Coasting on the excitement from the Star Trek reboot and Ronald D. Moore's series, the rumored Battlestar Galactica movie may get greenlit by Universal... with Bryan Singer directing. But is it possible to have two well-made reboots so close together?
Hitfix is reporting that the rumored BSG movie is getting the go-ahead — and Singer, who tried to reboot the TV series back in 2001 with producer Tom DeSanto — is rumored to direct. According to DeSanto, the Sept. 11 attacks gave Universal cold feet about going forward with the dark Singer/DeSanto reboot, but now they may be getting a second crack at the property.
But here's the kicker, what do you do when a dark BSG reboot has already been executed by another creator, garnering love from critics and loyal fanbase, but never "successful" in terms of viewership. Do you take ideas created by RDM and company to appease fans, or go back to the original source material and start over?
Hitfix seems to believe it's still all up in the air saying:
Right now, my sources indicate that the big decisions haven't been made yet. Singer is the first major creative element to be approached, so once they sign him, they'll go find a writer and they'll figure out exactly which story they're telling. It seems like he'd want to get back to the ideas he originally loved about the piece, but since that was developed with another studio, I'm not sure that would work.
AICN reports that the Singer screenplay (pre-RDM) was about "genocidal Cylons [that] were secretly taking their marching orders from humans." (You can read our detailed description of the screenplay, from last year's Comic Con, here.)
The real question seems to be: would you be interested in a BSG without Six and her red dress? Are you prepared to accept Cylons that can only look like killer robots?