A Battlestar Movie with Bryan Singer?
August 14, 2009
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Rumors are starting to fly around the net again that Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and X-2, will direct a Battlestar Galactica movie. That’s good news you’d assume… but in reality that’s a big fat NO! This Battlestar would have nothing to do with the masterpiece that was reimagined by Ron Moore and David Eick. Instead this BSG movie would be more like the original show, campy family fun. I for one don’t want to see Battlestar reduced to that again.
If you weren’t aware Singer and his production partner Tom DeSanto were originally set to deliver the reimagined Battlestar Galactica to the SciFi channel. In the aftermath of 9/11 their vision fell apart leading Ron Moore and David Eick to take the reigns and give the SciFi channel the Battlestar we all know and love today. If you check out the SciFi wire the SciFi folks present their opinion on the current BSG which pisses me off a bit. They say:
It was later that Ronald D. Moore and David Eick developed their own take on the material for a Syfy series that went on to critical acclaim, earning the admiration of a loyal if somewhat small audience.
Somewhat small audience? What the frak? Battlestar Galactica was consistantly pulling in the best ratings of any show on the SciFi channel. This just smacks of revisionist history trying to make it seem as though the show was not as widely followed as it was in reality. How many Science Fiction shows do you know of that have won Peabody awards? What other show on the SciFi channel was able to reach millions of people who normally ignored science fiction? Moore’s Galactica combined amazing writers, actors, and a story to make a masterpiece that in effect saved teh SciFi channel. Say what you want but the network would not have survived on wrestling and Stargate. Battlestar brought viewers to the SciFi channel that never would have been there otherwise and to discount that fanbase is another poor decision the the executives that thought it would be great to rename the channel to Syfy.
Moore and Eick gave the fans an edgy SciFi show that was more likely to leave you feeling like you’d been punched in the gut instead of with a smile on your face. And you know what, fans loved it! I can pretty much guarantee that if the new BSG comes out I for one will not be checking it out. It seems more like a step backwards and an attempt to cash in on the greatness of Moore’s BSG just as it is wrapping up. That and lets be honest no one would ever be able to compare to Edward James Olmos’ William Adama. If you’re a BSG fan say NO to this recreation. So say we all!
Edit: Entertainment Weekly is confirming that Bryan Singer has signed on to do a complete reimagining of the Battlestar from the 70s. Universal is getting greedy now. I can scarcely contain my excitement for this abomination…. yay.