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Science Fiction Thursday: "Battlestar Galactica", "Star Wars" Sets Consumed

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 10, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 10, 2014 |

So back in the day, Brian Singer planned to make a film version of Battlestar Galactica. This was before Ron Moore and his gorgeous mane of hair turned it from a cheesy seventies crossbreed of Star Wars and Mormonism into space opera so dark it has its own entry in the latest DSM. Before the show was even cold, Singer started hinting that now he was finally going to get to do the project that he’d wanted to do. It went over about as well as your uncle hitting on your mom at your dad’s funeral.

Now that an appropriate amount of time has passed though, the idea is not totally offensive, at least in principle. Of course, Glen Larson, show runner of the original series has been tapped as producer and the proposed film is described as “a complete reimagining of the story”. This thing is so going to churn through twelve writers and six directors over a seven year period of development hell.

Next up, the original sets of Tatooine from Star Wars are being eaten by sand dunes in Tunisia, and there is an effort to raise money to save them. First of all, come on George Lucas, seriously? When you wrapped, you just abandoned all the sets in the desert? Take nothing but footprints, and leave nothing but footprints, preferably in single file to hide your numbers.

But this is important to note: the sets from the original Star Wars were saved last year, these are the sets from Phantom Menace, so eh, devoured by sand dunes is probably too good for them.

Finally, I try to include something from the world of books in here every week, but this week it’s difficult. Not much new has come out for the last few weeks. This is because it’s a deadzone since just about every science fiction or fantasy author with a pulse has a book coming out this summer. So we got that going for us. In the meantime, I just finished up several of Brandon Sanderson’s shorter books after devouring Words of Radiance in about three days. He writes so fast that it is patently unfair, and likely a violation of international law.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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