Friday, October 21, 2011

Re-Imagining Battlestar Galactica-Again

A writer has finally been hired for the much anticipated big screen adaptation of Battlestar Galactica, which will be directed by fan-favorite Bryan Singer.

John Orloff, author of the now playing "Anonymous" and a writer on "A Mighty Heart" and “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” has already said he has a "radical take" on the Battlestar Galactica legend. What this means exactly is anyone's guess as the details of the project are being kept under wraps. Suffice to say, after the original 1970's version, the SyFy channel adaptation took the franchise into heretofore unchartered territory, namely much, much darker, sinister and depressing. Any re-imagined concept which attempts to go darker will have to present us with something akin to "The Day After" if it goes much further.

Orloff has some solid credentials as a writer. His previous work was quality story telling, so I am certain he would like to put his own personal stamp on the BG franchise. But forcing these characters into ever bleaker situations does little for the fans who prefer to see their heroes alive and kicking at the end.

Just a thought: Do you prefer happy endings over bleak ones?

A long time “Battlestar” fan, Orloff has an eclectic background as a writer — he first wrote “Anonymous” over a decade ago. Though it didn’t get made at the time (another little Bard movie called “Shakespeare in Love” beat it to theaters), Orloff’s script earned him a gig on Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ World War II HBO series “Band of Brothers.” He went on to write “A Mighty Heart,” the Angelina Jolie movie about journalist Daniel Pearl, and Zack Snyder’s “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.”
Orloff declined to elaborate on the project and would not specify whether the new film would update the original TV series or take off from Moore’s universe. Previous reports suggested that Singer’s movie would “reimagine” the former, which was produced by Glen Larson and starred Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch as hotshot pilots Starbuck and Apollo and Lorne Greene as Cmdr. Adama.

Click here to read more about Orloff's plans for Battlestar Galactica.

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