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Battlestar Galactica to fly again

In the US, Fox Broadcasting has finally greenlit a two-hour telemovie from Studios USA, bringing the 70s sci-fi drama Battlestar Galactica into the 21st century.

Slated to air in the 2002-2003 season, Battlestar Galactica will be directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects; X-Men), who will also co-executive produce the pilot along with Tom DeSanto, Dan Angel and Billy Brown.

{Our goal is to take the Galactica franchise and move it forward in both style and character while bringing the scope and sensibility of epic science-fiction filmmaking to the small screen,{ said Singer.

The project, which if successful will be spun off into a series, will have a split window Studios USA's sibling Sci-Fi Channel cable network.

The pilot, like the original series which aired on ABC, is set in the seventh millennium AD and revolves around a tribe of humans, the last survivors of an ambush by Cyclon robots, searching for the lost colony, earth.

Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict starred in the ill-fated Galactica’s first outing (19×60′; +1×120 and 1×180 tvms), which was cancelled at the end of its debut season (1978/79). The show, made by Universal and Glenn Larson Productions, was briefly revived in Galactica 80 but that flopped.

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