The details of Singer’s reboot are still fermenting in a resurrection chamber somewhere in deep space, but his commitment to the BSG universe is clear. A life-long fan of the series, Singer has been waiting to direct his own version for a decade.
So, Singer has enthusiasm and pedigree, and isn’t afraid to tackle material that is closely guarded by cult audiences; his interpretation of the X-Men comics was hugely successful, and great fun; and in Superman Returns he gave a unique quality to an extremely familiar character; but can he conjure the more complex and political world of the BSG universe without turning its inhabitants into cartoons? Perhaps The Usual Suspects might offer a better comparison of Singer’s ability to create complex charaters, but even this undisputably excellent movie feels a little bit like a comic strip at times.
Howver, Singer has brought upon a writer who might be able to help him flesh the material out: John Orloff. If you want to check out Orloff’s writing talents, you might consider a trip to your local multiplex tonight to catch Anonymous or, if you fancy staying in, you could rent A Mighty Heart, or even dig out your old Band of Brothers boxset. Orloff might be the perfect partner for Singer, and this latest reboot of the BSG franchise; he has experience at writing complex, battle-weary characters, and isn’t afraid to explore complex political themes, or emotional drama.
In the LA Times, Orloff said that he had a “pretty radical take” on the BSG universe, but it’s not clear yet whether the original 1970s series, or more recent 2004 version will inspire his adaptation. “I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”
There’s plenty to be excited about, but with the script still to be written, and a lengthy period of post-production once shooting is completed, fans have a long wait to find out which chromosomes Starbuck will be carrying. Stay tuned. How do you feel about another reboot of this franchise? Would you prefer to see a male, or female Starbuck?