Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica Movie May Have Its Writer Soon

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The original BSG was schlocky and only entertaining now in a nostalgic fashion. Not only did Ron Moore’s superb reinterpretation of the universe Glen Larson created surpass it, but also it’s been surpassed by your cousin’s Youtube video of last week’s backyard wrestling bout. Bryan Singer has already let everyone know that he’s on board to finally direct the film adaptation of the original series, and now the movie has a writer.

John Orloff is a longtime fan of BSG, and this job comes after working on the Roland Emmerich film Anonymous from Sony Pictures that deals with a scenario where maybe Shakespeare didn’t write his own works. Honestly Orloff’s pedigree leaves a bit to be desired in the sci-fi category. Or in general really, except for a couple Band of Brothers credits which piqued my interest, the guy has little to get old or new BSG fans excited.

An argument could be made for the relative obscurity of Ron Moore, who kind of came from left field onto the mainstream sci-fi scene. But he had a history dating back to The Next Generation, and included great work on groundbreaking series’ like Carnivale. John Orloff appears sincere in his love for BSG, but I’ll need to see a little more than a use of the word “frak” to convince me this movie is worth my time.

The only BSG film I’m interested in seeing – if there has to be one and I can’t cheat by just saying the mini-series – is one that rips off the idea in “33,” the premiere episode of the 2004 series. That single driving story of the never-ending chase was as thrilling and engaging a sci-fi story as you could hope for. If Orloff and Singer bring that, or the equivalent, I’ll sign up.

< a href=”http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention/posts/john-orloff-talks-his-new-exciting-gig-writing-bryan-singers-battlestar-galactica-reboot”>Hitfix caught up with Orloff during the publicity rounds for Anonymous and he had these cryptic words to say about his plans for the film:

I’m a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant onStar Wars, you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool.

And I think I’ve come up with a way to write this movie that won’t fuck any of that up. I’m not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let’s just say it’s not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done

Considering that there can’t be any connection to the updated series I’m not sure what he means. It sounds like he’s hyped for his own idea, and wants to ensure both sets of BSG fans are assuaged of any misgivings on the movie going forward.


  1. Sorry; Battlestar Galactica will never be the same without Lorne Greene…

  2. Diced McRibbons via Facebook says:

    There’s gonna be a BSG movie? Awesome!

  3. Diced McRibbons via Facebook says:

    You can’t tell a tree how to grow its roots..

  4. i like bsg but i find bryan singer attached to this project questionable

  5. NOOO!!!! Stop this travesty! Do we have no original ideas left in the world? If it’s not the 3rd retelling of spiderman in my lifetime it’s superman, batman etc etc. How about wait 30 years like the latest BSG so the theme can fit that generation. The story has been told. So say we all. 

  6. Martin Tucker via Facebook says:

    I wonder if the story’ll still have the cylon-borg-apollo theme… iirc…

  7. the horse is dead. leave it alone…

  8. The_libertyman says:

    Ya’ll need to stop praising Moore’s “interpretation” of BSG.  Despite all its “awards”, it was repleat with plot holes and story lines that we viewers simply couldn’t relate to  (such as worrying about “abortion rights” when you’re only 3 months from near annihilation).   The movie should include the relationship between Apollo and Adama (a KEY to the series), as it SHOULD touch on the role of Count Isblis on the motivation of the Cylons!   The original series had much better continuity between episodes and lent itself to a much deeper story line than that farce that poorly-written Ron Moore junk.  REAL sci-fi fans watched Moore’s BSG only by its kindred ties to BSG-78.   If you’re only a superficial Sci Fi fan, then I’m sure Moore’s scripts entertained you… but the plot holes and piss poor writing escaped your eye.

  9. MichaelL65 says:

    The only way I can see this working is if this tells the story of the First Cylon War. The RDM Reboot of BSG is an amazing work, and it would be sad to see it tarnished just because Universal wants to cash in on the name brand. Oh, and libertyman, you have no clue what the hell you are talking about.