Bryan Singer To Direct ‘Battlestar Galactica: The Movie’

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More great movie news to pass along today … just because Battlestar Galactica ended its series run this year doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the show. As some of you may be well aware, a BSG TV movie titled The Plan is scheduled to air on SyFy later on this year and a prequel series called Caprica will air on the network next year. BUT, the big news is that Battlestar Galactica is coming to the big screen … and it’s going to be directed by Bryan Singer. Meh. That may not be the best news ever but a BSG movie is sure to rule!


Universal Pictures has set Bryan Singer to direct and produce a feature version of “Battlestar Galactica.” It’s not clear whether Ronald Moore, exec producer of the recent series, will be invited to write the screenplay, but Singer will clearly put his own creative stamp on the project, as the studio indicates that the film will be “a complete reimagination.” Glen Larson is aboard to produce. The original version of the series ran for two seasons on ABC beginning in 1978. Singer had long been intrigued with “Galactica” and flirted with relaunching it into a TV series right after he directed the original “X-Men” (Daily Variety, Feb. 22, 2001). At the time, he was teamed to exec produce the series with Tom DeSanto and to direct the pilot of the new version. The director got busy on other projects, but he was prescient, at the time calling the Galactica brand “a sleeping giant.” Moore became the executive producer of the 73-episode series, which had a successful run on the then-Sci Fi Channel starting in 2004.

Woot! This is frakkin’ amazing news. To be honest, I’m surprised that a BSG movie hasn’t been made before now. The series was such a huge hit and it is RIPE for the big screen. It was rumored that Singer was planning to return to the X-Men fold to direct another movie (a spin-off that was to be focused on the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning titled X-Men: First Class) but it looks like he’s decided to take on Battlestar instead. I suppose Bryan Singer is a good director but he’s not my fave. I’d love someone like David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) to make a BSG movie but … I’ll take what I can get. You know, in a movie … there can be more incidents of nudity than a TV show allows. I’m just puttin’ that out there ;)

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  • Janelle

    Trent, you frakkin’ ROCK!

  • Krissy

    I think Bryan is a great director. He has done amazing smaller films, so he understands character development (Apt Pupil, Usual Suspects), but he also has made fantastic action movies (X Men II, Superman Returns). I think he will have the right balance to give it action and depth…with out it turning into Transformers or something.

  • Arielle

    I hope Jamie Bamber is in the movie for some of that nudity you were speaking of!!

  • Katie

    I am so not down with this! I think it sucks that it is going to be “a complete reimagination”. The most recent series was so great…BOO!

  • Mattr

    This will be a re-imagining of the ORIGINAL Series from 1978, not the continuation of the most recent series that ran from 2003-2009. Don’t expect to see Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackoff, Mary McDonald, or Edward James Olmos. The Battlestar project Singer was originally attached to was a continuation of the original series; when 9-11 happened Universal put it on hold (you know, the whole apocalypse theme and all). Singer moved on to other projects and Universal appointed Ron D. Moore to take over. Ron Moore rewrote the project into what we have seen in the new Series. Glenn Larson (the original creator) hated the new series and has been doing everything to get his version back, including working with Singer on the this movie. Rest assured this movie will not be cool or dramatic like the recent Battlestar. it will be a high camp Mormon history lesson like the original series was.

  • Wes

    Ugh. No. Ron Moore’s version was brilliant. I don’t need to see some lame remake of the original series.