Galactica: Take 313 Aug, 2009 By: John Latchem
The latest "Battlestar Galactica" series just wrapped up, and already Universal is planning yet another reimagining of the franchise.
Bryan Singer has been tapped to direct a third version of the sci-fi epic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The core storyline of the franchise involves 12 colony planets of humans being wiped out by an evil robot race called the Cylons, forcing the survivors to flee in spaceships on a quest to find a mythical 13th colony, called Earth.
The original "Battlestar" ran from 1978-79 and was among the most expensive TV series made up to that point, which was a prime factor in its cancelation after one season, despite decent ratings. A cheaper version of the show, "Galactica 1980" debuted a year later and is widely considered among the worst TV series ever made.
Ron Moore spearheaded a retooled version of the premise in 2003, which led to a four-season series that ended just a few months ago. But the saga he began is still ongoing, with the spinoff movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan hitting DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 27, and the prequel series "Caprica" premiering on Syfy next year.
Moore's show built up quite a following (despite some misgivings about the finale), so Universal's attempt to cash in with a big-screen version makes sense. The timing may be a little soon, especially if Singer's version is going to be yet another reimagining, which might be a bit confusing to some fans. But since there's no script yet, the movie probably wouldn't hit theaters until at least 2012, by which time "Caprica" may or may not still be on the air.
Still, sci-fi fans aren't the most forgiving sort when it comes to remakes. There is still a contingent of original series fans who hate the Moore version.
And just look at the venom spewed when the announcement hit the Internet that a remake of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" without Joss Whedon was in the works.
Singer, who was originally attached to the project that eventually became Moore's "Battlestar," is a competent director who has shown a flair for genre projects, but I hope this re-imagining goes better than his last one. Superman Returns was so poorly done it actually made me yearn for Superman III.