After the well loved, but cheesy, 1970’s TV show and the critically acclaimed, and proving pretty timeless, Ronald D. Moore 2004 – 2009 version you could be forgiven for asking if we actually need anymore Battlestar Galactica?

Now the man behind the recent X-Men debacles has signed on to write and produce, potentially doing nothing to answer that question. Simon Kinberg will work at Universal to bring the story together for a movie. Bryan Singer and Francis Lawrence have been attached to direct at various points but no director is set.

Kinberg has big plans, and high hopes:

“Battlestar Galactica is one of the holy grails in science fiction, and I couldn’t be more excited about bringing something new to the franchise, while honoring what’s made it so iconic and enduring. I’m so grateful that Dylan and my partners at Universal have trusted me with this incredible universe.”

Will the story still revolve around the last group of humans, feeling a holocaust at the hands of a race of sentient robots – The Cylons – searching for safety in the form of their mystical thirteenth colony?

I could stand to see Galactica again. I love that ship like the Falcon or the Enterprise. I grew up with it on Saturday tea-time TV on both sides of the Atlantic. However I am not sure how many more ways there are to tell the same story?

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail was at Peacock working on a follow-up to the Ron Moore version, and this is supposed to be separate to that. Dead horse flogging? Milking until dry?

Kinberg himself wrote and directed the upcoming, female-centric spy thriller The 355 that opens January next year. Then his next job will be Battlestar Galactica.