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The 'Battlestar Galactica' cast in 2004. (Photo: Syfy)

The battlestar Galactica may well be floating through the vast wastes of space, but it seems the movie is no longer doing so.

Having been in development since 2009, the original feature-length version of the popular TV show has since foundered, being linked at first with director Bryan Singer, then seeming to fall off the radar as he focused on the X-Men movies, and leaving many fans to wonder if it would ever see the light of day.

The news that broke yesterday (June 9) should bring new hope, however. Deadline is reporting that new producers have installed Westworld‘s Lisa Joy as writer, and Francis Lawrence, who’s responsible for 2007’s I Am Legend, and the last three Hunger Games movies, is looking like a possible contender to direct.

It’s the latest in a saga that’s been running since the series first introduced us to a distant corner of the universe called the Twelve Colonies in 1978. Having been virtually wiped out by a cybernetic race called the Cylons, the surviving humans are forced to live on spaceships as they search for a mythic human colony—Earth.

Created by Glen A. Larson, the military sci-fi show aired until 1979, then was briefly revived after a huge write-in campaign by a spin-off series called Galactica 1980. Its subsequent revival in 2004 ran for five critically acclaimed seasons, starring Edward James Olmos (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD) and Katee Sackhoff (Longmire), and gaining a dedicated fan base to rival that of contemporary cult shows Lost and 24.

Not everyone was happy, however. Fans of the original series started the GINO campaign, which stood for “Galactica In Name Only.” They argued that the new version, with its introduction of Cylons who appear human as well as other variations, was not worthy of the name.

No word yet on whether the movie will inhabit the original universe or its successor’s, but either way, fans should be pleased.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.