We haven’t heard much from the Battlestar Galactica movie camp since 2009 when the fantastic reboot television series ended, but just last month things started to gear up when producers Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark joined the production. Now the production takes another step forward with the announcement that HBO‘s Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy has signed on to write the screen play. Additionally, word around the Internet Water-cooler has director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) interested in taking on the big screen version of Battlestar Galactica. (more…)
Battlestar Galactica, the short-lived, but much loved tv series, only lasted a year, but it left a large impact upon its fans. An entire franchise grew out of the original show’s ashes, including books, comics, boardgames, video games, and a miniseries that led to a 2004 reboot. Ever since the last episode of the new series aired in 2009, there has been talk of a film adaptation. Clearly, nothing has come of Universal Studios‘ best laid plans. However, the project finally has some producers tied to it, so the Galactica and her crew may actually make it to the big screen sometime in the near future. (more…)
Back in 2007 New Line picked up the rights to Epic Games‘ first person shooter hit, Gears of War. The production went as far as enlisting Len Wiseman to direct and Stuart Beattie to write the script, then the whole thing stalled out after New Line and Epic couldn’t come to terms about creative differences concerning the project, the project got shelved, and after a time, the rights reverted back to Epic.
The word now is that Scott Stuber (Producer of Battleship, Ted) has come on board to produce and begin the script development process with the creative team over at Epic Games. There’s no writer, director, or distributor attached yet, but Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal. You can bet they’ll also be shopping the project out to other studios.
The videogame story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.
We’ll have to wait and see how far the project goes this time around. Epic has been burned once before and it’s not likely they’ll give up much creative control of the video game franchise’s film adaptation. Most video game companies are very tight when it comes to creative control of their properties. It’s hard to blame them though, one bad movie could kill a game franchise in the main stream public arena.