Ronald D. Moore is interviewed about his reboot of the Battlestar Galactica TV series, itself now – dare we say it – a classic.
Despite attempts to revive the series over the years, none came to fruition until it was reimagined in 2003 by Universal Television as Battlestar Galactica, a three-hour miniseries. Commissioned by the Sci-Fi Channel, screenwriter Ronald D. Moore and producer David Eick were the creative forces behind it.
Edward James Olmos was cast in the role of Commander Adama, while Mary McDonnell was cast as President Laura Roslin.
Starbuck and Boomer were now female characters, portrayed by Katee Sackhoff and Grace Park respectively. The mini-series was a ratings success for the Sci-Fi Channel and they commissioned a new weekly Battlestar Galactica series to follow.
The original cut of the Battlestar Galactica series finale was four hours and a lot different to the actual series finale (which aired as a 141 minutes-long three-parter episode). Moore talks about what the original was and why it changed.