Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming

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Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming
Directed by Richard Hatch
Jay Woelfel
Produced by Johnnie J. Young
Sophie LaPorte
Richard Hatch (executive producer)
Written by Richard Hatch
Sophie LaPorte
Starring Richard Hatch
John Colicos
Terry Carter
Jack Stauffer
George Murdock
Richard Lynch
Phil Brown
Mickalean McCormick
Ali Willingham
Szilvia Naray
Nicholas Walker
Jere Jon
Don Hughes
Athena Demos
Frank Ruotolo
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Scott Spears
Editing by Eric Chase
Release dates 1999
Running time 30 min. (pilot film)
4 min. (trailer)
Language English

Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming is a 1999 science-fiction action film. It was a project to create a pilot film for a proposed new Battlestar Galactica television series that would pick up where the original 1978 series left off. All continuity related to Galactica 1980 would have been completely ignored.

The Second Coming[edit]

Co-created, co-written, executive produced and co-directed by Richard Hatch who starred in the original series as Captain Apollo, the pilot film was conceived to convince Universal Studios, the owner of the Battlestar Galactica franchise rights, to greenlight a new project based on this concept. The pilot film was written by Richard Hatch and his then girlfriend, writer Sophie LaPorte, directed by Richard Hatch and Jay Woelfel and produced by Johnnie J. Young and Sophie LaPorte.

Richard Hatch was able to get many stars from the original series including Richard Lynch (in place of Patrick Macnee as Count Iblis), John Colicos (Count Baltar), and Terry Carter (Colonel Tigh, now President of the Quorum of Twelve) to appear in the film. Many others declined for fear of upsetting Glen Larson, the creator of the original series, as the ownership of the rights to a new film or series was in question at the time. Hatch himself also reprised his own role of Apollo (now Commander of the Fleet). The original character Starbuck was chosen not to be recast and instead, a new character was created as his daughter, a bold and brazen Viper pilot not unlike the now female Starbuck character in the new series.

Filming on the project began in the summer of 1998 and lasted through late 1999. Some of the filming was done in conjunction with the Battlestar Galactica 20th Yahren Reunion which was held at the Los Angeles Hilton in September 1998.

The finished edit of Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming had a running time of thirty minutes in length. A four minute trailer was later assembled from this thirty minute version and computer generated special effects were added. The rare thirty minute version of the pilot film has never been shown publicly.

The partially complete Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming trailer was first shown at DragonCon in Atlanta on July 3, 1999 and received rave reviews from fans. Once it was complete, Hatch traveled to a series of science fiction conventions to show the trailer and it proved to be very popular at these events.

However, Hatch never succeeded in getting Universal's attention, and a different project, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica conceived by Ronald D. Moore was ultimately pursued.

Later, Richard Hatch joined the new Battlestar Galactica series cast as the recurring character Tom Zarek. However, Hatch continues to push for a revival/continuation of his own vision of the original series (he writes original novels based on it).

There are no plans to release Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming on DVD and/or Blu-ray.

Competing developments[edit]

Concurrent with The Second Coming was Glen A. Larson's movie proposal. This would have revived BSG as a feature film, centering around the Battlestar Pegasus, set after its appearance in the TV show, and consistent with Galactica 1980.

The project that got the go ahead was the re-imagining of the original series by Ronald D. Moore, which was greenlit as a miniseries by the Sci Fi Channel.

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