Director Bryan Singer gave us two of the greatest comic book movies ever, the first two X-Men flicks.
He also directed The Usual Suspects, which still has one of the best twist endings in cinema history. Singer has also been attached to movie versions of Battlestar Galactica, as well as a TV reboot of The Twilight Zone, although like a lot of projects announced in Hollywood, it could take a long time for either to see the light of day, if they ever do.
At one point there was going to be a Battlestar Galactica movie based off the recent incarnation of the show, but there hasn’t been any news on this for quite some time. So now that Singer is promoting his latest movie, Jack the Giant Killer, which is hitting theaters in March, GiantFreakinRobot asked him if there’s any chance of Galactica reaching the big screen any time soon.
The current word from Singer himself is that Galactica movie is “on hold.” The primary reason is he’s going to be busy with X-Men Days of Future Past, which starts shooting in April. “I’d love to be able to get back to that, but for now I’m just focused on this X-Men business.”
Back in late 2011, a screenwriter was announced for the Galactica movie, John Orloff, who promised the L.A. Times, “I’m not gonna frak it up.” He also promised, “I have a pretty radical take,” but didn’t elaborate further. Before Singer announced the movie was on hold, he told i09 back in August 2012 that the screenplay was going through revisions, and he also added, “It will exist, I think, quite well between the Glen Larson and Ron Moore universes…it’s evolving quite well…I hope to do it.”
As far as the Twilight Zone show reboot, Singer told Total Film, “I’ve taken over the Twilight Zone. I’d love to direct one – at least the pilot. It’s really not easy to jumpstart an anthology show, particularly because it’s hard to pair them with other things. The production is complex too…But I like the challenge.
“If we can get Twilight Zone to a place where A-list talent is participating,” and on that front, it’s hard to imagine that not happening, “then it would emulate the experience of the Rod Serling show which had William Shatner, Agnes Moorehead, Burgess Meredith…all these terrific actors doing these really serious morality tales. If we achieve that it could really be something.”
So no official word when we could see The Twilight Zone back on TV, or if we’ll ever see Battlestar Galactica on the big screen. We may have to wait a bit until Singer’s done with “this X-Men business” before we know for sure. Here’s hoping we’ll see both one of the days, and that Singer indeed doesn’t frak either of ‘em up.