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SciFriday: It’s Too Soon For A ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie

… Especially if it’s going to ignore storylines that have just happened


At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I think it’s a bit too early for Bryan Singer to return to the Battlestar Galactica franchise and to try and kickstart his 2001 idea on continuing the original 1978 series.

It’s not that I don’t want to see it happen. I’ve always been for continuing the story that Glen Larson first brought to television screens on ABC when I was just two years old, but why do we have to talk about this just months after the critically acclaimed SciFi Channel (now Syfy) series has ended its storied run?

Talk about market confusion.

One thing that made the reimagination of “Battlestar Galactica” work in the first place is that it had been decades since the original story was told, so some sort of modernization of the story, concept and characters was in order. But doing it all over again so soon after it had just been done?

Why can’t we simply wait even a few years? Granted, by the time Singer and company can punch out a story idea and get it going, it will likely be a few years, but we need some time to enjoy what we had with Ronald D. Moore’s vision.

Imagine what it would’ve been like if Ronald D. Moore decided to bring his idea of “Battlestar Galactica” out in 1979 rather than 2003. Would that have been fair at all to the franchise? Fans of the original series were incensed as it was 25 years later … less than a year later? There may have been riots.

NBC Universal, which now has the movie rights of the franchise, are trying to cash in while the Battlestar Galactica iron is hot, but why do it with something that has nothing to do with the series that helped bring it almost back to the mainstream?

The same goes for the idea to continue toward a new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie that has nothing to do with the television series that actually made vampire killing cool again.

Audiences aren’t dumb. They have pretty good memories, especially when they just saw something only a few years, or even a few weeks ago.

I would love to see what Bryan Singer will do with the franchise, and see how he could’ve done this with Fox before Moore got involved.

But not yet. Not yet.

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