<i>Battlestar Galactica</i> Finds a Writer

Mere days after director Bryan Singer was quoted about turning his attention once again to Battlestar Galactica, the big-screen version of the 1970s television series has found a writer.

Heat Vision reports that John Orloff, who wrote Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and the upcoming Anonymous, will pen the Universal Pictures movie, which has no connection to Ronald D. Moore's acclaimed 2004 re-imagining.

Created by Glen A. Larson, the premise of 1978 space opera is by now familiar: Humans living on a group of planets in a distant part of our galaxy are attacked by the cybernetic Cylons, who lay waste to the Twelve Colonies and the Colonial Fleet that protects them. The few survivors flee into space, defended by the massive battleship Battlestar Galactica, and attempt to make their way to the fabled 13th colony ... Earth.

Battlestar Galactica has been a somewhat elusive property for Singer, who began developing it a television miniseries in 2000, set to air two years later on Fox as a backdoor pilot. However, production delays forced Singer to drop out because of earlier commitments to X-Men 2, leading network executives to lose interest in the project.

A "complete re-imagination" of the original series was resurrected in 2009, only months after Moore's TV revival concluded its four-season run, this time as a movie, with Singer attached to direct and produce.

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