Thanks to my buddy Vince, a.k.a Rockerdad who lent me the miniseries DVD, my hubby and I were hooked on Battlestar Galactica almost instantly. That’s why when I heard Bryan Singer were interested to adapt this to the big screen, I got really excited. It was short-lived as I soon found out he wasn’t thinking about the Ron Moore’s contemporary version, instead his vision was to do a sequel to the original 70s version. According to hitflix.com, he actually was already working on the BSG remake project prior to the 9/11 attack. However, given the plot about the Cylon surprise attack on Caprica, the studio got very nervous about it and the whole thing fell through.
Meh, I’ve only seen the original 70s version for about 10 minutes and no offense, but I doubt I’d ever get hooked on that show. Ron Moore and David Eick’s version was so compelling and well-written with an excellent cast. Good enough to even win the prestigious Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting.
To those who aren’t well-versed in this sci-fi series, basically both the 70s version and the later one is the same: Set in a distant galaxy where humans create a cybernetic race, basically intelligent robots, called Cylons. The Cylons ended up revolting against humanity, destroying all of human race civilization except for a small fleet of ships on the run and lead by the humanity’s last warship, the Battlestar Galactica. Hunted and pursued by the Cylons, they fight their way through space looking for safety and a new home.
It’s a riveting sci-fi drama that’s well worth adapting into the big screen. The thing is, the cast is a huge part of why I love the contemporary BSG. Without Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, and the rest of the superb cast, I’m not sure I’m as keen to watch it.
Now, I like Bryan Singer. He set the bar high with The Usual Suspect, and his follow-up Apt Pupil, a creepy Nazi-themed thriller, was quite masterful. I respect him even more when he pretty much launched the trend of comic book movies with the excellent X-Men and X-2. But after he kind of botched the Superman franchise with Superman Returns and Valkyrie wasn’t a box-office hit, I’m not sure where his reputation stands right now.
But BSG fans can rest easy for now. According to heatvision blog, the director is already on to another project, some fantasy adventure called Jack the Giant Killer. This is a good thing in my book. The power that be ought to just spend some time figuring out what vision of the sci-fi series they want to go with, and find a decent writer(s) to create a feature film that’s worth-seeing. Whether or not Singer will still be involved in the project, I wonder whether he’s got the chops to do to BSG what J.J. Abrams did with the critically-lauded Star Trek?
BSG fans, what do you think about the whole remake idea? Do you think Singer is the man to do it?