Bryan Singer's 'Battlestar Galactica' Getting Life After 'Excalibur' Dies

October 17, 2011
Source: SFX

Battlestar Galactica

It's been over two years since we last heard that X-Men director Bryan Singer would be at the helm of a new take on the 1981 epic Excalibur, but now we know why. Speaking with SFX (via The Playlist), the director says the film just isn't happening despite his enthusiasm for the project. The filmmaker hoped to take on the project following Jack the Giant Killer, but Warner Bros. has opted to go with Arthur & Lancelot instead. But Singer's loss might be to the advantage of certain sci-fi fans out there as this means the director has been working on his Battlestar Galactica movie that also happened to surface a couple years back.

Here's what Singer had to say:

"The project was with Warner Bros and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of 'Excalibur' ended up being negated. ut, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing 'Battlestar Galactica' – which I think will be really exciting.”

Unfortunately, he didn't give anymore details on just how soon we might see another big screen version of the popular sci-fi property. 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. Since then the property was revived into a popular miniseries, followed by a couple successful TV series, and now we've gone full circle with Singer's big screen take back in the mix. Personally, I'd love to see what Singer does with the mythology now more than ever.

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  • Sorry, I just can't get behind this.  The Syfy reboot from '04 - '08 was so brilliant, so beautiful, so genius... there's no way that Singer can make a two hour film dream to reaching anything NEAR that.
    • Jericho
      unless have it take place now and Galactica never made it to the sun..or overshot it and came back with the Cylon appearing to take us on, make it like an American Space BattleShip Yamato......
    • Singular
      Unless you look at how Syfy's BSG was all the survivors milling about the same space not doing anything to find Earth until the finale episode. So get the pilot and the finale and eliminate everything in the middle and you have a feature length movie.
      • Wow.  I'm... kind of doubting you actually watched the show.
    • Craig
      If the last season hadn't been a total train wreck, I might share your opinion. But since it was, I remain very open to seeing Singer's interpretation.
  • Singular
    Hated the Syfy channel's version. Singer will most likely do a better job.
    • It's largely regarded as one of the best shows to have aired in the last decade.
      • Jules
        I'm with John, to say you hated that version simply means you couldn't have watched it all, it blows the earlier version out of the water and then some.
  • ChrisBatty
    Syfy's BSG was epic up until Season 3, episode 4.  Bryan Singer is such a hack. He couldn't do the X-Men right. Failed with Superman. And now he wants to screw with BSG? PASS. 
    • Blah
      I couldn't agree with  you more! I was just thinking that. Second half of season 03 was such an endless boring crap...  :( 
    • shawn anderson
      I dont remember the exact details, but the low part of the show was due to syfy pressure of some sort to create more self contained episodes. Then there was the reaction and backlash so they were able back away from those types of episodes
  • Rivas En
    I can't possibly see what sort of story can be told in a 2 hour theatrical version  of this material or the original 70's version. let alone, one that would be satisfying as the show was. All the great stories are about the tragedy of a character. Star wars was about the tragedy of Annakin Skywalker, Lord of the Rings is the tragedy of Frodo Baggins. BSG was about the tragedy of Adama. The two hour movie would be about blowing stuff up!?!?! pass. 




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