How To Screw Up A Franchise Like Battlestar Galactica

by on October 10, 2009

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Battlestar Galactica - ConfusedHow does one take a perfectly good franchise like Battlestar Galactica, and thin it out some?

Easy!  After you (Glen A. Larson)  have a successful 80’s TV run, you let someone else (Ronald D. Moore) “reimagine” it.  It’s almost like a marketing test of sorts.  Then when that has taken the world by storm, get back on the band wagon and make a go at it with your own, older, original vision of the franchise.  That should confuse the crap out of the market.

Yes… Larson and Universal seem to think they need to do it again, and do it “their” way. Glen A. Larson has snagged Bryan Singer to take a swing at yet another redo of the Battlestar Galactica franchise, headed to the silver screen.

If you remember, BSG came in on the coat tails of Star Wars back in the late 70’s.  Now if they actually go through with this, they’ll be riding the coat tails of Ronald. D. Moore.  The man with the dark vision of how to tell a story and have it hit home.  Any other way is just …  just another redo.  What is it with the coat tails Larson?

I can only assume that they may just bide their time and wait because Moore is still cranking out his reinvisioned material in the form of The Plan, Caprica and possible rumored big screen movies and what not.  (Actors have only mentioned their desire, I’ve not seen anything more concrete on the movie thing yet.)

Reports say that Singer has other deals and projects that are higher on his priority list to tackle than BSG and we may not see this project for a while.   What else is on his plate?  There’s the remake of the 1981 Excalibur for one.

I think a diluted fan base will be bad business for both sides of this Battlestar Galactica fanchise.

Battlestar Galactica on Amazon.com

Sources: HitFix.com, io9, Entertainment Weekly

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmonos October 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Hydr0gen,
I think both fan bases are strong in their own rights. I remember enjoying the original BSG franchise, but now-a-days, I look back and shudder.

The new BSG totally stole my imagination and I really enjoyed this portrayal that Ronald D. Moore put together.

I can’t imagine myself going out of my way in any way shape or form even trying to see the Larson version. At least not until Moore’s different projects based on his retelling have had their time in the light and faded to the point that I am wanting more.

Until then, Larson and Singer are wasting their time.

Hydr0gen October 10, 2009 at 6:47 am

Totally agree… I dunno which fanbase is stronger but i think its pretty safe to say that the RDM BSG following IS very STRONG and it be will confused, at the very least, if not outraged with another frackin’ remake. I mean why not remake SW or LOTR, as somebody has pointed out…

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