Frak, yes: Battlestar Galactica relaunch has its writer

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Krystal Clark
Dec 15, 2012

Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica has taken one step closer to becoming a reality! Hollywood vet John Orloff has been signed to pen the long-in-development (and we do mean long) film adaptation, and he's psyched.

Universal Pictures has hired Orloff to write the revamped screenplay for an adaptation of the 1978 TV space opera, in a move that confirms rumors that the reboot will be moving forward. After plans for Singer's film Excalibur hit the skids, the director decided to spend more time developing his vision for Battlestar. It's no secret that Singer is a huge fan of the property, but what about Orloff?

The writer recently spoke to Deadline about his new job and revealed his backstory as an old-school BSG fan. He said, "I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old and [I] built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs. I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up." Yes, you read that correctly—he said frak!

Orloff has a pretty interesting background. He's scripted everything from hardcore dramas (HBO's Band of Brothers) to children's films (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole). His latest includes the screenplay for the Roland Emmerich film Anonymous, which he also co-produced. How do you go from Shakespeare to Battlestar Galactica? It's called range, and it looks like he has it.

Do you think BSG is safe in Orloff's hands?

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