With Excalibur Stuck, Bryan Singer Moves on to Battlestar Galactica
For the time being, Bryan Singer’s intended remake of John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur will stay lodged in the metaphorical rock of Hollywood’s stalled projects. According to SFX, the director of such films as The Usual Suspects, X-Men and X2 just didn’t have his project as far along as a competing Arthurian flick at Warner Bros.
While he’s now working on Jack the Giant Killer, a fantasy adventure about a boy inadvertently reigniting a war between humans and giants, Singer mentioned the removal of Excalibur from his plate means he can move on to other projects. “But, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing Battlestar Galactica – which I think will be really exciting.”
If the news of a Singer-helmed BSG project sounds unfamiliar, it’s because not a lot has been said on the subject. Last year there was talk of something along these lines when it was announced that Syfy joined forces with Universal Studios to form a new company called Syfy Films. Singer’s version will supposedly have nothing to do with the popular Syfy reboot that led into Caprica, and may possibly go back to the property’s 1970s origins.
Singer talked about a web project called Agent H in greater detail:
“I am producing this internet series called H Plus. There are going to be around 40 to 50 episodes, broadcast exclusively on the internet, and each one is going to last for just three to six minutes. It is quite addictive. I like to describe it as an apocalyptic, technological story… technology gone wrong: it is totally science fiction. It also tells the story in a non-linear fashion so, as you experience it on the internet, it jumps around a bit. However, it all coalesces the more you watch. It is new thing that we did with Warner digital and Dolphin media and it should be ready soon.”
Never one to go very long without another project in the works, expect even more news about Singer’s Battlestar project in the near future.