A mere three days ago news spread that Bryan Singer's Excalibur remake was dead but that his Battlestar Galactica remake was still alive, albeit in an undefined state. Today Deadline brought a bit more of that sate into focus: John Orloff has been hired to write the remake. Okay, so it's not that much more in focus, but it's something for now.
Who is John Orloff? He wrote A Mighty Heart, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and the upcoming Roland Emmerich Shakespeare flick Anonymous. So...yeah... he doesn't exactly have the most wow-inducing feature film screenwriting track record, though he did also write the "Day of Days" and "Why We Fight" episodes of Band of Brothers, which are two mighty fine hours of television. Hopefully that'll give him a bit of an edge when it comes to adapting a three decades old television show about the last human survivors in the universe trying to fight off extinction at the hands of Cylons.
That's right, the Orloff/Singer BSG is once again a remake of the original '70s show and apparently is pretending that Ronald D. Moore's tremendous 2003 re-invention of the series, which lasted five years and has already spawned multiple spin-off movies, video games, and two additional TV shows, doesn't exist. In theory that means he'll be sticking to the walking toaster robots of the '70s show and ignoring the human-skinned models of Syfy's version. Either way, Orloff told Deadline, "I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up," which means he must be pretty damned confident in whatever his new approach to the material is.
Update: Kristopher Tapley at HitFix also spoke with Orloff about his take on the film, which illuminates considerably more than Deadline's piece did. A sampling:
"And I think I've come up with a way to write this movie that won't f*ck any of that up. I'm not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let's just say it's not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done. I don't think you can compete with what he's done."
By the way, if you haven't caught the BSG bug and have Netflix, almost every version of it is available on Watch Instantly.