‘X-Men’ scribe Simon Kinberg has been set to pen the latest feature for ‘Battlestar Galactica’ for Universal Pictures.

Kinberg will also serve as a producer on the project alongside Dylan Clar on the long-in-development adaptation of the TV series.

Kinberg says in a statement: “Battlestar Galactica is one of the holy grails in science fiction, and I couldn’t be more excited about bringing something new to the franchise while honouring what’s made it so iconic and enduring. I’m so grateful that Dylan and my partners at Universal have trusted me with this incredible universe.”

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Created in the ’70s by Glen A. Larson, the series centred on the last group of humans on the verge of extinction after a series of wars with a robot race, The Cylons, destroyed the Twelve Colonies.

All the humans are left in one remaining battleship group, anchored by the Galactica, as they search for their last option for survival: a fabled Thirteenth Colony known as Earth.

The mini-series and subsequent TV series in the 2000s was also a runaway success.

Next up for Kinberg is the female-centric ‘The 355’ which he wrote and directed, the spy thriller stars Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nypng’o. The film is due for release in 2021.