The Man Behind Mr. Robot Is Bringing Battlestar Galactica Back [Updated]

So say we all, again.
So say we all, again.
Image: NBC Universal

All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. Because literally, that’s what they’re doing, they’re rebooting Battlestar Galactica again.


Deadline reports that NBC Universal has tapped Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail to headline a reboot of the beloved sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica for its newly unveiled streaming service. Which is called Peacock.

Yes, really.

Anyway, so far not much is known about the reboot, other than Esmail’s involvement and that it’s now happening. NBC Universal has a long history with the series—about the last remnants of humanity on the run from a sinister, overwhelmingly powerful race of robots called the Cylons—of course, having produced Glen A. Larson’s original in 1978, which ran for just one season on ABC, and then produced Ronald D. Moore’s beloved reboot, which aired on Syfy from 2004 to 2009.

But I guess, in this age of streaming wars, every company around looking to make their own platform is returning to past successes in the hopes of making it new again for streaming. In the sci-fi realm Disney has Star Wars, CBS of course has Star Trek, Apple now has Jason Momoa. And now, NBC has Battlestar again.

Peacock is set to launch in the U.S. in April 2020. We’ll bring you more on the Battlestar Galactica as we learn it.

UPDATE 9/17 12.10PM: It did not take us long to learn more! In the wake of this morning’s news, Esmail took to Twitter to clarify his show is not a remake of the 2004 series, or seemingly even the 1978 version. Instead, it is a “new story within the mythology”:


What this actually means is unclear. It is set in the same universe as the 2004 reboot? Is it a prequel like Caprica? Somehow a continuation to what was a pretty definitive end, whether you loved or hated it? We’ll have to wait and see.

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God. Look, it may have gone off the rails at the end of the series (even though it was still incredibly well-acted), but when it first started airing, Battlestar Galactica was some of the best television ever, anchored by two of the best actors, Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. Sure, it’s been ten years since it ended (where has the time gone?), but none of that diminishes the fact that the show was made by Olmos and McDonnell and their chemistry and any reboot just isn’t going to have that.

Why not — and here’s a good idea — make something new?

Or, I don’t know, reboot Knight Rider again?