John Boorman‘s 1981 Excalibur has always been a classic to me. Hell, just watching Patrick Stewart pre-Star Trek is well worth sitting through the movie. So, when news of director Bryan Singer developing a remake broke, you can bet that there were a few people (including myself) prepping their swords in revolt. Thankfully, the project is now dead. Singer however, will now being diving headlong into directing a Battlestar Galactica remake.
With filming finished with Bryan’s current project, Jack The Giant Killer, the director’s project will focus on the 12 colonies and the battle for survival against the Cylons. Here’s what Bryan had to say on Excalibur and the development of BSG:
“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.”
As for whether the movie will be based on the original 1978 series or Bryan’s planned “sequel” from 2001 remains to be seen, but whatever happens they need to bring back Edward James Olmos as William Adama (SO SAY WE ALL!). If you can’t wait for Singer to get started, then just watch the show on DVD, you should have everything finished by the time he starts production.
Via: Geek Tyrant