What Richard Hatch thinks a proposed Battlestar movie can learn from Star Trek

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Richard Hatch—who played Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica and Tom Zarek in SCI FI's re-imagining—told Moviehole that he's watching the recently proposed feature film closely, though he's not involved, and has ideas as to how to reboot the franchise.

"I think they saw the success Paramount had with their Star Trek reboot," Hatch told the site. "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."

Universal Pictures quietly entered into negotiations with Battlestar creator Glen A. Larson to produce a big-screen version of the property he created, which would be unrelated to the recently concluded SCI FI series headed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, according to The Hollywood Reporter in February.

The film would reportedly preserve the premise—a ragtag fleet of human survivors runs from the murderous Cylons while seeking a new home on the mythical planet called Earth—as well as the characters of Adama, Starbuck and Baltar, but insiders told the trade paper that the movie will otherwise be a complete re-imagining of both series.

Hatch told Moviehole that he believes Universal "should go further back, like Star Trek" in terms of the setting for the film. With Trek, Hatch said, it "was still the characters we love, but they went back 20 ... 30 ... years to when they were just kids. 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."

Hatch added: "I don't know what they're going to do, but I love Battlestar, and I think there are so many more wonderful stories to tell. And as much as I think the original series deserves the big treatment, I think the new series deserves a series of movies as well."