Battlestar Galactica (TBA)

Director: Bryan Singer

U.S. Opening Date: TBA

It’s an idea so astoundingly stupid that when we first heard it we checked the calendar to make sure that it wasn’t April Fool’s Day!

It wasn’t. Unfortunately . . .

Universal Studios are planning to remake the original late-1970s Battlestar Galactica TV series and signed a deal with X-Men, Superman Returns director Bryan Singer to helm the remake.

But hasn’t there been a recent Battlestar Galactica “reimagining” which had a successful four season run (as planned) on the SyFi Channel? you’d ask quite reasonably I believe. Yup, but the keywords here are “remake” and “reimagining.” Whereas the SyFy Channel show successfully turned the basic concept behind the old cheesy TV show into something very different but also far, far better, the planned movie will be a straight-forward remake and not feature any of the 2000s TV series’ actors, characters or storylines. It will be a remake of the original plain and simple.

In the original series the Cylons – a race of warrior robots - were created by a now-extinct reptilian race (presumably killed off by their own creations). After a thousand year war with humanity, which lives on twelve planets in a distant star system, the Cylons are ready to make peace. But it turns out to be a ruse: the Cylons attack and wipe out the colonies with the help of a human traitor named Baltar. You know the rest from the closing narration: “Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest - for a shining planet known as Earth."

By the way, despite the opening narration ("There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, somewhere beyond the heavens.") all this supposedly took place in 1980 if the controversial (read: cack) Galactica 1980 TV series is anything to go by.

The irony is of course that the original Battlestar Galactica was a Star Wars knock-off that lasted only one season (unless you count the crappy Galactica 1980 of course) . . .



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