Kevin Smith Won't Direct Battlestar Galactica After All

Okay, color me confused.

Remember the other day when Kevin Smith was all excited about getting to direct one of the last remaining episodes of Sci Fi's superlative drama Battlestar Galactica? Well, apparently, Smith won't be getting the chance to live his dream, after all.

SyFy Portal is reporting that, due to a "scheduling conflict," Smith won't be helming an episode of BSG anytime soon. (Or, well, ever, seeing as the series is sadly wrapping its run over the course of the next 20 or so episodes.)

According to SyFy:

Terry Moore, wife of showrunner Ronald D. Moore, told fans at the official SciFi Channel Web site that despite what he said during a recent interview with AOL, Smith of Clerks and Dogma fame will not take the director's chair for Battlestar Galactica.

"No he's not," Moore said in a post. "Scheduling conflict."

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Will the media be in an uproar?

"No, they probably won't," Moore said of SciFi Channel's publicity team having to counter this story. "Something like that only registers on message boards."

Um, maybe it's just me but I find that last comment a little condescending on Moore's part. Sure, the fanboy nation at large will possibly rend their clothes at this news, but I do think it was irresponsible of Smith to speak out in an interview and announce that he will be directing an episode, only to have Sci Fi unofficially recant the story a few days later. (It's called coordination of publicity.)

For those of you excited by the prospect of seeing the Clerks creator direct Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, and the rest of the crew of Battlestar Galactica, apologies. But, as I thought the directing choice was a little odd, I must admit that I do feel slightly better now.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.