Universal Pictures has hired Transcendence screenwriter Jack Paglen to pen the script for their upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie.

The project is said to be a complete reimagining of this iconic sci-fi TV series, although no specific plot details were given. The movie has been in the works for several years, with Bryan Singer attached to direct back in 2009. We reported in 2011 that screenwriter John Orloff (Anonymous) signed on to write the script, which was said, at the time, to be based on the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV series, and not the 2003 Battlestar Galactica remake series.

Original series creator Glen A. Larson will produce the feature, although it isn't known if Ronald D. Moore, who created the 2003 remake series, will be involved in the film. Scott Bernstein and Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project for Universal.

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The 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica ran for just one season, starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Lorne Greene, centering on humans from the Twelve Colonies engaged in a war with the Cylon robots. The 2003 series starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff, and ran for four seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel. The remake also spawned the prequel series Caprica and the web series Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

Jack Paglen is also writing Prometheus 2 for director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox, which begins production this fall.