Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica‘s Tom Zarek) hopes that Universal is paying attention to the success of Star Trek XI and will look to Star Trek XI for inspiration for the new Battlestar Galactica film.
As reported by Moviehole, Universal needs to better understand their target audience for Battlestar Galactica. “I think [Universal] saw the success Paramount had with their Star Trek reboot,” he said. “But unlike Paramount, who seems to know the Star Trek audience, I don’t think Universal ever quite got Battlestar. I just hope they hire the right people, and make a good movie.” Hatch believes that Universal should go further back in time for the new Battlestar Galactica movie, as Star Trek XI did for its reboot. “With Trek, it was still the characters we love, but they went back twenty…thirty… years to when they were just kids,” explained Hatch. “But with Battlestar, they’re just going to go back to the same timeframe we saw in the series and recast those roles. I don’t think Star Trek would’ve been successful if they had recast the Star Trek characters at the same age as they were in the previous films. By going back, it gave that film a window so fans could expect a change of cast.”
Like Star Trek XI was, Hatch feels that the new Battlestar Galactica movie should be offered on the IMAX screen. “I recently saw the original Battlestar movie on the IMAX screen, as part of the 25th anniversary convention,” said Hatch. “and let me tell you, it was born for the IMAX! Even with the bad matte paintings on the original, it still looked amazing on the big screen! If they did it today, a full-blown movie of Battlestar, I think it would be amazing.”
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