Simon Kinberg has signed on to write and produce Universal's Battlestar Galactica reboot, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
This news will not come without some controversy, from several directions. Kinberg's CV features the X-Men movie franchise, however he wrote and directed the dud Dark Phoenix. This does not leave a very hopeful taste in the mouth's of those already worrying about what is going to be done with the franchise.
This reboot is also unrelated to Sam Esmail's television series so, one is forced to wonder, what is the point? However, it looks as though this project is happening, and so it is important to have an open mind about these things. While it remains to be seen which version of the Battlestar Galactica universe this film will be set in, it is not limited to either Glen A. Larson's original nor Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's reboot/re-imagined series.
Will this film be a hybrid of both? Will it be a story that takes the show in a completely different direction? How, in the space of a single film, will they be able to address the devastation of the Cylon apocalypse and the fall of humanity?
There are several things that we would certainly like to see - let us outline our hopes for the project below.
One of the driving forces behind the re-imagined was the search for Earth, along with the mysteries of Starbuck's journey, who exactly was a Cylon, would Roslin make it etc. The mysteries at the heart of the show were among the main reasons that it was so addictive in its own right.
There is an audience for an action film that lacks mystery - these things are not mutually exclusive. If this film were to revolve entirely around the fall of the colonies for example, there would certainly be a visual treat to be had there - but it may still ring hollow. Again, to use Dark Phoenix as an example, Jean Grey's story lacked any true mystery to encourage the audience to stick with it until the end.
There is a wide open field to utilize in the BSG universe. Both are told from the past, both find Earth in their own right. Larson's BSG adopted some tenets of the Mormon faith, while Moore and Eick's series highlighted religious divides as well, going so far as to feature 'messengers from God'.
The sheer scope of the mysteries in the BSG universe mean that there are so many different topics to slot into the film. Conversely, it also means that one film could run the risk of not having enough time to explore any of these mysteries in any real depth.