Geeks owe a lot to Bryan Singer. In the wake of campy, bloated superhero disasters like Batman & Robin, Singer almost single-handedly saved comic-book film adaptations with his serious take on the X-Men in 2000. The success of that film led to a resurgance in dark, faithful superhero flicks like Singer’s own X-2, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and the current spate of Marvel comics heroes like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. But Singer’s reputation took a hit with the less than action-packed, “emo” Superman Returns in 2006, and he’s been trying to rebuild his cache as a geek-favorite genre director ever since. He’s recently completed work on an epic re-telling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale called Jack The Giant Killer, and now that his Excalibur remake has been shitcanned by Warner Brothers, he’s turned his attention back full-time to making a feature film version of…well…let’s just hear it from Singer himself:
“Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen. 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.
So yeah, despite the very recent successful re-imagining of Battlestar as a long-running Syfy channel series by Ron Moore (not to mention the subsequent prequel series Caprica and the upcoming prequel series, Blood & Chrome), Singer is going to add to the confusion by making a brand new Battlestar Galactica. The interesting thing about Singer’s project is that it’s a re-imagining of the1970’s Battlestar Galactica continuity, so instead of hard-edged, realistic military sci-fi, we are going to get a big-budget CGI spectacle with big -brained lizard dudes and Daggits. This whole thing reeks of trying to emulate JJ Abrams success with the 2009 Star Trek re-boot, but that being said, if Singer can get back to telling solid stories with good action, I’d be all aboard for some epic laser-battles between Colonial warriors and those shiny Cylon centurions. They better have those sweet 70’s robotic voices, though.