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Battlestar Galactica Finds a Writer

Mere days after director Bryan Singer was quoted about turning his attention once again to Battlestar Galactica, the big-screen version of the 1970s television series has found a writer.

Heat Vision reports that John Orloff, who wrote Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and the upcoming Anonymous, will pen the Universal Pictures movie, which has no connection to Ronald D. Moore’s acclaimed 2004 re-imagining.

Created by Glen A. Larson, the premise of 1978 space opera is by now familiar: Humans living on a group of planets in a distant part of our galaxy are attacked by the cybernetic Cylons, who lay waste to the Twelve Colonies and the Colonial Fleet that protects them. The few survivors flee into space, defended by the massive battleship Battlestar Galactica, and attempt to make their way to the fabled 13th colony … Earth.

Battlestar Galactica has been a somewhat elusive property for Singer, who began developing it a television miniseries in 2000, set to air two years later on Fox as a backdoor pilot. However, production delays forced Singer to drop out because of earlier commitments to X-Men 2, leading network executives to lose interest in the project.

A “complete re-imagination” of the original series was resurrected in 2009, only months after Moore’s TV revival concluded its four-season run, this time as a movie, with Singer attached to direct and produce.


  • Mel

    I’d rather he redo Logan’s Run.

  • prigmutton

    That seems really odd to me; a third version of a setting/story, only a very few years after the conclusion of a critically successful version of same? I guess a bold reimagining of Firefly is next up followed by, I dunno, one of Supernatural :P

  • John

    Too Soon really just too soon, what is the official waitng time these days in hollywood from the end of a tv show or release of a movie before they begin thinking reboot, how soon is too soon.

  • Anonymous

    Considering how truly awful the ending of Ron Moore’s “Touched by a Cylon”, I mean Battlestar Galactica, was I think Ron Moore’s BSG needs a reboot.

    As to the original series, well, it was so bad that most people don’t even remember it. Singer should leave that one alone. If Singer reboots Ron Moore’s BSG, all of the Hot Cylons will be guys. Which is fine with me since, I’m also gay.

  • Crewmanguy

    Why reboot something that had a sucessful run a few years ago?  If anything I’d like to see a movie that properly wrapped up Caprica.
    Also, Mel’s comment about Logan’s Run is a great idea.  

  • Joe

    I saw that ending where they couldn’t pay off that wierd dream theater sequence. I saw a lot of stuff like that in the past decade. A concept that can’t be paid off or is alteast not planned out too well.

    “Wow, she was dead and an angel or something. It’s like Bruce Willis in the Sixth Sense.”

    Ha, I spoiled two endings right there.

  • Siathomas73

    I think John fits for the job. I bet he can create twist and make the story more colorful than the original but of course the originality should and must still be there. I hope there would be a TV series of this which can be avilable at online TV.