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.