Bryan Singer's long planned Battlestar Galactica movie has found its writer. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is finalizing a deal with Emmy-nominated writer John Orloff (HBO's Band of Brothers) to write the film based on the Glen Larson 1978 TV series.
Here is what Orloff had to say in a statement to Deadline:
“I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs. I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”
This is some great news for Singer, who has been wanting to direct this film for at least a decade. Earlier we reported that Singer's Excalibur remake was dead in the water. Orloff's involvement allows for Battlestar Galactica to finally gain some traction. No details are available on a proposed start date, Singer is busy directing a revisionist take on Jack the Giant Killer for New Line.
Orloff just scripted and exec produced Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, and recently scripted Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and the Angelina Jolie-starrer A Mighty Heart. He’s also attached to write Truckers for DreamWorks Animation.
I think that Orloff will do a wonderful job of crafting Singer's vision of this film. I for one am glad to see it getting closer to production. What are your thoughts?