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
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
“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
was a Star Wars knock-off that
lasted only one season (unless you count the crappy Galactica 1980 of course)
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