This morning saw the reveal of NBC's long-awaited standalone streaming service, now officially called Peacock, and with it came a host of show announcements for the platform. However, one announcement stands out from the rest of the frakking pack -- a Battlestar Galactica reboot, courtesy of Mr. Robot creator and Homecoming executive producer Sam Esmail.
According to Deadline, the new BSG series comes with the blessing of Ronald D. Moore, who oversaw the successful reimagining of Glen A. Larson's original show that ran on the then-Sci-Fi Channel from 2004 to 2009. Esmail's take comes as part of a massive, four-year production deal he closed with NBC Universal Productions earlier in the year. Other shows on Esmail's docket include a Metropolis miniseries based on the classic 1927 Fritz Lang silent sci-fi film, as well as a series called Angelyne, which will star Emily Rossum.
Larson's original Battlestar Galactica ran for just one season from 1978-1979, with a sequel series that ran for 10 episodes in 1980. Despite its initial commercial failings, BSG went on to garner a large cult fan base, with Moore's far more critically and financially successful reboot running for four seasons. The prequel series for Moore's run, Caprica, lasted less than one season, but a number of standalone TV films followed.
The new iteration doesn't have a definite release date or casting yet, but NBC's Peacock streaming service is set to launch in April 2020.