Bryan Singer ponders Starbuck's sex in Battlestar Galactica movie

Screenwriter John Orloff plans “radical take”

 
With Excalibur canned, we know that Bryan Singer's next project after Jack The Giant Killer will be a big screen version of Battlestar Galactica. What we don't know for sure is what his Galactica movie will use as its influence. 
 
Will it lean towards the original 1970s TV show - as Singer has previously suggested - or channel the gritty drama of the updated, more recent television outing? 
 
An interview with screenwriter John Orloff (Anonymous) hasn't shed much light on that decision. 
 
“I have a pretty radical take,” Orloff told The Los Angeles Times, before adding. “Don’t worry, I’m not gonna frak it up.” 
 
The other big question is whether Starbuck should be played by a male (think Dirk Benedict in the original Glen A. Larson TV show) or a female (Katie Sackoff in the update)? 
 
SFX magazine popped this burning question to Singer, who says the jury is still out. 
 
“Right now I haven’t made my mind up on that. But whatever way we go, I’m sure it will be complementary to the whole Battlestar Galactica mythology,” he dodged.
Female Starbuck or male Starbuck? Or is this whole project just another pointless retread in favour of doing something daring and original? Park your Viper below and leave your frakking comments! 

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    • alexr

      Oct 21st 2011, 11:31

      Honestly, as a fan of both the original series (Not Galactica 1980 though) and the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, I would have serious doubts about doing a movie version this soon after the end of the TV series. Having said that, do I want a male or female Starbuck?? Well, how about going back to a male Starbuck. I really liked KATEE SACKHOFF's turn as Starbuck, but I also likes the suave Dirk Benedict. Honestly, give us a smart-a**e scoundrel-style Starbuck and I might just be interested. Ryan Reynolds or Will Smith anyone?

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    • Mings

      Oct 21st 2011, 12:47

      I actually preferred Sackhoff's version. Although Starbuck appeared to be your standard tomboy character playing against gender stereotypes etc. she was actually one of the more complex characters on the show in terms of her motivation and insecurities. Dirk Benedict's take will always be the classic of course, it's just a shame that the original take on the character always seemed to be a kind of cypher for Han Solo. I can't help but think that actors like Ryan Reynolds would only go to perpetuate this. All this said, I agree that this movie version, as a reboot of a reboot of a Wagon Train/Star Wars hybrid, all seems rather unnecessary. No-one can doubt Bryan Singer's talents - it's just a shame that they could not be put to use on something completely original. After the Usual Suspects everything that Singer directed until Valkyrie was either an adaptation of someone else's work (Apt Pupil) or part of an existing canon of work (X-men, Superman). Be interested to see what he does with Jack the Giant Killer though...

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 21st 2011, 16:03

      Sorry but the remake series is the definitive BSG. It was so much more than just a straight sci-fi show, and it was made by Sackhoff and Edward James Olson. No film is going to measure up to it.

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    • clearwriter

      Oct 21st 2011, 16:08

      Cannot agree more with writerdave87, this is a pointless task. Moore's BSG will not be bested. This just feels like a slightly narcissistic little kid, stamping his feet that he didn't get to make his idea and someone else made something brilliant before he got a chance to prove himself.

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    • SiMan

      Oct 21st 2011, 19:19

      Don't see how they can tie up a story arc in one two hour movie to be honest. Why even bother as well - I could understand if someting maybe didn't work right and was not a sucess, in that instance i wouldn't mide hollywood holding up its hands and saying 'hey, we got it wrong, but lets have another go' (i'm lucking at you George Lucas) but the recent BSG series was critically acclaimed and was frankly awesome. There's nothing new you could do with it.

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 22nd 2011, 10:03

      I just think its poet justice that something based on the supposed Star Wars 'rip-off', gets better reviews and kudos than the last 4 Star Wars movies...

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 22nd 2011, 10:07

      The last four in order of production, I should say...

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 22nd 2011, 12:33

      Katee Sackhoff Mmmmmmm............

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