Apple Orders TV Series From 'Battlestar Galactica' And 'Outlander' Creator

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Apple TV customers will head into outer space. The company has commissioned science fiction television creator Ron Moore to create a new series.

Moore Returns To Space

Ron Moore is a very familiar name to countless science fiction fans. He has spent decades bringing the fantastic world of Star Trek to life for 12 years as he participated in the production process of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. Moore reimagined the classic science fiction series, Battlestar Galactica, and transformed it into an epic four-season space opera that starred an incredible ensemble of actors including Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, and Grace Park. He also developed the popular Starz historical drama Outlander.

What We Know About The Series

Right now, there are only a few details that we know about this upcoming series. Apple's untitled science fiction series will be produced by Moore's production company Tall Ship Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Moore has also recruited Fargo's co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The series will set on an alternate timeline where the United States and the Soviet Union's Cold War space race never ended.

Science Fiction On The Rise

The circumstances for Moore, Wolpert, and Nedevi's new Apple TV series are perfect. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has done exceptionally well with critics, and the film is expected to have an incredible box office run. Recently, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino has also announced his interest in directing a Star Trek film. There is also a documentary being released that focuses on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine celebrates the show's legacy and teases if the show will have a revival season.

Apple Versus Netflix

Moore's new science fiction series is Apple's third scripted series. The company's previously ordered two other television series including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon's morning news drama and Steven Spielberg and Bryan Fuller's Amazing Stories. Many insiders believe that Apple TV is preparing to challenge Netflix in a content war in the future. The three announced scripted series would join fan favorites Carpool Karaoke: The Series, Planet of the Apps, and Up Next as original Apple TV programming.

Apple TV has not announced a release date for all three original scripted programs.

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