Director Francis Lawrence talks developing Battlestar Galactica with Westworld’s Lisa Joy

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Feb 24, 2018, 4:23 PM EST (Updated)

He may be promoting his Jennifer Lawrence spy movie Red Sparrow, but director Francis Lawrence is already looking forward to what’s next – and luckily for us, that includes a whole lotta Battlestar Galactica.

It was first reported in June 2016 that Lawrence – who directed the last three Hunger Games movies – had been recruited by Universal Pictues to reboot the original 1978 television series created by Glen A. Larson for the big screen.

“Yeah, I’m working on that, that’s something I’m developing,” Lawrence told in a new interview. “I’m working on that with Lisa Joy, who is one of the creators of Westworld. The original series was actually one of the first sets that I ever went on. I remember being a kid and loving that show, and they were filming near my house and my mom took me down there and I got to try on a Cylon helmet.”

Lawrence first made his name directing music videos for the some of the world’s biggest pop stars, including Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, before making the leap into genre filmmaking with 2005’s Constantine and then 2007’s I Am Legend. (Fun fact: as well as working with Will Smith on the latter, Lawrence also directed his 2002 music video to "Black Suits Comin'," which accompanied Men in Black II. You’re welcome.)

The original series ran for just one season from 1978–79, and was later revived as Galactica 1980 with 10 episodes in 1980. The 2004 television reboot from SYFY ran for four seasons with a total of 75 episodes from 2004 to 2009. Meanwhile, the Battlestar Galactica movie has been in discussions since 2009, with X-Men director Bryan Singer being the first name to be attached as director.

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