John Orloff has wanted to write “Battlestar Galactica” since he was 12.
Of course, his inspiration was Lorne Greene, not Edward James Olmos. And he’ll have a chance to fulfill that dream now thanks to Bryan Singer.
Orloff, best known for his work on “Band of Brothers” and the controversial film “Anonymous” questioning William Shakespeare’s contribution to stage work, will put “Battlestar Galactica” on the silver screen.
The writer said he “built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs,” according to Deadline.com. “I Love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frack it up.”
And yes, we spelled that “frack” and not “frak,” because Orloff is focusing on the original ABC series, not the later Syfy outing that was a critical hit.
Singer moved “Battlestar Galactica” forward after another project he was attached to, “Excalibur,” was dropped by Warner Bros. Originally attached to a television revival in 2001 ahead of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Singer instead could only watch as Ronald D. Moore took the franchise in a whole new direction, that led to renewed interest, a pair of spinoffs, and a Peabody award.
There is still some concern about franchise confusion, especially going from the original series, to the reboot, back to the original series. BSG creator Glen A. Larson, who was not a fan of the Syfy reboot, had tried to put together a movie project in the past while the new show was still on the air. It’s not clear what his involvement is with the Singer version.
“Battlestar Galactica” is in early development still, and such a film wouldn’t hit theaters until 2014 at the earliest.