There have been two camps of fans for “Battlestar Galactica.” One camp favors the original 1978 series, which aired on ABC. The enthusiasts in the other camp are followers of the recent 2004-2009 Sci Fi Channel series. Now, Universal Pictures is in the process of finalizing a deal to bring a third version of the famous wagon train in space series to the big screen.
A-list writer John Orloff (“Anonymous,” “A Mighty Heart”) will write the script and had this to say:
“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,” Orloff told Deadline. “I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”
The new film will be based on the 1978 television series. Director Bryan Singer has been waiting almost a decade for a chance to do a big screen remake. Production on the film depends on when Singer finishes his directing chores on New Line’s revisionist fairy tale “Jack the Giant Killer.”
Some fans are concerned that this latest remake is too hot on the heels of the Sci Fi Channel series, which went off the air in 2009. Others see this as a film that follows the old show with mass appeal and less dark tones. Finally, with director Bryan Singer at the helm, fans are worried it will meet the same disastrous end as Singer’s 2006 franchise reboot “Superman Returns.”
No date has been given on when “Battlestar Galactica” will go into production, but it is currently in development. John Orloff will write the script, while Bryan Singer directs.