Every show needs a showrunner. Battlestar Galactica is no exception. It has found one. Michael Lesslie will be the creator of this version, will write and will executive produce.
Lesslie was the writer and showrunner of the BBC/AMC adaption of John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl that was directed by Park Chan-wook. He also penned the scripts for a Macbeth adaption and, unfortunately, the Assassin’s Creed movie.
Sam Esmail is already on board fresh from Mr Robot and Homecoming. The whole gig is under his executive producer deal at NBC Universal. The show will broadcast on The Peacock, their new streaming service.
The Moses in space story is now on its third iteration after the original 1970s show and the triumphant early 2000s remake. That version was for SyFy and was run by ex Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writer Ronald D. Moore.
That version starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackoff, Jaimie Bamber, Grace Park and Lucy Lawless. Moore is currently running Outlander on Starz.
No word yet on what tone and approach may be, but Lesslie’s take is said to be a whole new iteration of the property, not a continuation of any previous version.