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.
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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