Bryan Singer is Interested in a Battlestar Galactica Feature Film?
Hot damn! Now this is something I can get excited about, and I'm not even a big Battlestar Galactica fan! Our cohorts over at HitFix are reporting (from a source they don't reveal?) that Bryan Singer is nearing a deal with Universal to produce and possibly direct a brand new Battlestar Galactica feature film (that will go to theaters). The Ronald Moore TV series recently came to its conclusion back in March earlier this year, but much like Joss Whedon's Firefly, the fans of the show are very vocal and very large in number, therefore Universal has realized that there is still quite a bit of potential, which is where this all comes into play.
Back in 2001, Bryan Singer and producer Tom De Santo developed a Battlestar Galactica "sequel" to the original 1978 TV series that was less than three months from shooting before 9/11 shut it down and shelved the project forever. Three years later, Glen Larson and Ronald Moore delivered the SciFi Channel series that everyone is now familiar with. But apparently Singer is back in development, not yet signed, but interested in working on a new Battlestar Galactica movie to follow the immensely successful TV series. SyFy is already developing "Caprica" as a spin-off, but why not turn this into Star Trek and make movies, too?
HitFix doesn't really say anything else. I don't know enough about either of the TV shows (Brandon is our resident Galactica fan), so I can't speak to how they could develop a movie that would mesh with the story being presented in "Caprica" (which takes place 58 years before the events of the last series). Of course, HitFix has some good links (like this one about Singer/De Santo's original version) and Ain't It Cool News has some good theories as well, so I'll point you to either of those sites. Singer has other projects on his slate, but this seems like something he could jump onto next. And I, for one, would love to see it happen!
Update: Great news! This has been confirmed, and not only is Bryan Singer producing, but Universal says he is officially directing this as well. Entertainment Weekly was one of the first sites to confirm this with Universal. And now both Variety and Hollywood Reporter are reporting it as well. "There is no script for the new Galactica, though insiders have said the feature is to be a complete reimaginging and will stand separately." Sounds like things are moving forward quite quickly, as Universal acquired the movie rights in February and have been waiting to make this announcement until now once Singer was fully attached.