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