Universal is rebooting Battlestar Galactica
Okay, this is movie news, and not (yet, at least) specific to theme parks, but Variety reports that Universal is rebooting Battlestar Galactica
with a new movie.
Universal has built Battlestar Galactica-themed attractions twice before, with an animatronic laser battle show on the tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, and, more recently, dueling Vekoma roller coasters at Universal Studios Singapore.
The Hollywood show ran during the 1980s and closed in 1992 to make room for the Back to the Future/Simpsons Ride building. The Singapore coasters closed last year, reportedly due to ongoing mechanical issues. But both attractions enjoyed substantial popularity during their runs.
Battlestar Galactica has proven itself an enduring franchise, spawning an acclaimed four-season reboot on the Sci Fi Channel. Could a successful Battlestar Galactica feature film help create demand for a new BSG attraction at a Universal Studios theme park? What would you like to see, and where?
And here I thought that the coaster was getting rebooted. What is it with Universal and dueling coasters?
The advantage, for Universal, to BSG over ST is that Universal owns this franchise. It's relatively rare for Universal to actually own the IP it uses in its theme parks, as opposed to licensing it. That changes the economics a bit.
i wonder if they can get permission to do anything with the new Goonies sequel or the Gremlins Reboot that is coming
I liked the original BG but the tv show went with the casino planet from silly to sillier in a heartbeat.
Nothing there that I would get excited about. That would be a real waste for a land. I doubt it would be something that would attract a regular tourist to a Universal vacation, unlike Potter, Simpsons, Transformers or Kong.
Tear down Hollywood Rip Ride and Rocket and put in a B&M roller coaster themed after Battlestar gallactica
Aaaaand we have a winner!
The roller coaster has no resemblance to the original or reboot of BG. I don't have any interest of the series. I actually loved the original Battlestar Galactica. You have to remember that the main reason I loved it is because it is a television series that I can see it as much as I want on free television. It was the only sci-fi series that is considered competition to the original Star Wars. Is it any coincidence of timing?
I'm a HUGE BSG fan, both of the original series and the recent SyFy reboot. However, I doubt the franchise's broad appeal for a successful major motion picture or major theme US theme park attraction. The original series got caught up in the sci-fi camp of the late 70's and early 80's, and laid dormant for over 20 years before a former Star Trek writer/producer (Ron Moore) re-envisioned the franchise. What many people don't remember about the relaunch of BSG was that the pilot debuted on NBC, and was deemed unworthy of a network time slot for the subsequent series. The series was relegated to cable, and while it performed admirably, it was hardly the ratings juggernaut of recent cable darlings like "Breaking Bad", "Mad Men", "Walking Dead", or even "Sons of Anarchy".
Anon Mouse---Richard Hatch was featured in the BGS reboot series, and actually plays a very important character (Tom Zarek) who lasts through until the end of the series' run. I'm sorry, but there was no way they were going to have him play Apollo in a reboot. The biggest controversy was surrounding the gender switch of Starbuck, which turned out to be a brilliant move because of the "Mulder/Scully-like" tension that was created between Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff.
I loved the rebooted mini series of BSG as well as the first, oh, 2.5 seasons of the Syfy (I hate that name) show. However, after the writers decided to perform a major Star Trek DS9 style "reset" (curse you and your Star Trek ways, Ronald Moore), BSG suffered a slow and painful demise, going from a Babylon 5 epic to a turgid soap opera in space. At that point, the show was just very fracking painful to watch. I believe I gave up on the show right about the end of the third season when (spoilers?) Apollo, in a painfully obvious "twist", became President. I remember thinking how great that episode would have been if Romo Lampkin, instead of blathering on endlessly about nothing (with a dead cat in his duffel bag, no less), had gone on a shooting rampage killing every major character on the show (and some of the minor one's too), then jettisoned himself out of the airlock. It would have been a brilliant way to resurrect a dying series. And I would not have questioned the number of bullets fired out of Lampkin's four shot Stallion pistol, nor the absolute impossibility of the slaughter. I would have just celebrated the demise of so many once great, turned god awful, characters, not to mention the potential ending of Ronald's Moore's career in television (sadly, he returned with an equally bad show, Helix, earlier this year).
Wow...I know some people were fuming at the finale, but had never read a fan that jumped ship in season 3. I did find the whole "Final 5" plotline dragging (particularly the last one revealed, which was about as predictable and unimaginative as possible) to the last 2 seasons, but the writing and acting was still very strong.
I'm confused. I read recently that they were going to teardown BG in Singapore. Then it sounded like they were just going to re-theme it. Now maybe the article was just talking about re-theming the show. So the BG ride is still going to be SBNO?
Hi Russell, I confess I did not give Helix much of a chance and definitely did not make it to episode 8. My anger at what happened to BSG is hard to overcome (I did end up watching the BSG finale and thought it too was awful, but having given up on the series sometime before did not have much context for what was occurring).
Anon: The Singapore coaster's fate is not related to the proposed new BSG movie. It appears that the coaster is toast, at this point. But perhaps a new movie might inspire Universal to build a new BSG attraction somewhere.
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