Over two years ago, Bryan Singer was circling a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series Battlestar Galactica with John Orloff (Anonymous) set to write the script. For those unfamiliar with Battlestar Galactica, it centers on a war between humanity and a race of machines called “Cylons”. Since 2011, word on the film has gone quiet, Singer has moved on, and it looked like Ronald D. Moore and David Eick‘s excellent Sci-Fi series would be the only adaptation. However, Variety is reporting that you can’t keep a good cylon down, and that Universal has brought on Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the screenplay. Original series creator Glen Larson is still on board to produce.
Since I’m a big fan of Moore/Eick’s adaptation, I’m obviously a little skeptical of a movie. But Battlestar is a premise with a lot of potential, and since I haven’t seen Transcendence, I have no frame of reference on Paglen’s work (he’s also attached to write the sequel for Prometheus). Hopefully, he’ll have an interesting take on the material, and Universal will hire a good director to bring the script to life. Hit the jump to see the opening credits for the original Battlestar Galactica series and the remake.