No BSG movie for Bryan Singer … for now at least

BSGlogoThanks 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.

The Cast of Ron Moore's BSG Series
The Cast of Ron Moore's BSG Series

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?

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6 thoughts on “No BSG movie for Bryan Singer … for now at least

  1. Curt

    Well, the original series was pretty lame other then the premise, which is what the remake used. So, no to that. Also, with the saturation of the updated BSG, I think the audiences would be confused as to what they expected to see. With regard to a movie version of the series remake, what would it be about since they have found earth? Maybe show what happened to Starbuck and close up few other plot holes, but that would be a stretch to justify making a movie. A prequel is in the works for TV, so that idea is out. Unless…

    Voiceover: “See the epic adventure too big for the small screen. The story that couldn’t be told now comes to life in, BSG:The Movie! Starring, yada yada yada…

  2. rockerdad

    Thanks for the kudos RTM – I’m a pusher for a good TV show.
    Singer might be able to do it. But I wouldn’t expect anything like the Eick/Moore series which would be difficult to top. I can see him doing cool things visually – it’s really up to the writers if this will be worth anything. Plus, there is only so much ground you can cover in 2-3 hours. So you wonder, which part of the Galactica universe they will focus on. It will most certainly have to be dumbed down to cater to non-BSG fans (because that’s what Hollywood believes it should do to grow a profit.)

    I enjoyed the Glen Larson TV show when I was growing up but really got turned off once they started using the same scenes and props on Buck Rogers of the 25th Century – sheesh (I did have a crush on Erin Gray when I was 7 yrs. old…)

    1. Well I’m forever indebted to you for introducing me to Adama and the gang, it’s such a great show I might even check out “Caprica” since you said it’s pretty good. Yeah, I can’t imagine cramping all that stuff into even a miniseries, let alone a 2-hr movie… but like you said, if the writing is good, anything is possible. X-Men 1 & 2 were great, so Singer could do it given the right vision.

      Buck Rogers, ha! I actually liked that show, as campy as it was, but then again what WASN’T cheesy in those days. We’ve come a long way, thanks goodness.

  3. I just don’t quite get this, your right about Singer having made some good movies, The Usual Suspects was excellent and i thought he did a great job on the X-Men movies too, and even though he is obviously a fan of BSG and even tried to put a TV show out, i just don’t get how it can work.

    The TV show BSG was awsome, the best sci fi tv show in the last decade, and they pulled in a great cast i just find it too confusing like you mentioned about the issue with the tv cast vs a potential movie cast, and the fact that at most a 2 hour movie could really not compare to the depth and length of the TV show. Sure the show was filled with some filler plots but they were in the most part good additions to the overall arc of the show.

    I have also read other people opinion for the movie saying it might make your more average Joe think hey! I’ll go out and buy that tv show on DVD, but i for one will probably not even want to see this movie, because i just don’t think it can ever match up on any level.

    rant over:)

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yeah, I kind of doubt the movie will get off the ground anytime soon. I take it you’re a fan of the Ron Moore’s version, not the original one? Crunching the series into a 2-hour slot AND finding a worthy ensemble cast are just the tip of the iceberg, the trickiest part is obviously coming up with a decent plot.

      Btw, I just sauntered over to your site. ‘Flash Forward’ sounds like a pretty cool show. I like Joseph Fiennes work, and with the writer of Batman Begins, it sure piqued my interest. I might have to check that one out if I can find the time.

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