It seems that progress on a big screen incarnation of Battlestar Galactica is continuing as news of a writer attached to the project surfaces. Many fans would know that Battlestar Galactica was a science fiction TV series created by Glen Larson that ran in 1978, and was followed by a brief sequel TV series that ran in 1980. Many years later the widely popular re-imagined Battlestar Galactica was first televised in 2003, which then ran until 2009.
Bryan Singer, director of ‘Superman Returns’, ‘X-Men 2’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’ has long been rumoured as attached to direct a big screen version of the franchise, and has previously made comments to the effect that his vision for the film is that it would be more closely based on the original 1978 series, rather than the more recent reimagining of the series.
To build further momentum for the project it seems that Universal Pictures are securing the talents of writer John Orloff for the project. Orloff has previously written for the TV series ‘Band of Brothers’, as well as 2007’s ‘A Mighty Heart’ and the Zack Snyder directed ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga ‘Hoole’. Orloff is a seemingly interesting choice, his previous works don’t conjure images of science/fiction epics however he has been involved with some well received productions.
Movement on this project does beg the question however, is this too soon for another version of the franchise to see a release? The franchise is immersed in both interesting and compelling concepts no doubt, however the recent TV series only ended in 2009, further to this it has spawned one cancelled TV series (Caprica) with another TV series being piloted in late 2011 (Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome).
The recent TV series also saw the production of two TV movies being ‘Razor’ and ‘The Plan’ which were released on DVD in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and interestingly Edward James Olmos a staple actor on the series has been quoted as saying that ‘The Plan’ will not be the last movie based on the re-imagined series.
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