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Bryan Singer puts Anonymous writer to work on Battlestar Galactica movie

10.21.2011by:

I thought it was just some weird dream I had that Bryan Singer was making a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA movie that had nothing to do with the recent sci-fi series.

But no, that’s actually happening, and now moving forward as Singer has enlisted writer John Orloff to start scripting it. He recently penned ANONYMOUS, which is getting good reviews so far, although it has just been downgraded to a limited release.

This is passion project for both Singer and Orloff, and the writer explains how pumped he is to write this movie.

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

I don’t know, this seems like a recipe for trouble to me. There is literally nothing that can be done that will not piss off a legion of fanboys, whether it’s changed too much (the series was better!) or not enough (this is a rip-off!). Dangerous waters indeed.

Source: Deadline

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10:34PM on 10/24/2011

this is a good idea because...

1) when I was seven, I wanted STAR WARS on TV each week.. when i was ten years old... THAT HAPPENED!!
2) you say Battlestar Galactica sucked? no, it did not because even at ELEVEN years old, I could tell you if a show sucked or didnt suck, that all my friends and i knew Galactica 1980 was stupid...to a ten year old, the original Battlestar Galactica did NOT suck...the writing did start to badly deteriorate towards the end of its first (and only) season.. but we continued watching... and we
1) when I was seven, I wanted STAR WARS on TV each week.. when i was ten years old... THAT HAPPENED!!
2) you say Battlestar Galactica sucked? no, it did not because even at ELEVEN years old, I could tell you if a show sucked or didnt suck, that all my friends and i knew Galactica 1980 was stupid...to a ten year old, the original Battlestar Galactica did NOT suck...the writing did start to badly deteriorate towards the end of its first (and only) season.. but we continued watching... and we knew '1980 was pure shit on a stick.
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10:24AM on 10/23/2011
singer said a few months back that if he did another superman, he would go back to the origin story.
i guess someone like singer goes jumping from one project to another across genres and does not relate to the repetitive repeato thing that audiences seem to duh notice since they are on the receiving end of it.
singer said a few months back that if he did another superman, he would go back to the origin story.
i guess someone like singer goes jumping from one project to another across genres and does not relate to the repetitive repeato thing that audiences seem to duh notice since they are on the receiving end of it.
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7:57AM on 10/23/2011
Another lackluster Hollywood idea. The SyFy BSG is one of the great series of television and the need to re do the universe for a 3rd time now is just completely unnecessary.
Another lackluster Hollywood idea. The SyFy BSG is one of the great series of television and the need to re do the universe for a 3rd time now is just completely unnecessary.
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3:47AM on 10/23/2011

hey the classic BSG was GREAT

for those of us that watched and realized that the remake drifted FAR and away from the classic story and characters, this attempts to appease some BSG fans with a big screen movie, if they do it correctly: whats wrong with that? the character of BOXY and the robot dog Daggit was completely missing from the 2003 series at the fans request... hell people REALLY? must we listen to you bitch when a movie hasnt even been WRITTEN yet? Let them DO a BSG movie... no harm in that one.
for those of us that watched and realized that the remake drifted FAR and away from the classic story and characters, this attempts to appease some BSG fans with a big screen movie, if they do it correctly: whats wrong with that? the character of BOXY and the robot dog Daggit was completely missing from the 2003 series at the fans request... hell people REALLY? must we listen to you bitch when a movie hasnt even been WRITTEN yet? Let them DO a BSG movie... no harm in that one.
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8:48PM on 10/23/2011
What was great about it exactly? The 2 dimensional characters and dated cheesiness? The overt Mormon undertones? The fact that it was blatantly riding the coattails of Star Wars, right down to ripping off the dogfights scene for scene? It's not just the fact that he's trying to remake something which was already perfected in a superior storytelling format what seems like only yesterday. It's the fact that he's forging ahead with this doomed to failure project, once again continuing the trend of
What was great about it exactly? The 2 dimensional characters and dated cheesiness? The overt Mormon undertones? The fact that it was blatantly riding the coattails of Star Wars, right down to ripping off the dogfights scene for scene? It's not just the fact that he's trying to remake something which was already perfected in a superior storytelling format what seems like only yesterday. It's the fact that he's forging ahead with this doomed to failure project, once again continuing the trend of Hollywood cannibalizing itself with unoriginal properties and tying up funding that could've went to something new.
9:37AM on 10/24/2011
What was great about Moore's Galactica, exactly? The overt War on Terror allegory that dates it immediately, never mind thirty years later? The cheesy "God and his magic angels" revelations? Is that somehow less ridiculous than the "overt Mormon undertones" of the original? The risible and pointless decision to "reimagine" characters as sexy-sexy females and marketing the entire property around Tricia Helfer's cleavage? The "ripping off" of the 'Star Wars' dogfights, just like a majority of
What was great about Moore's Galactica, exactly? The overt War on Terror allegory that dates it immediately, never mind thirty years later? The cheesy "God and his magic angels" revelations? Is that somehow less ridiculous than the "overt Mormon undertones" of the original? The risible and pointless decision to "reimagine" characters as sexy-sexy females and marketing the entire property around Tricia Helfer's cleavage? The "ripping off" of the 'Star Wars' dogfights, just like a majority of sci-fi series that have been made since '77? At least the original BSG did it in the immediate wake of 'Star Wars' - couldn't Moore come up with something more original in the thirty years since then?

It's ironic that you'd accuse this in-development version of BSG as "Hollywood cannibalizing itself with unoriginal properties" while appearing to be a big fan of a series that was a cannibalized, unoriginal property in itself!
12:22PM on 10/24/2011
Well, that's the thing about allegories, they don't GET dated. Now if it was a period piece, that'd be a different story, but it was merely borrowing themes from the headlines and incorporating them into the drama like most good literature does. I'll admit I wasn't crazy about the whole god angle, but it made for some compelling television and was used as a clever narrative device in order to dissect religious zealotry. And the fact that they cast females in roles that were formerly males was a
Well, that's the thing about allegories, they don't GET dated. Now if it was a period piece, that'd be a different story, but it was merely borrowing themes from the headlines and incorporating them into the drama like most good literature does. I'll admit I wasn't crazy about the whole god angle, but it made for some compelling television and was used as a clever narrative device in order to dissect religious zealotry. And the fact that they cast females in roles that were formerly males was a way to actually make the show relatable to modern audiences. That they happened to be good looking and used as a marketing strategy is de rigueur in the industry and is kind of ridiculous to point out. And how exactly is ripping something off directly in the wake of a massive hit better then doing it years down the line. Unlike the original, Moore and company didn't employ a shot for shot swipe of the dogfights, instead they used a grittier aesthetic to give the audience a more fly-on-the-wall perspective.

And how pre-tell is reimagining some dust covered relic which no one gave a rats ass about considered cannibalizing? The property that was long forgotten but had some potential to be something actually good, so they used it, thus reintroducing it into the pop culture landscape but with now with a mainstream acceptance and high brow cachet that the former could never dream of. So now that it's beloved by a whole new generation, it seems kind of RETARDED to go and try to reboot the franchise as if this massive cultural phenomena did not just transpire a few years prior.
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1:12AM on 10/23/2011
Anonymous writer? Why doesn't Bryan Singer want us to know who is writing this movie?!!? I demand to know!
Anonymous writer? Why doesn't Bryan Singer want us to know who is writing this movie?!!? I demand to know!
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3:49AM on 10/23/2011
its john orloff... he WROTE "Anonymous"
its john orloff... he WROTE "Anonymous"
3:48PM on 10/23/2011
It's a joke... you're SUPPOSED to laugh.
It's a joke... you're SUPPOSED to laugh.
4:53PM on 10/23/2011
I see what you did there.
I see what you did there.
1:01PM on 10/22/2011
Actually, Singer and Desanto were working on a BSG Continuation in 2001 with Fox which 9/11 put the kibosh on.
It was them that Moore and Eick co-opted the project with their forgotten soap opera re-imagining.
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My guess now is though, that they're going to do a reboot ala Star Trek.
Actually, Singer and Desanto were working on a BSG Continuation in 2001 with Fox which 9/11 put the kibosh on.
It was them that Moore and Eick co-opted the project with their forgotten soap opera re-imagining.
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My guess now is though, that they're going to do a reboot ala Star Trek.
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9:06PM on 10/23/2011
I remember hearing about that way back when. Then I saw Superman Returns around the same time I discovered the BSG remake. Immediately I thankied the gods that his plans never panned out and this hacky closet case would never get the opportunity to pay another 'homage' to some relic which really didn't deserve the recognition. Boy was I wrong. Me and common sense.
I remember hearing about that way back when. Then I saw Superman Returns around the same time I discovered the BSG remake. Immediately I thankied the gods that his plans never panned out and this hacky closet case would never get the opportunity to pay another 'homage' to some relic which really didn't deserve the recognition. Boy was I wrong. Me and common sense.
6:24AM on 10/22/2011
"whether itís changed too much (the series was better!)or not enough (this is a rip-off!)"
Seems rather fitting, considering how much the recent series was changed from the original 'Battlestar Galactica' and how much of its premise was a rip-off of 'Space: Above and Beyond'.
I'm all for armoured Cylon centurions over sexy fembots in disguise.
"whether itís changed too much (the series was better!)or not enough (this is a rip-off!)"
Seems rather fitting, considering how much the recent series was changed from the original 'Battlestar Galactica' and how much of its premise was a rip-off of 'Space: Above and Beyond'.
I'm all for armoured Cylon centurions over sexy fembots in disguise.
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2:16PM on 10/21/2011
I have not liked one single damn movie directed by Singer. X-Men 1 and 2, Superman Returns, and The Usual Suspects were garbage across the board. Should I bother watching Apt Pupil and/or Valkyrie?
I have not liked one single damn movie directed by Singer. X-Men 1 and 2, Superman Returns, and The Usual Suspects were garbage across the board. Should I bother watching Apt Pupil and/or Valkyrie?
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1:54PM on 10/21/2011
Well, despite Singer, nice to see this franshice being made to a movie.
Well, despite Singer, nice to see this franshice being made to a movie.
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1:41PM on 10/21/2011

Great

Now Singer can ruin yet another franchise....
Now Singer can ruin yet another franchise....
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1:33PM on 10/21/2011

I thought it was some just weird dream..

and then I came.

Nice extra tidbit
and then I came.

Nice extra tidbit
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1:15PM on 10/21/2011

Oh Bryan

Maybe he should pull his head out of his ass and come back to the harsh reality where he hasn't had a good idea or been relevant in nearly a decade.
Maybe he should pull his head out of his ass and come back to the harsh reality where he hasn't had a good idea or been relevant in nearly a decade.
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1:08PM on 10/21/2011

Why

Why is this being made. Did Singer miss Ronald D. Moore's BSG? A little late to the game Singer, as usual.....
Why is this being made. Did Singer miss Ronald D. Moore's BSG? A little late to the game Singer, as usual.....
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