About a billion years ago – or, you know, a couple, whatever – Bryan Singer was given the reins of a feature film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica, the hit, critically-acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning series science fiction television series that balanced exciting high tech action with a complex cast of characters and genuine social relevance in equal measure. Except he's not: Singer's Battlestar Galactica movie has nothing to do with the Sci-Fi Channel Original Series, and everything to do with the original, significantly goofier series it was based on, from 1978.
Oh sure it has its fans, and was certainly ahead of its time, but come on… Which Battlestar Galactica is better, people? It's not the one that Singer is adapting, even though he's got an impressive new screenwriter on his side. Deadline just announced that John Orlofff will be adapting the 1978 series to the screen.
Who is John Orloff? Did you ever hear of Band of Brothers? He wrote a couple episode of that, got an Emmy nomination for his trouble. He also wrote the scripts for such feature films as A Mighty Heart, The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and next week's new release Anonymous, which ironically has his name in the credits.
Battlestar Galactica would mark the second big project in Bryan Singer's future, after his upcoming action-fantasy film Jack the Giant Killer. If we were him, we'd consider making it our tenth or twelfth. It's not that a movie based on the original sci-fi series couldn't be awesome, but the newer series is still fresh in everyone's heads and, to an entire generation, has come to represent the Battlestar Galactica name far more than its predecessor.
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