Bryan Singer Says Death of EXCALIBUR Has Allowed Him to Focus on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

     October 17, 2011


Because folks apparently can’t get enough of Arthurian legend (aside from the tanking of King Arthur and other sword-and-sorcery flicks), Warner Bros. was previously developing two movies set in the sub-genre.  There was Bryan Singer’s Excalibur and Guy Ritchie’s Excalibur, but then WB killed both projects in favor of David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, which is due to start filming in January for a March 15, 2013 release.  However, Bryan Singer isn’t too broken up about the loss of his Excalibur.  He has plenty of other projects in the pipeline and he says the death of Excalibur has allowed him to turn his attention to the feature film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica.

Hit the jump for what Singer had to say about why his Excalibur died and how he’ll be moving on to Battlestar Galactica.  Singer’s next film, Jack the Giant Killer (a blockbuster adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk), is set to open in 3D on June 15, 2012.

battlestar-galactica-homeless-cylonHere’s what Singer told SFX [via The Playlist] about Excalibur and Battlestar Galactica:

“Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen,” he says. “I was really enthused to do it. I’m a fan of John Boorman’s movie and it was my intention to get it going after Jack The Giant Killer was completed. The project was with Warner Bros and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of Excalibur ended up being negated. But, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing Battlestar Galactica – which I think will be really exciting.”

The Battlestar Galactica thing may be confusing to some since there are multiple versions: the original 1978 show, a sequel TV series in 1980, and then the superior 2003 remake, which then had the short-lived prequel series Caprica.  From what we know, it looks like Singer’s version will call back to the 1978 version.  That’s a tricky proposition since the 2003 version is the most popular of the BSG franchise, and non-geeks may need to be reminded that it wasn’t the original. But that’s a marketing problem, and I’m curious to hear more details on what Singer has planned for his movie.


  • JLC

    As long as it has some little guy running around in a robot dog suit, I’m in. Big missed opportunity in the Ron Moore reboot there.

    • shasplim

      Believe it or not, it was a monkey in the robot dog costume.

      • JLC

        Even better. You can’t tell me CGI can improve on a monkey in a robot dog costume. It’s not possible.

  • Jack

    Matt, Jack the Giant-Killer is a fable of its own, it is not Jack and the Beanstalk.

  • Mephisto

    The 1978 version may not have the deeper story telling of the 2003 version, in any case at least the 1978 version is a world we would all want to live in.

    2003 version looks like the inside of a garbage can. Seriously who would want to be on that 2003-ship.

    The idea of blockbusters is that they are worlds we would like to live in: Such as Star Trek, Tron, Star Wars and etc. Battle Star 2003 was a well written show, there’s no denying that. 2003 version is not suitable for multiple viewings. Once was positively good and that’s it. If it had ripped off the more awesome and fun look of Star Wars like the original did than it would be more tolerable.

    • Domm

      This may be the most stupid thing I have ever read. You think people won’t want to see a movie because it isn’t a Utopia? Wall-E, Children of Men, V for Vendetta, many many more.

      • Leo

        He didn’t say, “Utopia.” He said a world we would want to be in. Starship Troopers is not a Utopia. But, it looks cool. That’s what he is referring to. I’m on the same page that the reboot of BSG looks like the inside of a toilet that was never cleaned. You’re the real imbecile Domm.

      • Roast Beast

        Dear god, how idiotic.

        “If it had ripped off the more awesome and fun look of Star Wars like the original did than it would be more tolerable.”

        You seem like a very, very boring person. Hi, Im Domm, I want the same thing over and over again. Non-idealized futures scare me.

    • wtff

      “If it had ripped off the more awesome and fun look of Star Wars like the original did than it would be more tolerable”

      Yes, in this endless world of remakes, sequels, prequels, etc, let’s have a little LESS originality. Bravo. What made the original BSG designs terrible was the fact that they were so obviously ripped off from Star Wars in an effort to capitalise on their success, only the BSG designs were more forgettable.
      Heck, look at the inside of the Millennium Falcon, with it switches, wires, ducts and conduits all haphazardly running all over the place, and tell me that that’s the sort of futuristic look that is so drastically different to what’s in BSG. Perhaps you’d be happier if every ship in BSG was coloured grey and looked to be constructed out of lego blocks?

      And really, who actually gives a crap about the aesthetic design of the set/ship? It’s the drama that you tune in to see. I don’t see how anyone could be so distracted by the quality of ship’s interior. It made sense in the story too given that the rebooted Galactica was already a 50+ year old ship on the cusp of being decommissioned because it was old.


  • bradpitti

    Please don’t do this to us. Ronald D. Moores BSG was (with all it’s flaws) a masterpiece. I really miss the actors and even more the characters, the gritty look and feel – the story telling with all it’s twists and the effects. The series could have run one more season or even better instead of running into a dead end with caprica or even blood and chrome RDM should have take it to a trilogies big movie adventure – rebooted right there the re-imagining for an audience who never watched the show. It would have beensointersting to watch BSG with the post”post 9/11″ vibe. RDM it’s sad you invested the best of you with the greatest crew into something that at the end brought to a sudden death. There was enough life left. And now we are left with Mainstream Star Wars Battlestar? This aint gonna work! I Love singers

  • bradpitti

    Work apart of superman and valkyre but please nö new BSG ! HAS anbody Seen Ronald D Moore????