〉 The Oscar-nominated producer has joined Scott Stuber in an effort to jumpstart Universal’s feature adaptation of the classic sci-fi series.
Michael De Luca has signed on to produce Universal’s feature adaptation of Glen A. Larson’s beloved series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, joining producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. The long-gestating project has reportedly been in development since 1999, but it was put on hold when the Sci-Fi channel picked up its series adaptation, which hailed from Universal’s sister company NBC Universal Television. Sci-Fi’s Battlestar Galactica ran for four seasons and is often cited as one of the net’s best programs, but the feature version is expected to be wholly separate from the television reboot, drawing instead from the original 1978 series.
Larson’s Battlestar followed a group of humans who survived a surprise attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons, which decimated the human civilizations of the twelve planets. The survivors were led by the warship Galactica to find a mythic thirteenth planet named Earth.
De Luca, who considers himself a “huge Battlestar Galactica fanatic” and gravitates toward genre material, is the producer behind Syfy’s Childhood’s End miniseries and is currently in development on the feature adaptation of the popular first-person-shooter game Metro 2033. Under his Michael De Luca Productions banner, he’s earned three Oscar nominations for The Social Network, Captain Phillips, and Moneyball. His extensive credits also include Tropic Thunder, 21, Magnolia, American History X, and the Fifty Shades film franchise, which is in the midst of casting the second installment.
Stuber, who produced Seth MacFarlane’s Ted films and A Million Ways To Die In The West, will see the release of the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence this summer. Clark is currently in production with War of the Planet of the Apes, which is slated for release in 2017.
X-Men: Apocalypse helmer Bryan Singer is also on board as an executive producer of the reboot through his Bad Hat Harry banner. He’s been attached to direct for nearly a decade, but has not been confirmed to helm this latest iteration of the project. Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen penned the most recent draft of the script. Jay Polidoro is overseeing for Universal Pictures.
De Luca is repped by CAA.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer