We’ve reported before that Bryan Singer still hasn’t given up hopes of filming his own take on Battlestar Galactica, even after his original plans were scuttled in the wake of 9/11 and the project eventually fell in Ron Moore’s lap. I haven’t been the most optimistic, especially since the reemergence of the plans first occurred while “Caprica” was still on the air, which seemed tacky. Superman Returns wasn’t encouraging either.
The project has brought on board writer John Orloff though, who wrote some for “Band of Brothers” and also the upcoming Anonymous. He did a bit of an interview with Hitfix and had this to say:
“I’m a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant on ‘Star Wars,’ you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool. And I think I’ve come up with a way to write this movie that won’t fuck any of that up. I’m not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let’s just say it’s not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done. I don’t think you can compete with what he’s done.
“I’m actually a science fiction geek more than anything. I just sort of got type cast as sort of a non-fiction screenwriter. That’s because the first thing I ever wrote was ‘Anonymous’ and then my first job was ‘Band of Brothers,’ and that led to ‘A Mighty Heart.’ But I’m a total ‘Star Wars’ geek. I was a huge ‘Star Trek’ nut. ‘2001’ is probably my favorite film. Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director; every movie is like a novel in the sense of the metaphoric depths of his thinking. And so my whole life I’ve always wanted to write a space epic. So to finally get a chance to write in the genre that I wanted to write basically forever is really cool.”
So, there’s a bit to look forward to there. He definitely gives the due hat tip to Ron Moore, and I love that he establishes some nerd space opera credentials. It is curious though that he seems to almost tie the planned story into the Ron Moore universe, which of course has led to the Internet speculation that this is going to be a prequel or an alternate universe sort of thing. My guess? It swirls around another couple of years, bumping from script to script and then ends up having no relation to anything that’s been rumored to date. And then the entire thing will be one big Christ metaphor.