Francis Lawrence Eyes ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie From ‘Westworld’ Scribe
The Battlestar Galactica movie has been in the works for a long, long time, and it’s been quite a while since we received an update on the big screen version of the classic sci-fi series. But today brings some frakkin’ good news for BSG fans, as Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is reportedly circling the project, which has tapped Westworld scribe Lisa Joy to pen a new draft of the screenplay.
Deadline reports that Lawrence is eyeing the director’s chair on the long-developing Battlestar Galactica project at Universal, with the studio hiring Lisa Joy to write the screenplay. Joy is a writer and executive producer on HBO’s upcoming Westworld series, which is based on Michael Crichton’s classic dystopian sci-fi western from 1973.
Last we heard, Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen was hired to write a screenplay for the Battlestar Galactica film — but that was back in 2014. Since then, things have been a bit quiet on the BSG front. Lawrence and Joy could make for a solid team on the film adaptation, though the former has been eyeing various projects as potential follow-ups to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (including an ambitious blockbuster based on The Odyssey).
Created by Glen Larson, the original Battlestar Galactica series debuted in 1978, and centered on the fight between humans and a cybernetic race known as Cylons. Ron Moore reimagined the series as a two-part, three-hour miniseries in 2003, which led to its own acclaimed television show and a couple of spinoffs. The new film would follow the same plot as the classic iterations, imagining a not-too-distant future in which the human race lives in a distant galaxy, divided into 12 colonies.