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The 'Battlestar Galactica' movie picks up a screenwriter

October 20, 2011 |  4:48 pm

While the "Arrested Development" refugees dream of a movie and "Buffy" stars hope a big screen version gets staked, the "Battlestar Galactica" movie project forges ahead.

Not only has Bryan Singer signed on to direct, but the movie now has a screenwriter attached: John Orloff, who wrote the new movie about Shakespeare, "Anonymous," as well as HBO's "Band of Brothers."

“I have a pretty radical take,” Orloff told our sister blog Hero Complex, but he wouldn't divulge any specifics about whether his vision for the movie would reboot the original 1970s series or stick closer to the much-loved Ronald D. Moore version, which ended its run on Syfy in 2009.

So does that mean "Galactica" is done as a TV entity, or might we have competing Cylon armies? Although Syfy did not renew the "BSG" prequel "Caprica," a year ago the network announced plans for another spin-off, "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome," focused on a young William Adama and set between "BSG" and "Caprica" time frames. The pilot has been shot and is in post-production, but Syfy says there is no news on whether it will be picked up as a full series yet.


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Photo: Katee Sackhoff, Michael Trucco and Jamie Bamber in Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica." Credit: Carole Segal.