A reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica is on the way. It has been reported that NBCUniversal is developing the new show for its upcoming streaming platform, which it has named Peacock.
According to Deadline, the new version of Battlestar Galactica is being developed by Sam Esmail, who created the award-winning Mr Robot and produced and directed Amazon’s acclaimed thriller Homecoming. The new version of BSG is described as “original series,” and while further details about the show are not currently known, Deadline’s sources states that Esmail is a big fan of the franchise.
The original version of Battlestar Galactica was broadcast in 1978 and was part of the wave of sci-fi shows and movies that followed in the wake of Star Wars. Syfy produced a highly acclaimed TV reimagining in 2003, which ran for four seasons and was followed by the short-lived spinoff Caprica in 2010. In 2016, it was rumored that Universal was working on a new movie version.
Battlestar Galactica isn’t the only classic TV property on the way to Peacock. It has also been reported that a new version of the ’90s sitcom Saved By The Bell is in the works. According The Hollywood Reporter, original stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley set to return, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and other former cast members currently in talks with the studio.
Peacock is set to launch in April 2020. It’s the latest example of a major studio creating a streaming platform to release its own shows and movies, as opposed to than licensing them to rivals such as Netflix or Amazon. Disney+ and Apple TV+ both launch in November, with Warner’s HBOMax set to arrive in spring 2020.