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Published On: Thu, Jun 16th, 2016

Universal hires Lisa Joy to write ‘Battlestar Galactica’ film, may get Francis Lawrence to direct

Universal appears to be serious about their adaptation of Battlestar Galactica to the big screen, hiring a writer and possibly landing director Francis Lawrence for the “first” film.

Lisa Joy, who scripted and is exec producer on HBO’s series Westworld, is writing the script bringing the Glen Larson 1978 TV series to theaters.

Bluegrass Films partners Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing with Michael De Luca through his Michael De Luca Productions. Bluegrass is currently awaiting release on Free State Of Jones and Central Intelligence. De Luca is currently in production on Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The producers came on to the project in February.

Lawrence, who last directed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, is next directing Jennifer Lawrence in the spy thriller Red Sparrow and this would be sooner than later.

The Battlestar Galactica series involves the battle between humans and the alien race, called Cyrons, which is bent on wiping out the human race. It nearly achieves its aims with a devastating attack and the survivors flee in a caravan of spaceships. The cult favorite series led to a 2003 reimagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries aired on Syfy that Time magazine called one of the “100 best TV shows of all-time.”

Universal’s VP Production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.

Joy is represented by UTA and Bloom Hergott. CAA and 3 Arts rep Lawrence.

Lorne-Greene-Commander Adama Battlestar Galactica

 

 

 

 

 

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