Bryan Singer Is Bringing ‘Battlestar Galactica’ To The Big Screen

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm,

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It’s time to fire up the Galactica one more time, as Bryan Singer is closing  a deal with Universal Pictures to bring Glen A. Larson’s sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica to the big screen – something that Singer has been trying to accomplish for the past 10 years.

Penning Battlestar Galactica’s feature film-debut is screenwriter John Orloff, who previously wrote the Angelina Jolie wartime thriller A Mighty Heart; the animated owl movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole; and two episodes of HBO’s Band of Brothers. More recently, Orloff wrote the upcoming Roland Emmerich film, Anonymous.

Proving himself to be as big of a Battlestar Galactica fan as Singer, Orloff was ecstatic when talking to Deadline about his involvement on the project:

“I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs. I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”

While this deal was certainly something that both Singer and Universal have been interested in pursuing, it wasn’t made until Warner Bros. passed on Singer’s Excalibur remake. With Excalibur off the table, and Singer currently directing Jack the Giant Killer for New Line, it created the perfect storm for this deal to be made.

Of course, with the critically-acclaimed 2004 Battlestar Galactica TV remake coming to an end less than 3 years ago, is the world ready to see another telling of the Battlestar Galactica story? After Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica came to an end, the network attempted to continue the franchise with the prequel series Caprica. Unfortunately, the series didn’t capture audiences’ attention and was quickly canceled.

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Currently, Syfy is contemplating the return of Battlestar Galactica, with the television series Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome that’s set during the First Cylon War – which will allow for original stories to be told, while also including some space-based action (something Caprica didn’t have).

There has been no word on when Singer intends to begin production on the Battlestar Galactica movie, but chances are that they’ll be looking for a late 2013, early 2014, release date.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. Wish he would just leave it the Frak alone.

    The remake series was amazing and near perfection why mess with that? Besides how do you do a 2 hour movie of that?

  2. Good luck with it I say. Just hope its better than Abrams ‘Star Trek’. Always in the mood for good sci-fi on the big screen.

  3. Wow. I’m not sure what to think of this because I’m 100% sure it won’t live up to the TV show.

  4. Ugh. Singer ruining another franchise he has no interest in other than the fame and fortune that comes with it. Pass.

  5. I thought the show was boring beyond belief. I have tried watching it a few times and just never could get into it. I would hope that the movie would be a little more lighthearted and less depressing than the show was.

    • Andy God I hope not. The Show was sort of about having Hope and trust in dark depressing uncertain times. Making a light hearted warm and fuzzy pile of crap like every other cookie cutter film out there wouldn’t work for it at all.

    • I have to agree, although I was able to watch the series. I am a fan of the original Galactica, so I was expecting more humor than was given. I also did not agree with making Starbuck female. Since they are doing a big screen adaptation, I just hope they don’t use the shaky-cam style that was done so often in the series.

      I wonder if they will employ what the creator of the original tried to do, make a sci-fi universe through his own religious beliefs (Mormon). One of my favorite episodes from the original is when they meet a man with extraordinary abilities, who they find out later is the biblical Lucifer. In the remake, they do use angels but I don’t remember any demons.

  6. I’m all for it. The first couple seasons of the series remake were good but it went downhill after that.

    • Jasson gotta dissagre I thought it got better with each season. Far superior to the original which isn’t even watchable IMO.

      • This is ridiculous and you can lay the blame at the feet of the moron Glen Larson, who never like Ron Moore’s brilliant version but made them but his name on it anyway. This is going to be a flaming pile of crap and without Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Michael Hogan, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, et al. — a cast that made Moore’s tweek on Larson’s idea so far superior to the original garbage that it was able to tell the whole story of this crew in 5 seasons — it is going to be a flaming mess.

        For the people who are still harping on the fact that Moore made Starbuck a female, even though it worked because of the wonderful actress they gave the part to – give up — the fans of this great idea outnumber you. When did Bryan Singer just give up on trying to make good films?

        • I totally agree with ya on this! I was there when the Original Galactica aired and Wow! for its day-but now it’s just to painful to watch!. The New series gave life to that old decayed carcase of saturday morning fodder, and really showed that a Sci Fi story line can have great human story and drama. Yes there were some more than Dark and Slow episodes-but if it were just about big space battles then you may as well have played the online game. All you diehard TOS Galactica fans grumbled when this new series came out-and now a possable movie-Why? just take the good and go with it-TOS is Dead-and the cast Gone or to old or fat to fit the flight suit and what credibility they has as actors was lost when they cruised the LOVE BOAT!

      • *threw

  7. Could be good but Moore’s was the definative for me. I imagine this will be more of a Trek like reimagining of the original

    Shatner for Adama BTW

  8. Hey, whatever keeps the franchise going! I am all for it!

  9. God please keep singer away from this franchise, im really looking forward to Blood and Chrome. I hope SYFY gets off their ares and get going on it. Letting Singer any where near this will be the kiss of death that was a refreshing revision of a classic property that very few other reboots have been able to accomplish. I also agree with Daniel, that the series truly showed how the hopeless found something to believe in, in order to carry on. destruction and loss on the scale those people had to endure would hardly be light and fuzzy. if you want feel good watch a comedy, not a show about the extinction of a whole civilization and the survivors fight and journey to live on

  10. I hated the syfi series. It began ok and just got worse and worse til only the die hards could stomach it. Im tired of people acting like it was so great. The finale was horrible Just stupid as frak. I dont know how you can expect to have a good BSG without Muffit?

  11. If I want Battlestar, I have 4 amazing seasons on Blu-Ray that I can watch anytime. I don’t want this, don’t need it, hope it fails. As far as I’m cconcerns Galactica is over. This will be a frakking abomination.

    So Say We All!

    • Abomination? The only abominations i’ve seen are caprica and blood and chrome. I watched that horrid mess when it came out on youtube. What a failure. Caprica seemed to have potential, not really sure why no one got into it, I thought it was fairly entertaining and enlightening. While I agree with most that there have been an overwhelming number of failed and just plain wrong ‘series to movie’ productions (dbz evolution being the biggest for me) if done correctly, with plenty of research and study on the 2004 series (which, in this day and age, is the only one you can hope to go by now) you cna have an extremely successful and well done movie. This can be seen in some of the games i play. When people do it right, you get something like nexus; battlestar galactica. When you get someone who has no idea what they’re doing and just keeps moving along anyway, you get things like bigpoints battlestar galactica online. Have hope, there’s no telling what this will be.

  12. LOL at all the use of “frak(king)” in the comments.

  13. Battlestar Galactica has a great universe, and it should be explored.
    The 2004 show was great, but had some flaws (if i want a show about religion, i’ll go to church).
    The cast was great and it had his moments.
    But like i said before, the ending (wtf is starbuck) was… euh… just plain bad. The series did not leave me behind with a great feeling, and that’s sad. For something that had a very good run…

    I don’t see Singer improving it.

  14. Rather watch Blood and Chrome than anything Singer will do. Have not been a fan of his for a while now.

  15. As a fan of both BSG series,
    I Look forward to what Singer has to offer.

  16. I like Singer but this is a bad idea. Any fan of the latest series will think a movie falls short. The series was awesome and there cant be a 2 hours movie that even comes close.

    • *2 hour rather

  17. I don’t get why Singer would want to do a project that has two separate versions, with vocal fans on both sides. Considering his tendency to put his own spin on things, pretty much anything he does will tick some fans off. That said what else is there to be done with this property?

  18. There are other possible places to take the story. I’m not much of a zinger fan either for abandoning the x-men franchise and then striking out with Superman, but for example, what if he told a story where they found Earth and it was more advanced than in either series. From there you could tell a unique story where the last Battlestar heads up a fleet of Earth ships defending our solar system. And that’s just one way to go…

  19. Considering the SyFy Battlestar series went in its own direction, the fact that Star Trek has been re-booted, and the whole space based versions of StarGate that just came and went, what more is Singer going to be able to explore with such a specific property ?

  20. I believe in bryan!

    by your command!

  21. fine with me. the way the remake ended killed that version of the franchise for me. (There isnt really anywhere with it). There isnt a lot of sci fi on right now so im fine with another reboot

    • meant to say there isnt anywhere to go with the ending of the remade series

  22. I’ve been for a big screen version of “battlestar galactica” for many years. This is is great frakin’ news!!!

  23. Does anyone know, or has anyone heard, if this is still a possibility?

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