Bryan Singer had a chance to be the man responsible for finally giving "Battlestar Galactica" the modern relaunch it long deserved, but Sept. 11, 2001 got in the way.
Now the director behind the X-Men revival and the failed Superman film revival is determined to bring his vision of "Battlestar Galactica" to the big screen. It's moved up on Singer's priority list after Warner Bros. cancelled his attempt at a King Arthur big screen adaptation tentatively titled "Excalibur."
"Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen," Singer recently told SFX magazine. "I was really enthused to do it. I'm a a fan of John Boorman's movie, and it was my intention to get it going after 'Jack the Giant Killer' was completed."
However, Warner Bros. had multiple King Arthur projects going at once, and the studio eventually decided to go with "Arthur & Lancelot" from David Dobkin instead.
"Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was," Singer said. "That is why our version of Excalibur ended up being negated. But when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing 'Battlestar Galactica' which I think will be really exciting."
Singer hasn't released too much detail on what he plans to do with "Battlestar Galactica," but just about everything suggests that he will ignore the Syfy reboot from 2003 and instead continue on from the 1978 series, all part of his original plan in the early 2000s when he was attached to a Fox version of the show. He'll likely have to change his Cylons a bit, since Syfy's version really went ultra-modern, while borrowing some of his look to create the Cylons created on the original "Earth" in the series.
If Singer does continue forward with a 1978 continuation, it's not clear how he will deal with what will surely be audience confusion, especially with the more modern version more fresh in most science-fiction fans' minds. It's also unclear (but expected) he will ignore the 1980 revival of the series, which brought the fleet to Earth in what was supposed to be a less expensive show for ABC.
"Battlestar Galactica" isn't expected to hit movie screens before 2014.
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