NBC is nearing the launch date for its new streaming service, Peacock. Peacock is set to begin streaming in July, and it looks like it is nearing production for its first science fiction series. There have been rumors circling around for a while that a new Battlestar Galactica series could be in the works. Back in February, writer, producer, and director Sam Esmail revealed some ideas in an interview with Variety. He even shared that he had positive praise from Ronald D. Moore. Ronald D. Moore was the creator of the last incarnation of the show in 2004, which aired on SyFy until 2009.
The new Battlestar Galactica has begun to assemble its creative team. Sam Esmail is on board as an Executive Producer. Chad Hamiltion is also an Executive Producer. Both come from the successful show Mr. Robot. The newest hire is Michael Lesslie, who will take on writing and directing responsibilities. Michael Lesslie has a background working with Shakespearean material, as well as having worked on Little Drummer Girl. From drama and romance to espionage, he has had diverse material to work with. He recently spoke about his hiring.
I am beyond excited to be taking on this iconic and inspirational show. As a lifelong devotee, I know that the possibilities of Battlestar Galactica’s world are infinite and that each iteration has raised the bar for epic and intelligent sci-fi storytelling. The teams at Esmail Corp, UCP and Peacock are second to none, and I already know that we are going to honour Glen A Larson and Ronald D Moore’s landmark series and break new boundaries with our own vision. It’s a dream come true – one I just can’t wait to share with fans, new and old alike. So say we all.
It is very likely we will begin to here news of casting soon as the creative team continues to move forward. There are still many unknowns for production as the global pandemic has most things on hold. It is, however, a good sign for the show to begin having its key players behind the camera in place.