Bryan Singer to Make Battlestar Galactica Movie [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

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[Update: It's confirmed that Bryan Singer WILL helm the Battlestar Galactica movie. See Bottom of the post.]

Drew McWeeny at HitFix has the exclusive on some very interesting developments on the Universal Pictures feature film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica.

The amazing television series brought to us by Ron Moore and David Eick gave fans new and old, a more realistic take on the classic series from the late seventies. Their show stood strong to complete its story on their own schedule, and after four full seasons, they’re now in the midst of launching the spinoff series, Caprica, that has already had its pilot released on DVD.

According to Drew, his sources have informed him that Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns, The Usual Suspects) is being brought in by Universal to produce the project. It’s possible he’ll be directing the film but there’s no word on that yet.

For those who don’t know, Bryan Singer and Tom De Santo actually had a plan for a new Battlestar Galactica television series years ago that would have been set up as a sequel of sorts, based 20 years after the classic series. That project was canned as the terrible events of 9/11 unfolded due to the introduction of the storyline being based on an all-our surprise attack, not a good idea around that time period.

Sadly, a lot of work was put into that and a bunch of CG animation had been worked on as they were only months away from shooting when they had to stop. The story of Singer’s series would follow the human survivors as they live on a colony after voting to abandon their search for Earth.

To read more details on that and see some concept work, head over to io9.

Back in February, we first learned that Universal’s new movie would be taking us back to the original Battlestar Galatica series and would still have the key characters of Adama, Starbuck and Baltar in it. They’d just have nothing to do with the Moore’s recent incarnation which is still pushing forward with a movie titled The Plan on its way as well as the Caprica series mentioned above.

We also learned at that time that creator and writer, Glen A. Larson, was in negotiations with Universal to work on a new BSG feature film.

So, are Larson and Singer working together on this and will it follow the original series, new series or be an entirely new take?

Since most mainstream audiences aren’t aware of the history of the Cylons, and since we know it’ll be separate from Ronald D. Moore’s vision, it would have to be an origin films of sorts and yet another different take on the franchise as we know it.

A concern for me is the story and how it could be told in two hours. There’s so much more to it than that and it’d be have to structured as a franchise set of films, likely as a trilogy.

If someone’s got to be chosen for this, Singer is the right choice. He has the sci-fi/fantasy roots with his Superhero film background, he’s a big name in the industry, and he already has worked on Battlestar Galactica before.

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Singer is onboard to helm the BSG movie, and that the film will be a complete re-imagining of the original 70s lore created by Glen Larson. Go here for details.

What do you think of Singer being involved and what would you like to see of a big budget BSG feature film?

Source: HitFix.com, io9

Update Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. What a wild and crazy rumor.

  2. Can we really trust Mr. Singer with this? Seriously, he cannot tell the story in a 2 hour period, which tells me we would have to have 3 films. Don’t get me wrong, I have liked his past work…..but is there enough fan base to make $$$ the studio will want. ( with a budget of 200 Million?)

  3. I wont believe this until Singer himself confirms it .

    • It was just confirmed recently. He will direct it. I saw it with my own eyes on a video clip that was posted this year. That being said however, he says it will fit between the two universes.

  4. Might be ok.
    It would be better if he partnered up with the current BG group to bring what we know to the big screen.

    IF they don’t continue with the current casting, I’m sure they run a huge risk of bombing. I’ve never see a cast so loved in a group like this one!

    Heed the Fan-Base on this one guys…. -Stark

  5. I don’t know anything about battlestar. Is it actually a good show that isn’t too cheesey?

  6. Why not, I love Moore’s version but that version is done.
    It would be nice to have alot of the same actors involved starting with Olmos who can certainly play a more optimistic Adama.

  7. What’s the point of this?, another reimaging of the attack on Caprica?
    The series was the high point let it rest for another 2000 years.

    Crying Critic yeah its a good show. Check it on dvd.

  8. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed this rumor as true.

    Same ol same ol,,,
    Its like the line in the latest BSG, “it happend in the past and it will happen again”

  9. lol, 790 – good call :)

  10. I’m going to go throw up now.

    I’ve done that before and will probably do that again too!

  11. 790 says:
    August 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    What’s the point of this?, another reimaging of the attack on Caprica?
    The series was the high point let it rest for another 2000 years.

    Seems to be the easiest thing to do these days,take an already established story,change a few things in the rewrite,then release is in theaters.Lame.and to answer your question(albeit,rhetorical I’m sure),to make gobs of money and that’s about it.

    The thing about it is that from the time that the original BSG came out and the new on,it was right on time,but this is just ridiculous.

  12. @Longshanks, I get what you mean but I think along with making money off BSG, behind the scenes theres a larger agenda playing out…

    With so many alien invasion tv shows and upcoming films, one has to step back and look at the pattern of conditioning that’s taking place in the media,,, a coincidence we shall see,,,,???? 8-O
    Don’t forget that the same people who make movies control the news,,, 790

  13. loved the original, skeptical of the new series until i saw the pilot”holy crap it’s good” loved it even more. Maybe too loyal to the new series to accept a movie re-imagining again. I’ll have to wait and see.

  14. @790

    Sometimes I think the same thing,but other times I think that writers and producers are just riding the wave.

    For instance,Deep Impact and Armageddon came out around the same time,Dante’s Peak and Volcano as well,The Illusionist and The Prestige too.While they aren’t the exact same movies,obviously,they have similar situations and or running themes,and they were released very close to each other.

  15. Same reason they made a Star Trek movie,

    They’ll mainstream it to make half a billion dollars and kickstart a new franchise if they market it right and get a cool likable cast.

  16. Oh Just Thought of Something!!!

    SHATNER AS ADAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Singer is friends with Shatner!!!!

    SHATNER AS ADAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES!!!!!

  17. I hope that this is more like the original series than the newer series. I know I am the minority on that, but the new series did absolutely NOTHING for me. I really REALLY wanted to like it, but after watching a few episodes I couldn’t make myself enjoy it. I would prefer a more light-hearted take on it similar to the TV show (w/o the cheesiness though).

  18. Andy what direction would you take ?

    BSG fans of the past show or the reboot have all gone through the attack on Caprica and the subsequent fleeing from Cylon tyranny.

    Are we going to see that again, puke! Its too soon.

  19. Richard Hatch on blog radio now discussing this subject: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/StarTrek/2009/08/18/Richard-Hatch-beams-in-for-a-chat

  20. I love the new making of BSG and respect the original, but I don’t know if I can take a third re-telling of the story. In my head is Olmos, Bamber, Sackhoff, Park, Penikett, etc.

    Are new characters going to be created? Are the characters going to be recast? Are they going to make it for the younger generation like they did with “Star Trek?” (I’m not saying that was bad; I really liked it, it was just really aimed at my generation (I’m 21) or younger.)

    Either stick with Moore’s vision and actors or wait ten years and start a fresh. Don’t bombard people who haven’t seen either series with a third vision. Too confusing… maybe even for me.

  21. spell check please

  22. Jessie, I couldn’t agree with you more. I also loved the original series growing up, but having watched every episode of the new BSG series, I couldn’t think of anything worse or insulting to the new series by trying to remake another angle of this story based on the original, especially if they use different cast members. It would be a grave mistake.
    Don’t get me wrong, as I said I loved the original series growing up, but to do a movie based on the original series now would be crazy since most people have got used to seeing the new series.
    Also, why would you want to change the cast just for the movie? they were all fantastic in there own right.

    P’S
    Mr Singer, on the off chance, if your reading any of these comments,
    please, please, please do the movie based on or around Ron Moore’s new series. I really believe this will work out so much better.

  23. BSG on Sci Fi is already forgotten. Great start to the series but the last two seasons were weak with a horrible ending. Sci Fi should do another continued series with Adama waking up from a dream somewhere in season two and go from there.

    I agree that it will be difficult to make a great movie in only 120 minutes. None of the new characters hold a candle to Greene, Hatch, and Dirk.

  24. I would love to see a remake or continuation of the classic show. I loved the show growing up and I still love the show as a middle aged fan. I didn’t care to much for the re-imagining by Sci Fi even though it was smart to bring on Richard Hatch to whom the franchise owes a lot for bringing interest back to the show. I think Singer has a chance to do what could not be done in the 70′s and why not bring Hatch in to do the part of Adama. I hope this comes to be reality for the continuation that was to be was such a disappointment to fans when it was canceled. I will always be partial to the original show and actors but would love to see a movie that goes along very close to the original story.

  25. Any news on this? I hope it all flops – just like the re-imagining of “V”… New series was rubbish. BSG ended. Bring it back from the dead when it becomes out dated.

  26. New series of “V” was rubbish – not Galactica! Also Caprica was very good until they rushed the ending to finish it. Cant wait for Blood and Chrome. When will Singer stop remaking old ideas and work on something his own?

  27. The remake was absolutely horrible. There was no optimism nor were there any good messages. It simply promoted utlitarianism. As opposed to letting whoever was first in line onto the spaceship they showed prejudice towards people they considered to be “useful.” I think this is a gross attempt to place favoritism on certain people’s lives is unbelievably evil. Likewise Adama lies to his people in regards to knowing the cordinates to Terra so that he can give them hope and to boost morale. This is disgusting.
    Now in addition to these complaints I also feel that the original show just simply had better color and imagination. The characters were relatable. With exception starbuck, who was really only supposed to be humorous, they were not shallow self obsessed aholes. This actually made the show much more interesting when they were faced with moral dilemas and the general public protested. The storyline was consistent enough. THe Cylons wanted to eliminate humans due to a progamming prejudice. However, the conflict that arrose was just so much more entertainning. I’d much rather see Apollo sneeking around a Cylon Basestar than listen to the drama on that occurs in Moore’s series. People who like the new one just simply like darkness for the sake of darkness without any real merit. I suppose if you’re a fan the philosophy of Schopenhauer and Neitzsche you’d prefer the remake, but otherwise the orginial has better value. It promoted optimism in face of an entire planet’s destruction. That’s a good thing.

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