The original 1970s Battlestar Galactica is coming to fight the more recent 2000s era BSG in a new 2018 event title to be published by Dynamite Entertainment. Peter David will write the series, with an artist to be announced.
"With all deference to Star Trek, Firefly... hell, even Space Cases... I firmly believe the recent Battlestar Galactica series is the best SF series ever," said David. "And in reviewing the original series for the first time in decades, I was amazed at how it held up far better than I ever could have believed. Forty years away from it being dismissed as a Star Wars rip-off, the first BSG had a style, story, and characters all its own and deserved far more than the truncated run it received. So I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this truly historic meeting, which was indeed set up in the new series: All of this has happened before, and it will happen again."
The as-yet-untitled event is kicked off with the discovery of Kali - "the last of the reptilian parent race that created the Cylons."
"[That] serves as the catalyst for a face-to-face meeting between the crews serving Commander Adama (including Apollo and Starbuck, three characters immortalized on the small screen by actors Lorne Green, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict, respectively) and Admiral William Adama (of the 2003 Reimagined BSG series, as played by Edward James Olmos)," reads the publisher's description. "Sparks will fly as Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, and their fellow Viper pilots meet their strangely familiar counterparts… and discover the threat that two colliding universes of Cylons pose!"
Dynamite has published BSG projects since its acquisition of the license in 2006, doing stories set in both eras.
"A crossover between the two versions of BSG is an idea that's been pursed several times before (and no wonder! How could you not want to see this happen?), but never came together for various reasons," said Dynamite Senior Editor Matt Idelson. "I'm lucky to get to be a part of this adventure, and to work with a writer whose work I've admired since before I was in the business. In addition to the wonderful sense of mystery and awe that Peter's bringing to the story, the level of humanity as the two crews meet is wonderful. I can't wait for folks to see this book."