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‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Developing ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot for NBC Streaming Service

Um… holy frak?!

You can now add Battlestar Galactica to the line of sci-fi reboots currently in the works. Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is reportedly developing a reboot of the series for NBC’s upcoming streaming service.

The service, which was recently named PEACOCK (more on this in a future article), will also house the entirety of Ron Moore’s Syfy take on Battlestar Galactica. The straight-to-order reboot will be an updated, more modern look at the world as told through the lens of the sci-fi favorite.

Esmail’s take on the sci-fi classic will also look to Moore’s version for inspiration, instead of the 1978 original from creator Glen A. Larson. The drama hails from Universal Content Productions, where Esmail remains under an overall deal. UCP was a producer on the original series.

2004 saw the first re-imagining of Larson’s story, starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park. Moore’s BSG ran for four seasons and has been hailed as a critical favorite. Whether the original cast is returning or not remains unconfirmed for now.

The Battlestar Galactica reboot is part of the initial originals programming slate for Peacock. That includes a Saved by the Bell sequel, new series from the likes of Mike Schur (The Good Place) and a number of dramas. 

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