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Singer's Battlestar Galactica writer promises something new

Battlestar.jpgReading the article about the announcement of the writer for Bryan Singer's new Battlestar Galactica film you're aware of the wording of one of the comments he makes about the new film, a film that is being kept very secret at the moment.

He says something that indicates which way this film will be headed, and remember we've had the entertainment style of the original seventies series, then the Ronald D. Moore version recently which was a superb modern and intelligent take on the story, so what does that leave Singer's version?

Well I had just written about that and was wondering where it would go, would it follow on from the recent television series or try and remake the story again? Well I think we have our answer, and it's a bold answer at that.

John Orloff is the man who will write the screenplay for Battlestar Galactica, at least this version as we have no idea how many writers it will go through before we see it, and if we see it. That's not singling out this film by the way, we just know the process by now and it's not always an easy one.

Anyway, according to the L.A. Times Hero Complex, Orloff, who wrote Anonymous, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, A Might Heart and two episodes of Band of Brothers, has been talking about the script:

"Don't worry, I'm not gonna frak it up...I have a pretty radical take."

That's it, that's all he had to say about it and wouldn't comment on whether the film would update the original television series, continue on in the universe that Ronald D. Moore created with his Battlestar Galactica, or find it's own path, however his comments certainly do point one way.

"I have a pretty radical take" suggests that they aren't going on a safe, already been there route, and it sounds as though they're going to shake it up as much as Moore did for his version.

There have been rumours before that Bryan Singer would go back to the original television version and do something from there, and with a radical take on it we could end up anywhere. What could be store?

The original series of Battlestar Galactica was about a group of humans who had fled their planet before it was destroyed, aboard a group of space vessels they are protected by the remaining Battlestar, Galactica. The Battlestar protects the fleet from the pursuing Cylons, a race of artificially intelligent robots who are intent on destroying all of humanity. Meanwhile the fleet are on the constant search for a legendary planet called Earth, somewhere where they can resettle and being to rebuild.

It's a great series and Moore reworked it in a fantastic way, delivering an amazing story that replaced the original, so to me it seems bizarre that Singer is intent on returning to the original and telling another story so soon. That is, unless he has something very clever up his sleeve and the comments from Orloff suggest just that. In fact through Deadline he says even more that points to the fact that they are going to the original and not Moore's work:

"I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs...I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up."

Mind you, the very fact he used the word "frak" points to the latest series, but his love is for the original there. I don't know, which way will it go?



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