Well, then, perhaps I heard wrong. I've never paid much attention to the show. I could have sworn I read an article where he was unhappy to be stuck with the baggage from the original BSG-- I assumed from the context that it was forced upon him by Sciffy.
Even if that's true, a remake need not retain everything from the original. So, in and of itself being forced by "overlords" to retain more material than might be preferred would be irrelevant to whether the project was, at heart, a RINO.
Said another way, touching other bases doesn't cancel out the presence of a core.