings with "cloven hooves" and look like devils, but aparently it looked so cheesy that they didn't keep that footage, and spliced together an ending that left everyone thinking it was the pegasus. Aparently Glen explained that the actual pegasus was still around, and that episode just never was resolved clearly. (Hehe... sounds like a precursor to the X-files. :) I don't know how reliable the info is... so take it with whatever grain of salt. He also claims that BG didn't rip off Star Wars, rather it came out before, or around that time. (I personally think Lucas did his lawsuit thing just cuz he wanted to drum up publicity for SW.)

  • March 10, 1999, 3:51 p.m. CST

    BG on the Screen I AM THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by 20th Century Fox

    I loved BG when I was a kid. Yeah you watch it now and SOME of the stuff is cheesy. But it was wayyyyy ahead of its time for TV SF in 1979 so I will be first in line with my $8.50 any chance any aone can spare a centon?

  • March 10, 1999, 4:03 p.m. CST

    my mistake...

    by mckracken

    Cain isnt dead? oh mistake...Glen A Larson writes scripts for "Nightman"? WOW. If what was just posted about Glen is true (about him being a drunk bum) he needs to sober up and hire some real writers and a damn good director, and stick to producing (you can produce great crap and still be a drunk bum).Still, they could easily say "CREATED BY:" or "Based on characters created by:" Lets hope he doesnt write the damn thing. As for the Ritchard Hatch Battlestar Galactica TV 15 minute featurette/pilot, I also heard that it was finished and Richard hadn't decided where to debut it first (I'm hoping they show it at the San Diego Comic Con in August, or that it debuts as a .mov/.AVI file online) the two new BG books took the "search for Starbuck" approach (and apparantly they found him!) The original actors that supposidly appear in the featurette are: Apollo(Richard Hatch), Colonel Tigh(Terry Carter), Baltar(John Colicos) and Cassiopeia(Lauretta Spang) no Jane Seymour, no Herb Jefferson Jr., no Noah Hathaway.

  • March 10, 1999, 4:48 p.m. CST

    eonline says it only has a $40 mil budget

    by comicsguy reports that BG will only have a $40 million budget. Hollywood executives can't take a dump for $40 mil. I really, REALLY want to see a great BG movie, but I'll believe it when I see it.

  • March 10, 1999, 4:50 p.m. CST

    and it's ABOUT BLOODY TIME!

    by Maniaq

    First off, to all you BG-bashers, BITEME! Lanemyers, I can't believe you slag off BG for being a rip-off, and then praise Space:Above and Beyond, which was clearly a rip-off of Galactica! Personally, I LOVED this series, as a kid, and still do, as a big kid. So far, everyone admits they loved it as a kid, and GUESS WHAT ppls, there are still LOTS of kids out there who will eat it up! Secondly, it was not a SW rip-off. You need to look beyond the FX surface and understand that the story is a rip-off - of history. Think about it - 12 tribes (sound familiar?) who are antagonised by imperial forces (ever wondered why Cylons are refer'd to as Centurians?), and are led by some guy to a promised land! Come on, smell the cheese, ppls! As for this new movie, I am in two minds about it. I think it's GREAT that it's FINALLY gonna happen, and hope that they use this opportunity to do the story - AND US FANS - justice. On the other hand, I think it SUX that Glen Larson will be helming it, because that pretty much kills ANY chance that aforementioned justice will be served... Finally, I DON'T LIKE the synopsis that has been suggested. If you wanna do a Pegasus movie, call it Battlestar Pegasus and let sleeping dogs lie! It was the ATLANTIS that went to Earth, not the Atlantia - which, as correctly pointed out, was destroyed at the peace conference. Personally, I'd like to see them explore what happenned there, without treading on any Stargate territory - ANOTHER Galactica rip-off!

  • March 10, 1999, 4:51 p.m. CST

    battle-star wars

    by angel

    i'm awed by the number of people completely devoid of taste, sanity or intelligence...who truly believe that glen larceny (ha!) just out-of-the-blue came up with a show called..ahem...BATTLE STAR galatica before Star Wars? and just happened to hire john dykstra; have the cylon's ship look like a squashed tie fighter and the galactian's ship look like an immasculated x-wing; have a cute robot sidekick and the maverick starpilot, etc. taint the original? there might be about twenty people out there who even remember the stupid plot...i was ten and remember being embarrassed. instead of salivating over a sci-fi version of a 70's cop show, you might want to encourage a fresh script with a true vision instead of another sleazy producer's attempt to cash in on the zombies who have bastardized memories of tv trash...jeez. no wonder harlan ellison can't stand some of you....and buck fucking rogers with gil gerad? in the words of that tin robot with mel blanc's voice: du-du-du-dumb....

  • March 10, 1999, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Uh, oh, time to defend...

    by Corran Fox Horn

    Stargate! A nifty little film, especially in the conext of old similar theories, and the really good novel series that take place after the movie, andconcetrate on economics, the government wanting to abuse the people, and practical stuff like that. And it came out in 1994.

  • March 10, 1999, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by orac_uk

    WHAAAAAA-!!!!! This series was crap first time round!! What next? Buck Rodgers and sexy Wilma? This "news" just has to be a joke yes???!!!!!

  • March 10, 1999, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Rather see LIS done RIGHT!

    by Robot B-9

    Battlestar Galatica was fun but it's too close to Star Wars and the show I remember had almost NO humor. I'd rather see Lost in Space remade again. This time without the "serious" approach. Bring the old robot back. The robot in the movie was well... a robot. No emotion. Return Dr. Smith to his comedic villiany and PLEASE recast Penny and get rid of the monkey! A more dynamic Will Robinson wouldn't hurt either.BG sounds like it will be a movie packed with FX. That's all the TV show was. LIS was more. I remember everyone from that show. On BG, I remember Starkbuck, Apollo, Adama and that's it.If LIS toned down the FX like Star Trek II: the Wrath of Kahn, and focused on the story, they (New Line) could just have a hit film and a franchise on their hands.

  • March 10, 1999, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by Retrop

    They should just have an "inspired by" disclaimer, use the premise of a convoy carrying survivors of a destroyed planet. I like the idea of them searching for the legend of a ship that went ahead years before and found earth in it's prehistoric times. Just take the basic idea, and make it better.

  • March 10, 1999, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Tarantino should direct it.

    by Uncapie

    Make Starbuck, "StarMack" with a big wide fedora and a souped-up space hoopty. His bitches would be Sheeba and Cassiopea on his arms. Apollo could be a burned out junkie that runs a inter-alien, gay bath house and sells dope on the side. Boomer and Stringbean could be the muscle(Very film noir here.) and Colonel Ti as the Mayor.

  • March 10, 1999, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Why BG is perfect for retreatment


    I'll keep this brief. But, this entire discussion seems to bring up a point I've made with several of my friends at various times. Simply put: bad films or tv shows that had cool ideas are better properties to remake than good movies or tv shows. Why? Because there is a lot of room to actually improve upon the original work while satisfying the existing fan base. I'd rather see BG attempted than Planet of the Apes. Planet of the Apes is already an incredible work. BG is a nifty idea that never realized its potential. Will it do so this time. Given such a low budget, I have my doubts. But, the potential for BG to win over new fans is much higher. Another view by HifiDOG

  • March 11, 1999, 2:48 a.m. CST

    BG and other remakes

    by DeeJay

    I believe that Battlestar Galactica could work (if the script is tight). I also think another property that would work as a remake is Futureworld. Of course, the challenge would be in trying to keep the film from looking like a Jurassic Park rip-off. Speaking of remakes, I hope that Fox tries to make a Planet of the Apes Part VI as opposed to a remake. As awkward as this may sound, parts I and II laid a foundation for a Part VI story that could actually ADD to the story started by the original films...

  • March 11, 1999, 6:52 a.m. CST

    rip off of star wars, got news for you, s.w. was a rip off

    by capt rosenbalm

    for those of you too stupid and think geroge lucas is a god. i have got news for you. star wars was one of the most derivative movies ever made. fresh faced rookie that makes the long shot? never seen that before. good natured rogue who has a change of heart and saves the day? wow, original. and to call george lucas a genuis needs to be corrected and call Mr. Akiro Kurowasa (sp?). Watch a movie called "The Hidden Fortress" which, BTW starwars zombies, was totally ripped of by george lucas. come on people, there are about what eight original stories and all the rest are variation of them. sure, Galactica was influnced by star wars. but star wars was influnced by things. if you dont' like it, don't go watch it

  • March 11, 1999, 7:20 a.m. CST

    yes we need a good western

    by vynil boy

    I suggest they get Bruce campbell to be the boss of this cattle drive in space( a little homage to Lorne Greene's western mystic), and I might watch it.

  • March 11, 1999, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Foster Zygote

    It's hard to imagine that this film could be any good. Many of the Wing Commander Movie team will be working on it and the consencus so far is that this film was an unmitigated heap of shit. What's next, Night Rider the Movie?

  • March 11, 1999, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Define rip-off

    by Iridnith

    I'll be the first to admit that Star Wars ain't exactly the most original piece out there--but at the same time, I'd hardly call it a rip-off. "Rip-off" implies theft; considering the fact that Lucas has commonly and publically acknowledged that he was inspired by Kurisawa(sp?) and others, I wouldn't call it stealing per se. Furthermore, Lucas intended to create a myth; he read up on mythology, researched Joseph Campbell, the whole 9 yards. Originality--get this point, it's important--WASN'T HIS GOAL. Star Wars was SUPPOSED to tap into the cultural basis of myths and storytelling. Thus, it had to borrow from those sources in order to accomplish it's goals. BG, on the other hand, was meant to cash in on the success of Star Wars. Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to see a BG movie. I liked the show, at least conceptually (although if I NEVER see another kid or cute alien in a sci-fi setting it'll be too soon). That doesn't mean I can't acknowledge that it wasn't original. Originality is lacking in Hollywood, yes--but originality isn't the most important aspect to a movie (insert stunned silence here). The most important factor to a moive is: Is it enjoyable? If the answer is yes, then anything--BG, SW, or whatever--is good material.

  • March 11, 1999, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Captain Rosundweeb

    by Retrop

    Only an idiot would assume that most are not aware of the inspirations for Star Wars. Fact is George (not geroge) took what had been done and make it fresh, he took elements of other great stories and gave us something new. Battleship rode on the coat tails of Star Wars. If Star Wars hadn't made such a big splash, BG would never have gotten the audience it did.

  • March 11, 1999, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Speaking of ripoffs

    by Condorman111

    Anyone ever see Iron Eagle II (Dec. 1988 I think)? Complete ripoff of ANH, down to the climactic scene where the team of fighters (without the rogue guy who went off to brood) head down the canyon to shoot missles into the vent that will destroy the nuclear reactor, pursued by MIGs, and, at the last minute, the rogue guy comes out of the sun and picks the bad guy off so the hero can launch his missles and blow up the reactor.

  • March 11, 1999, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Speaking of ripoffs

    by Condorman111

    Anyone ever see Iron Eagle II (Dec. 1988 I think)? Complete ripoff of ANH, down to the climactic scene where the team of fighters (without the rogue guy who went off to brood) head down the canyon to shoot missles into the vent that will destroy the nuclear reactor, pursued by MIGs, and, at the last minute, the rogue guy comes out of the sun and picks the bad guy off so the hero can launch his missles and blow up the reactor.

  • March 11, 1999, 5:49 p.m. CST

    would it be any good at all?

    by VarietyWriter

    $40 million certainly isn't a lot to work with for a sci-fi feature. Look at Wing Commander and its $27 million budget -- it shows. Lucas pulled off TPM for under $70 million supposedly, but that's because he has ILM and the imagination to complement. Maybe, MAYBE a Battlestar flick could work, but I don't see how this could be done without updating the production and costume design which would, thus, screw the continuity with the series. There would be new designs for the Pegasus, the Colonial Vipers, the Cylons, et al. So they'll probably decide to ignore the look of the original series. The plot should emphasize action and exotic locales (outerspace dogfights are pretty dull nowadays since almost anyone with a PC can make their own Star Wars-style dogfights). Maybe Lloyd Bridges' son, Jeff, could play the role his father originally played. After all, Jeff Bridges is a box-office name in his own right now. Finally, the movie would probably make no direct reference to the original series, in order to attract the mainstream moviegoer. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't even call it "Battlestar Galactica." I don't know about all of this, though. Galactica seems better and more realistically suited for a reunion TV movie on the Sci-Fi Channel instead.

  • March 11, 1999, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Boxey is Dead

    by bswise

    I don't believe they're actually going to do SFx for this - I heard they were going to use the same six shots they used over and over and over and over and over and over and over again in the original TV show.

  • March 11, 1999, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Richard Hatch's Revival Effort

    by Lord_StarFyre

    Glen Larson is a Putz... Let's just get that little problem outta the way from the start. Glen Larson, the original "creator" of Battlestar Galactica probably did more to contribute to it's demise than any of the Network Execs at ABC did 20 years ago. Late Script Delivery (often times not delivered to the people responsible for doing the sets and props until late sunday night for a 5:am Monday Call!)poor planning, and in general, and a real inability on Larson's part to move beyond his other forays into the TV programming cesspool, such as BJ and the Bear, and Sheriff Lobo... You have all heard tell of Richard Hatch's efforts to revive the show, those rumors are TRUE. True enough in fact that Richard has been working for the last many months on Producing a Sales Trailer of the new version of Galactica. The storyline ties in with the two Galactica novels written by Richard Hatch and Chris Golden. The story takes place 20 years since the end of the last episode of BG, and completely disregards the Glen Larson ill concieved Abortion, Galactica 1980

  • March 11, 1999, 10:30 p.m. CST

    In the words of Lloyd Bridges, "It's 'Go' Time"

    by jimimack

    I agree with 2 points that have been made in this Talkback: 1. The cheesier TV shows are better candidates for remakes than ones that we would consider "classics." 2. This show wasn't perfect, but it had lots of promise. On the one hand, you got some stupid shit like Daggit and that casino hosted by flesh-eating aliens, but on the other hand you've got good arcs like the early ones with them getting food to the people on the garbage scows. You've got to love the whole arc where they captured Baltar and they ran into the Naziish Eastern Alliance. Those guys were cool villains, them and those weird dudes with the balls of fire on a string. Hell, the Galactica stopped a global thermonuclear war! In closing, I just want to ask all of you nay-sayers: What late-70's TV show doesn't look cheesy when viewed in 1999?

  • March 11, 1999, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Non-cheesy 70's Pilot

    by Uncapie

    Check out the original "SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN" pilot. The story still holds up and the acting is believable. Especially the subtle performance by Darrin McGavin.

  • March 12, 1999, 1:19 a.m. CST

    $40M mentioned on CNN text also

    by bartb

    Just saw on CNN Text (teletext on CNN international) that the movie (at $40M) is supposed to start shooting in September in Luxemburg, but that no cast or production company have been assigned yet.

  • March 12, 1999, 10:05 a.m. CST

    this isnt the first time....

    by mckracken

    "Battlestar Galactica" wasnt the only time ABC tried to cash in on the success of a box office summer movie. In 1982, ABC again tried to cash in on the action adventure of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with "Tales of the Gold Monkey" starring Stephen Collins. They should revive THAT show ...incidentaly, "Tales" ran for one season before getting the ABC axe. Almost the same number of shows were produced as "Battlestar Galactica", yet it hasnt been sent to video or syndication. :O(

  • March 12, 1999, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by lynnbracken

    I've read all the talkbacks from the last couple of days. I remember the series fondly, I don't think I ever missed it. I was YOUNG. But, the details are the things I remember liking. The ships, cylons, uniforms, even the money from the casino - remember those five-sided very gold coin things? And I remember stories - the people on the garbarge scows who were starving, the casino show that guest starred (I swear I remember this) Fred Astair as Dirk Benedict's long lost possible con-artist dad, the trio of weirdo lookings alien guys who were offended by Starbuck (I think) and had some kind of bomb deal; the one where Richard Hatch crashed on a planet and was kind of like a Shane thing happening - protecting a woman and her son. I loved all that stuff. And I have not watched since the originals were on, I just remember from 8million years ago. I guess, if done right, with updated dodads, it could work. But do you go cool as hell, or humanistic with humor? And please, not studid kids running around the ship causing mayhem. Ugh. I do hope Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict can be involved -- and not in some cheesy, cameo way.

  • March 12, 1999, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Battlescarred Galactica

    by zooty

    keeping in mind that even george lucas didn't claim star wars to be an original, it amused me at the time to hear about the lawsuit. i always thought that was more a studio thing. i liked the original pilot movie, and noticed the difference in look and feel almost immediately when the first regular episode aired the following week. like some others have said, it was a fun, neat adventure. but silliness took over fast and the press for effects shots brought on that laughable repetitiveness that's already been mentioned. of the many elements that finally made me tune out was the part of that double-episode story "gun on ice planet zero", where the crew had to go down to the planet to silence a sort of "guns of navarro" set-up. i never understood why the ships didn't simply avoid the planet entirely, or stay on the other side of the piece of the planet that had the gun. the episodes begining with cain and lucifer began well enough and then just left us hang. and i think the final insult (aside from the 1980 farce version with scenes from universal's "Earthquake" thrown in to make it look like the cylons were attacking LA) was the cylon gunslinger's "uh oh" before getting nailed by marshall starbuck. loved the series idea. loved dykstra. loved the actors (most of them). i'm getting so sick of movie versions of old tv shows. no one who has the power to do one has yet been able to resist the urge to "modernize"..."make it relevant"...make it "hip and happening"..."new and improved". if richard hatch can do it, i'd love to see his efforts. i just wonder if he'll be allowed to deliver.

  • March 12, 1999, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Cylon Makeover

    by twinion

    True, BG limped through a passive TV audience thriving for more great Sci-Fi. There is some potential for the film but unfortunately it will get screwed in the hands of a 'Wing Commander' crew striving to create a masterpiece with a shit script and a tub full of sfx. Why not just cast Leslie Nielsen in the lead role! Pray to GOD that they give a serious makeover to the chrome, stiff, flange-talkin' Cylons with the red 'pong' dot.

  • March 13, 1999, 1:37 a.m. CST


    by JMYoda

    1. Star Wars was inspired by "The Hidden Fortress" and the old 1940s Flash Gordon among many other films. 2. It's spelt AKIRA KURASAWA. The man was a GOD. He made Stanley Kubrick look like Ed Wood. 3. Forbidon Planet was a rip-off of "The Tempest" not "Twelth Night" you moron. 4. BG DID rip off Star Wars (espeially the look: the ships, clothes, lasers, cute robots etc) Had Larson gone back and studied the films that Lucas studied rather then just ripping him off BG would have been more interesting (although I liked BG as a kid and still enjoy watching the show today. It takes me back to being that little kid who watched this show every week because Star Wars wasn't on video yet.) 5. It would be much better if Richard Hatch was helming the BG revival rather then Larson. To Larson it's just a cash cow where Hatch actually cares about it (misguided as that may be to some) 6. The reason this revival isn't shooting untill after TPM is released is so Larson can find more stuff to rip off from Star Wars. 5. I agree that if Dirk Benidict ain't in it it's crap. 6. If people want starfighter shows why don't they let Morgan and Wong bring back Space: Above and Beyond!!! Lets find out WTF happened! Unlike BG the orginal cast members are still young and vibrant (and in need of work). The effects, acting and writing where better then any other space TV show ever made! (And that include BG, B5 and every TV incarnation of Star Trek)

  • March 15, 1999, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Battlestar Galactica game

    by 3000AD

    The movie news is not the only good news for BSG fans. For sometime now, I have been pondering whether I should do a Star Trek, Space 1999 or Battlestar Galactica game. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do BSG because I have always been a fan. So I started putting some feelers out to Universal, got nowhere and eventually contacted and spoke to Richard Hatch recently, about the possibilities of doing it. He seemed very enthusiastic but its up to Universal considering that they have the license. At this point, things are moving rather slowly (and I still have to reach the point man at Universal, I hate middle men) but considering that my company is the only one with the technology to do such a game (because I have a full blown suite of engines suited specifically for doing an epic series, complete with a living, breathing AI crew), I am optimistic that I will get the license to do it and if so, it will go into development once my next title, Battlecruiser 3020AD ships later this year. Again, this is all speculation and maybe Universal or Richard's own crew, will do it themselves. I'll keep you guys posted. Either way, we need a BSG game and I for crying out loud, lets just hope if someone else does it, that it isn't another FMV laden shooter. For more on my game and its advanced technologies, go to

  • July 11, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Did this get cancelled? Don't recall.

    by Wolfpack