Director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the screenwriter of Battlestar Galactica.
Simon Kinberg has had ups and downs in his career. On the one hand, he was involved in the creation of such flaps as the Fantastic Four from 2015 or the recent X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and on the other hand, he was part of the creative process of several hits, such as Sherlock Holmes from 2009, X-Men: The Past to come or a Martian. So he still has a certain amount of confidence among the big labels. How gives The Hollywood Reporter, one of them, Universal Pictures, hired a Briton to work on the film Battlestar Galactica. He is to become its producer and screenwriter.
People passionate about the genre of science fiction probably know the brand Battlestar Galactica. It was born in 1978 on the wave of Star Wars popularity and to this day has a number of books, films, games and, of course, series (including the famous production of SyFy in 2003-2009). The foundations of the plot of all these items are as follows – in a distant part of the galaxy, human civilization created a federation of twelve planets called the Twelve Colonies. Everything was going well until research on artificial intelligence led to the birth of cybernetic machines called Cylons, which revolted and, after numerous adventures, eventually led to an almost complete annihilation of humans. Only a handful have survived, and on board a few civilian ships and one old-type combat ship – the title Battlestar Galactica – set off in search of the mythical Thirteenth Colony, called Earth.
The original Battlestar Galactica is over 40 years old.
Plans to create a movie Battlestar Galacticathat Kiberg is to work on have been around for a long time. Many famous names have already passed through this project, among which we can mention Lisa Joy (Westworld), Bryan Singer (X-Men series, Bohemian Rhapsody) and Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games series, Constantine). Will the production finally be completed with the support of the British? It is too early to judge. However, interested himself is full of enthusiasm. To quote his words:
Battlestar Galactica is one of the sci-fi saints, and I couldn’t be more excited about adding something new to the brand while respecting what made it so iconic and memorable. I am so thankful you had Dylan and my partners at Universal put their trust in me for this amazing universe.
Whether or not a cinema project Battlestar Galactica will eventually burn out or not, and in parallel is another reboot of the show as well. Its executive producer is Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Job. The title will appear on the Pea___ streaming platform owned by NBCUniversal (via Variety).