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Archive for November 14th, 2009

New Battlestar Galactica Movie in Production Based on 1978 Story. Glen Larson to Produce, Bryan Singer to Direct.

Posted by iusbvision on November 14, 2009

I have been waiting for this for a long time and the timing of such a film, for release in 2011, could not be better timed as Battlestar Galactica came out in 1978 and Star Wars came out in 1977.

Glen Larson to produce

The legendary Glen Larson who brought us the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, the Six Million Dollar Man and who was also a consulting producer in the popular 2004-2009 “re-imagined” BSG television series on the sci-fi network is in charge and is producing the new film.

Battlestar Galactica 1978 won many awards and enjoys a large cult following to this day. It was the first television series to break the cost of $1 million per episode. The problem is that the stories being told were too ambitious for the technology at the time and the cost overruns and shortcuts they took to save money plagued the series. Larson began working on the story in 1968.

The thing that made the original Battlestar series work were compelling characters and truly great stories that showed some philosophical depth much like Star Trek The Original Series.  Some episodes of the 1978 series were a tad campy, but so was everything else made at the time. Larson has shown in his affiliation with the “re-imagined” BSG series that he can be as edgy and intense as anyone so worries about a campy new movie in my view are unfounded.

With that said, the “re-imagined” had some flaws and was targeted to a very specific demographic. It is likely that Larson is very much aware of it seeing that he refused (according to some press reports) to let the people in charge of the “re-imagined BSG” have his movie rights.

The problem with the re-imagined BSG series

The re-imagined series lost its nobility and the people (especially the male characters) were so over the top flawed, emasculated, and indecisive that I often lost suspension of disbelief while watching.

To be blunt, the characters in “re-imagined” are so west coast university pop culture overly feminized and flawed that, in spite of good acting performances by the actors, after a while I just stopped liking them and certainly did not admire them. The “culture” of “re-imagined” was all wrong.

Perhaps “re-imagined” was meant to be a reflection of today’s flawed “emo” pop culture rather than an example of the best of our own. While the eye candy “re-imagined” was inspiring the story sub plots were less and less so and at times smacked of a bad soap opera.  I was pushing myself to watch it and as the second season went onto the third I just couldn’t watch it any more.

I hope that Glen Larson does his legacy justice with this new film and creates something that is more philosophically deep rather than psychologically in need of a good therapist.

Bryan Singer to Direct

Bryan Singer has had some real hits including the super popular House series, X-Men and X-Men II. Singer also had some royal flops like the abysmal Superman Returns. Singer’s big mistake in Superman Returns is that he didn’t understand the culture of the franchise.  This is where Singer has to make certain that he does  not get a BSG movie wrong.

Singer is quoted as saying that he “likes working on science fiction films because they teach the audience about mankind” which is certainly a step in the right direction. Perhaps Singer can find some excellent writers that can accomplish what Ira Behr did in the Star Trek franchise with Deep Space Nine which provided more depth to the Star Trek Universe.

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