Moore inks Universal Media deal

'Battlestar' creator writing new take on 'Thing'

“Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore will remain in the Peacock universe, inking a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Universal Media Studios.

Pact calls for Moore to continue on “BSG,” which will wrap its run on the Sci Fi Channel next year. Moore will simultaneously begin developing projects for the studio, with a fall 2008 series not out of the question.

Scribe will continue his feature work, which includes the sequel to “I, Robot” for 20th Century Fox and a new take on “The Thing” at U.

UMS prexy Katherine Pope said reupping Moore was one of the first priorities upon taking on her gig in late May.

“Even when I was talking to Ben (Silverman) about taking this job, this was one of the deals we were already discussing,” she said. “Ron is one of those people who comes along very, very rarely, who knows how to create shows that are form-breakers.”

Pope added that while Moore is known for his sci-fi chops, his writing goes beyond genre.

“To me, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is an operatic political soap opera before it’s sci-fi,” she said. “It’s rooted in character and grounded in political and social worlds. I don’t think of it as a genre show.”

Getting a Moore-created skein on NBC is one of Pope’s priorities, and Moore said he’s definitely open to expanding beyond what he’s best known for.

“As a writer, you want to stretch different muscles,” he said. “I want to push myself to do different things.”

Indeed, a comedy is among the many ideas Moore is in the early stages of exploring. He’s not closing the door on sci-fi, however, or even the possibility of adapting another classic property.

“It sort of depends on what it is,” Moore said. “My first instinct is to do something new and of my own (creation). But I’m not averse to doing a new spin on something else. I will be as curious as you to see what my next project is.”

Moore has worked with Pope before, during her last go-round as an exec at the Peacock-owned studio. He said he and his reps explored setting up shop elsewhere but that knowing Pope was coming back “was a big factor” in his decision to stay.

“It’s just an easy relationship,” he said. “They’re all good people to sit around and bounce ideas back and forth with. It’s a good home base.”

After getting his start on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Moore moved on to “ST: Deep Space Nine,” “Roswell” and “Carnivale.”

UMS has now locked deals with both of the bigshots behind “BSG.” Exec producer David Eick has a long-term deal with the studio and is prepping the bow of a new take on “Bionic Woman” for the Peacock.

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