All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again. This article includes new details on the upcoming Battlestar Galactica series at Peacock.
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the original television series in 1978, with a re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica airing as a two-parter in 2003. A new television series was announced for the Peacock streaming service back in 2019. Hot off the heels of the recently announced Battlestar Galactica movie, I’ve been able to gather new information on the upcoming television series. You can read it below:
During the casting process, “Adama” and “Starbuck” were used to cast two top-tier leads. Starbuck was described as “a gifted Viper pilot, with an attitude that has hindered her career in the Colonial Fleet. Physically fit female between the age of 25 to 30 years old.” The description for Adama reads: “a battle-hardened, secularly-minded commander on the eve of retirement for himself and his combat-decorated old battlestar. Male between the age of 50 to 60 years old.” Starbuck and Adama are the main characters of the 2003 re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica. Kara Thrace (“Starbuck”) is played by Katee Sackhoff. She is a revised version of Lieutenant Starbuck from the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series. She is one of the show’s main characters. William “Bill” Adama (“Husker”) is portrayed by Edward James Olmos. He is also one of the main characters, as a reimagining of Commander Adama from the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series originally played by Lorne Greene.
Kiersey Clemons was previously attached to the role of Starbuck. Clemons landed the role before the coronavirus shutdown back in March, but she ultimately left the project in favor of her role as Iris West in Warner Bros. upcoming The Flash movie. After Clemons exited out of the role, the studio started searching for non-binary actors to play Starbuck. Liam Cunningham was eyed for the role of William Adama, though a deal was never made and auditions are not taking place anymore. It is currently unclear who the studio has cast as Starbuck and Adama, assuming the roles have already been cast.
Humanity is now a threat to all life in the Twelve Star World Colonies, destroying all life, flora and fauna alike. The Cylons have taken it on themselves to save the Colonies, by wiping out humanity through mass genocide. Unlike what has previously been stated, the first season of the series is in fact a remake of the original TV movie pilot, told over 10 episodes. It follows the robots planning and executing their attack on the humans, with the Battlestar Galactica being called into action to rescue as many people as they can. The Cylons chase after the Humans, as they don’t want humanity to reach Earth. According to the Cylons, allowing humans to flee to another planet would most likely result in its destruction, similar to how humanity destroyed the Star World.
While this new series is technically supposed to be a remake of the 2004 series, the nature of the Battlestar Galactica franchise allows these shows to be connected. The Cycle of Time is a sequence of events in the Battlestar Galactica franchise that repeats itself, seemingly forever. The original Battlestar Galactica series and the 2004 SyFy series are both different iterations of that cycle, and it is possible that not even the Peacock remake could escape the cycle.
Cinematographer Matt Flannery is set to direct the series, with the show being produced by the crew behind Sky’s Gangs of London series. As you would expect from the crew of Gangs of London, this series is developed as a “grounded” take on the sci-fi franchise. Peacock’s Battlestar Galactica series hails from executive producer Sam Esmail, with Michael Lesslie being set to create, write, and executive produce the series.
Production on Battlestar Galactica is set to start next year, in London.