Monday, July 11, 2011
Where Does Lucasfilm Figure Into This 33 Year Old Mystery Of Universal Studios Deliberately Mismanaging The "1978 Battlestar Galactica" Series?
Maybe Universal Studios personal vendetta against the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series extends way beyond their personal hatred of it. Can it be that Universal Studios has been doing George Lucas and Lucasfilm a personal favor by keeping the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series dead? A sort of.... in good faith...we'll scratch your back and you don't have to scratch ours in return....sort of arrangement?
The lawsuit against "Battlestar Galactica" back in 1978 against Universal Studios by 20th Century Fox was no small affair. It was a big deal. So big in fact....that those who kept track of it reported that court proceedings extended well into 1982....a good three years after "Battlestar Galactica" was cancelled by ABC-TV. Apparently, the suit ultimately ruled in Universal Studios favor...but did the entire affair still leave a bad taste in Universal Studios mouth? To the extent that they would devote the next 33 years of their corporate lives seeing to it that "Battlestar Galactica" in its only true form as broadcast back in 1978 would never see the light of day ever again?
Oh sure...they would warp and twist the name....and turn the format inside / out not for the better as demonstrated by Ronald D. Moore....but "Battlestar Galactica 1978" in the only appropriate manner it should be brought back would never see the light of day ever again. A 33 year long favor (and counting) to Lucasfilm that will never let up? To the extent that NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel engaged in the most heinous acts of stealth marketing imaginable to slam the 1978 series while promoting Ronald D. Moore's garbage?
Maybe Ronald D. Moore's take on "Battlestar Galactica" was deliberately awful....on purpose....as a sort of peace offering to Lucasfilm.
And maybe Moore's take on "Battlestar Galactica" was deliberately designed to not be commercially attractive and profitable on purpose....as a sort of self inflicted punishment on the part of NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel....as yet another peace offering to Lucasfilm. Oh...they went through the motions of appearing to want to make money with Moore's take on "Galactica"...the cover photo of the cast and crew on "Entertainment Weekly" magazine....but maybe that in itself was a sham. A one shot deal on the cover of a national magazine...and "poof!!"...nothing heard of it again in that area of advertising.
But, the very nature of Moore's take on "Galactica" was as commercially unattractive as any television series could get. A peace offering to Lucasfilm? Universal Studios announces one theatrical film after another based upon the "1978 Galactica" series (the latest being in February 2009)...and nothing ever comes of these announcments? Another peace offering to Lucasfilm?
Is Universal Studios not over the lawsuit yet between themselves and 20th Century Fox.....33 years later? 33 years later...and the mere mention of the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series still sends scores of Universal Studios executives into fits of blinding rage all over the Internet.
Summer 2011 was supposed to be the release time frame of the Glen A. Larson / Bryan Singer "Galactica" film.
Hmmmm....I wonder why it never showed up in theaters....
Posted by Languatron at 9:48 PM