NBC's Battlestar Galactica 'Reboot' Isn't a Reboot After All

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Reports that the new Battlestar Galactica series would be a reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise appear to be inaccurate.

Sam Esmail, the creator of the Emmy Award-winning Mr. Robot who has signed on to develop the new series for NBCUniversal's upcoming premium streaming service Peacock, has denied that the series would be a reboot of Ronald D. Moore's modern take on the franchise, but instead focus on a new story set within that universe.

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It was announced earlier this week that as part of Esmail's four-year production deal with NBCUniversal, the writer and producer would helm a Battlestar Galactica reboot, with Moore's blessing. However, based on Esmail's claim, the new series will be something else entirely while serving as an extension to the modern reimagining that ran on the Syfy Channel from 2004 to 2009.

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The original Battlestar Galactica was created by Glen A. Larson in 1978, running for two short-lived television seasons that came to an end in 1980. Gaining a cult following over the subsequent decades, the series was rebooted by Moore in 2004 to critical acclaim, leading to the creation of a prequel series Caprica and several standalone television films spinning out of the main series.

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The new iteration of Battlestar Galactica does not yet have an official release date, cast or title, but NBCUniversal Peacock is set to launch in April 2020.

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