"The Social Network" producer Michael De Luca has joined Universal's "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, which is intended to draw inspiration from the original 1978 series rather than Syfy's 2004 reboot. According to TrackingBoard, De Luca was added in order to "jumpstart" the film, which has been in development since 1999.
De Luca is an Oscar-nominated producer, having helmed films like "American History X," "Captain Philips" and "Moneyball." According to the report, he describes himself a "huge 'Battlestar Galactica' fanatic."
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer is also on board to produce through his Bad Hat Harry banner, with Jay Polidoro is overseeing for Universal Pictures. "Transcendence" scribe Jack Paglen will pen the script.
Three "Battlestar Galactica" series have aired on television since 1978, although it was Ronald D. Moore’s 2004 reimagining for Syfy that drew acclaim. The series ran for four seasons, focusing on the core conflict between the humans and the Cylons, a cybernetic race created by humans that gained sentience. It spawned a short-lived spinoff series "Caprica" as well as webseries "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome."