Bryan Singer May Be Setting His Sights On 'Battlestar Galactica'

Bryan SingerAlways a latecomer to popular television shows (I’m a movie guy), I’ve only just begun watching the recently wrapped reboot series of “Battlestar Galactica.” And since I’m hooked, I am very excited that, according to HitFix, Bryan Singer has been approached by Universal to produce and possibly direct a “BSG” movie. Even if it has nothing to do with the show I’m currently watching, I’m interested in anything having to do with that world.

Obviously it helps that Singer is a talented filmmaker, and there’s something very intriguing about how a feature film not directly related to the recent series will factor into the franchise, which began with a short-lived TV show back in the late ‘70s. In the exclusive report from HitFix, Drew McWeeny mentions that Singer was previously involved with the property prior to Ronald Moore's signing on with SyFy (then SciFi), when plans for a “BSG” movie ceased after the September 11th attacks. McWeeny wonders if the ideas Singer had nearly a decade ago will be revisited for this new project.

This “BSG” movie is clearly the same one announced back in February, being written and produced by original series creator Glen A. Larson. So if Singer comes aboard, he may have to leave behind his earlier take on the story, which he had developed with producer Tom DeSanto (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). While Singer’s aim was to do a sequel to the original show, Larson’s idea seems to be more of a retelling of the series’ plot.

Actor Richard Hatch, who appears in both the original and the recent series, recently stated that he hopes Universal takes a cue from Paramount’s “Star Trek” reboot. Certainly everyone can agree that would be a good idea. Meanwhile, I guess once I’m done with the new series I should check out the old one to get more of an inkling of what this movie might be based on.

Are there any fans out there of the original “Battlestar Galactica” who would like to see the plot rebooted once again, this time in film form? Are there any fans of the newer series concerned that another reboot will confuse and potentially turn off prospective newcomers to the franchise?