Exacalibur Remake Canceled; Battlestar Galactica Remake Moving Forward
10.20.11 by Ryan
A remake of director John Boorman's 1981 take on the King Arthur Legend, Excalibur, has been in the works since 2009, with director Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) attached to helm the project. Singer took a break from putting the finishing touches on his next directorial effort, Jack the Giant Killer, and spoke to SFX at the Sitges Film Festival, only to reveal that his Excalibur remake was no more.
Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen. I was really enthused to do it. I’m a fan of John Boorman’s movie and it was my intention to get it going after Jack The Giant Killer was completed. The project was with Warner Bros. and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of Excalibur ended up being negated. But, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing Battlestar Galactica — which I think will be really exciting.
For those enthusiastic to see a big-screen version of the recent Battlestar Galactica series that ran on SyFy from 2004-2009, think again. Singer wants to adapt the original Battlestar Galactica series that Glen Larson created in 1978. Both series were about the remains of humanity struggling to find Earth after a robot race called Cylons successfully wages a surprise attack on the Twelve Colonies, but only the original series had a dog-like pet named Muffit (or, really, Muffit II, as some purists might point out).
Deadline reports that screenwriter John Orloff (Anonymous, A Mighty Heart) has been hired to write the script for the remake, and was more than excited about it. "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,” said Orloff. "I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up."
The hiring of Orloff is surely a positive sign for Galactica fans that a movie adaptation is on the way, though whether it will be Singer's next movie remains to be seen.