Last month, we got word that Universal Pictures began working on a “Battlestar Galactica” movie after the studio hired Michael De Luca (“Dracula Untold,” “Captain Phillips”) to shepherd the project, with Scott Stuber (“Safe House,” “Ted”) and Dylan Clark (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Oblivion”) producing.

While at WonderCon 2016, original series actor Richard Hatch dropped a big piece of news regarding the upcoming “Battlestar Galactica” movie. He said that thanks to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Universal now has the confidence to completely re-launch the entire franchise.

“Their plans are not just to make a movie, but to re-launch the franchise,” Hatch told fans during a “Battlestar Galactica” panel (via Outer Places).

The original “Battlestar Galactica” series, created by Glen A. Larson, aired briefly in 1978 before spawning a 10-episode spinoff, simply titled “Galactica,” which premiered two years later in 1980. It wasn’t until 24 years later that “Battlestar Galactica” returned on the small screen in Syfy’s post-9/11 reboot in 2004.

Syfy’s critically-acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica” series ran for four seasons, from 2004 to 2009, before spawning its own prequel series, “Caprica,” which, unfortunately, ran for only one season before the network canceled it.

It has been six years since fans have seen “Battlestar Galactica” on either the big or small screen — not counting Machinima’s “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” series in 2012 — thus making the franchise prime for a re-launch.

While rebooting the franchise on TV may not be what audiences are interested in, making a movie first and then continuing the story on TV, in a different direction than Syfy’s 2004 series went, just might work. Fantasy, science-fictions, and superheroes are in high-demand right now. If Universal was ever going to re-launch the “Battlestar Galactica” franchise, now’s the time.

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