Bryan Singer: Battlestar Galactica movie "on hold"

News Simon Brew 14 Feb 2013 - 06:38
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The Battlestar Galactica movie is placed on hold, with Bryan Singer hoping he can get back to it one day...

One of the many projects that Bryan Singer was juggling before he formally signed on to direct the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, was a big screen take on Battlestar Galactica. The news first broke of this back in 2011, and Singer was set to prioritise the project after a potential reboot of Excalibur, with which he was involved, died in development.

The response to the news of a big screen Galactica outing was quite mixed, with many arguing that the series had been successfully and recently rebooted by Ronald D Moore for the small screen, and it didn't need a fresh take for cinemas. It had been revealed that the movie was set to take its inspiration from the original television series rather than Moore's version. That suggested that Moore's version would be set aside when putting the new film together, although that was never really confirmed.

Now? We don't expect it to be for some time. Chatting to Coming Soon about Jack The Giant Slayer, which heads to cinemas next month, Singer has revealed that he remains keen to make a Battlestar Galactica movie, but that X-Men is his inevitable priority. "I have that one on hold for a moment", he said, "so hopefully, I'd love to be able to get back to that, but for now I'm just focused on this X-Men business".

If X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which Singer is shooting this year, proves to be a hit, then Fox is likely to push for a two year turnaround between it and the next installment. If Singer returns to direct that, then it's not hard to see Battlestar Galactica: The Movie drifting off the schedules indefinitely.

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Stop using the term reboot, (I.E: Excalibur), when it really doesn't apply.

Leave it aaahtt Singer.

Keep it on hold. So say we all. (Or at least me.)

Battlestar Galactica is the way to go as long as it is a modern version in the vein of the 1970's series.

Battlestar Galactica orginal story was always to big for the small screen and to expensive.

Hope Bryan Singer make the movie and the get also Tom DeSanto back on board.
Universal is so stu.. they could have a franchise like Star Wars with Battlestar Galactica.

The thing about the old series, is that it feels very dated now, with flashy Sci-fi sets. I think it would be strange to do a Battlestar film without the gritty realism of Moore's series. However, I'm pleased it has been put on hold for now.

Fantastic news!! This movie simply isn't necessary after the brilliance of the reimagined series. Please let this project die before it ever begins!

Yeah but Universal keeps screwing it up. They are horrible when it comes to franchises. BSG was their best chance at one but they screwed it up with Craprica and blood and stool.

As much as I liked the new series, I really didn't care for how the story developed in the 4th and 5th seasons. I read by that time they were making it up as they went along, which kind of sucked IMO. I really wouldn't mind a remake sticking with the original plot where the Cylons were created by an alien race. But somehow I don't think the story could be told in one movie.

That Totally Blows! Oh,Well; At least JJ Abrams Isn't Looking into it!

The only reason I can imagine is that Singer is like any other fan making a fan-fiction. Moore and Eick simply told the story right, actually much better than simply right. Like "more critically acclaimed than The West Wing" kind of right. And I can't possibly imagine it being told any better. Sure, a movie would be action-packed full of CGI, but really how many expensive CGIs does it take to beat THAT much quality of the tv reboot? This movie is like suicide bombing, ridiculous.

Unless it is based on the re-imagined series - and unless Ron Moore is involved - keep it dead. Come on Hollywood, we don't need yet-another-reboot!

I couldn't agree with you more, LanceSmith!!

I was a 12 year old kid when TOS aired & I loved it. Having recently watched TOS pilot on Netflicks I was only able to watch for 15 min. before turning it off. IMO, there has been more than enough coverage of space with multiple aliens stories. I also agree with LanceSmith. Ron Moore could easlily continue the story minus the 150,000 years later stuff. Bring back the re-imagined cast, even some of the dead ones (scifi fun) & we can all get what we really want to see........more from the fantastic characters that made the show so great!

Let this idea, die a peaceful death. The reboot was a phenomenal success so as the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

I'm still waiting for Singer's "Logan's Run" so I don't think we're in

NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want original BSG back!!!!!

Singer was farther along in his version when it got stalled. They actually had vipers built. This was before RDM did his series. It's fair that he wants to follow through on what he started.

That said he can get around to making a shitty movie about Jack and the beanstalk before this so he can't care all that much.

Here's an idea, how about Hollywood create something new? We pay billions into this industry and all we get is reboots, retelling, rewrites and reinventions.of things that were original at one time.

I agree with you about the 4th and 5th series. To be honest I think it started going downhill in series 3, with that final 5 non-sense. Still the odd good episode, but the story made less and less sense. I call it X-file syndrome, lets have lots of intriguing mysteries, damn we can't make it fit together.

A real shame, because I think that a case can be made for series 1 and 2 of the new Battlestar being amoung the greatest Sci-Fi series ever made. It can certainly be rated with the best from other genre like the Westwing and the Wire.

I'd like them to combine elements from the new and old series. I liked almost everything about the new series but I think that the Cylons should be machines. It never made much sense to me that they would want to devolve into fragile human bodies. Mechanical or cybernetic bodies are so much better suited to life in outer space.


What a shame. The original was cheesy, but uplifting, with a positive outlook on humanity and the fight for survival against evil. The re-imagined BG has its supporters, but for me the unrelenting darkness of it, where no one has any friends, no one does anything for the right reason, people are weak, corrupt, there are no heroes, no hopes, no dreams, only fear and anxiety and a nagging sense that we are the evil ones sucked the life out of it. I wanted to love it. I watched every episode (until it got down right silly in the last season and I started laughing at it). But now the box sets sit collecting dust while I still go back and watch the original.

The new BG will age just as the old one has. The sets will start to look like the plywood they are. What will be left are two human narratives. In one we have hope, in the other no hope.

I hope this movie gets made one day.

To me they need to focus on a Blood and Chrome series. SyFy is all gun shy over the failure of Caprica. It was doomed to fail as it focused too much on real life events like religion and terrorism.

I think it's just how you took it. Yes, the new one is very dark at times. In the big picture, it's not dark at all. In the original series, there was no defined ending, but at best, Earth circa 1980 + the fleet of fugitives might have beaten or driven off the Cylons. In the new series, something wonderful happens that may or may not change everything.

The original show had traditional TV morality, with good guys who rarely made a mistake, and felt awful when they did ... and bad guys who were simply murderous maniacs with little if any explanation for why they did what they did. That type of moral simplicity can work ... it does in Star Trek, it did in Star Wars. It's kid-friendly and it lets you relax and root for certain characters, secure in the knowledge that the good guys will win in the end.

The new show isn't like that. It takes a far more "realistic" approach to how people behave, albeit obviously in a sci-fi setting. When "good" characters do "bad" things, you understand why. When "bad" characters do "good" things, you understand why.

There is nothing wrong with the simple good guy/bad guy shows, but it's refreshing to have at least a handful of thoroughly grown-up and complex shows like the new BSG that don't follow that convention.

I also saw some people talking about how the last season or two were "silly" and seemed made up as they went along. I think the last season(s) are wonderful, and I think the way the show ends is awe-inspiring. It seems to me that most people upset by the "mystic" angle of the show are people who think religion is ridiculous. The "mystic" angle makes perfect sense if you simply take what the show tells you at face value. No matter how many times Head Six tells Baltar precisely what she is, a lot of viewers simply refused to listen, and convinced themselves she was something else ... and were offended when it turned out that what she told him was quite literally true.

This would have been a fine idea in the 90s. It might be a fine idea 10 years from now. Right now, way too many people are invested in the new series. A movie based on the old series would probably not be commercially successful. Why confuse people by re-re-imagining it at this point? Maybe later.

Personally: I am right in the sci-fi movie demographic, and I certainly wouldn't watch a movie based on the original series in the theater. Maybe on Redbox eventually. I'd watch a movie based on the new series in the theater, possibly more than once.

When the original BSG aired in the 1970s it was referred to derisively as "Wagon Train in space" which is exactly what it was. While I am a fan of both, there's no need for either a reboot (new cast, new vision) or a movie from the most recent reboot (they've done it all already).

Use More and some of the cast please

I sure hope this comes to be. Just finished the series and I am in love with this series. The pilot bored me to death, but the rest of the series did not disappoint hardly ever. I miss Galactica already. :( I'd say Galactica and Babylon 5 both still have much untapped potential in a series or motion picture.

I don't see an urgent need for another reboot of the BSG franchise. Unlike Star Trek or Star Wars, BSG has a clear beginning, middle and end. It's difficult to see how they can turn it into an ongoing franchise. The Sci Fi series had a definitive ending. A direct sequel would feel too much like the network is just trying to milk the franchise for what it can get. A reboot of the original attack doesn't seem necessary either. Moore and Eick knocked it out of the park with the 2003 miniseries.

As for going back to the style and tone of the original 1970s series, how is that going to work? People under the age of 40 won't remember it as a first-run series. Younger viewers are more enthusiastic about all the other sci-fi, adventure and comic book franchises out there, from Star Wars, the revival of Star Trek, Marvel superheroes, Bat Man and so on. I've gone back and watched some of the 1970s episodes over the past year, from Comcast On Demand. I have to say that I found many of the episodes nearly unwatchable now, as an adult. Pig men in space? (Not even making this up.) Casinos everywhere? Some complained that the modern series went away from the supposed family-friendly qualities of the original, but at its heart, the story is about a near genocide. Not really something that should be a kiddie show anyway. Ronald Moore saw that obvious point and developed it appropriately, as a grittier and raw series. Why would survivors of genocidal attack be going to casinos all the time?

Unless a modern director just wanted to make a movie squarely aimed at the grade school audience, he or she would have to change quite a bit from the 1970s series to make it work for modern audiences. If that's the case, what would be the point? Moore and Eick already updated the story successfully (according to most, though not all, observers).

I wouldn't look forward to a retread of the 1970s material. It would feel too much like other Hollywood revivals of old franchises, like the modern movies of The Dukes of Hazzard, SWAT and so on. (I do admit to liking the Charlie's Angels movies, but I don't know how you would apply that approach to BSG. BSG isn't a comedy.)

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