Fear and Loathing for Battlestar Galactica: The Movie
Humans have an unfortunate tendency to trumpet opinions without waiting until they have all the relevant facts. This is basically why the internet was invented. Still, with that reality in mind -- along with a hopeful eagerness to remain guarded in our opinions -- we would like to say that Bryan Singer's just-announced reboot of Battlestar Galactica is probably going to suck.
Announced on Friday, Singer and original series creator Glen Larson are teaming up to make a Battlestar Galactica movie that, per Variety, the studio is calling a "complete reimagination." It's also not clear if the project will include Ronald Moore, creator of the last BSG reboot, the one that aired on Syfy/Scifi and was fantastic in every way (including the finale, I don't care what you say). We called Moore's agent, hoping to at least find out if he has been offered the writing gig, but we're still awaiting a response. In the meantime, the fact that the creators of the last reboot may not be involved is discouraging.
To make matters worse, Singer was seen meeting with Justin Timberlake on Thursday, fueling speculation that he will be offered a role. We're skeptical of JT's involvement, but weirder things have happened. For now, Timberlake is the only (tenuously) rumored casting, so no one knows if any of the Syfy show's cast will be invited to reprise their roles.
To summarize: We are possibly looking at a complete reinvention of a beloved series that's still riding a wave of success from its last brilliantly executed redo, except instead of involving the people who made it such a success, we have the guy who ruined Superman. (Actually, I take that one back. Singer makes some good movies, and Superman wasn't terrible; It was just bloated and really expensive. I think we can all agree that Valkyrie was a really bad idea, though.)
Why now? The answer, duh, is money. Star Trek was a huge hit for Paramount, and Universal wants in on a successful sci-fi television franchise with a built-in fanbase. However, at this point, a BSG movie seems like far less than a surefire success.
The last BSG reboot is still fresh in everyone's mind, and it was a big success. Throwing out Moore's work and starting so quickly (assuming the movie will be released in 2011 or 2012) is risky, to say the least. Reinventing a beloved property from an earlier generation is far less risky than redoing something less than two years old. Even then, science fiction fans tend to become personally invested in the things they love, and they take it as a direct affront when a new iteration defiles that which has come before. (See: Lucas, George; career since 1992.)
Ultimately, the success of a new BSG film will depend on the reactions fof the franchise's fans. What are your predictions? Have you already dismissed this movie? Are you actually excited? Or, like us, are you willing to give it a chance... as long as Moore & co. are involved, and Timberlake is not? If Starbuck has a dance number, we're going to be really pissed.
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