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October 20, 2011

‘Battlestar Galactica’ movie writer: ‘I’m not gonna frak it up’

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From left, Michael Hogan (Col. Saul Tigh), Edward James Olmos (Adm. William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin) and Jamie Bamber (Lee "Apollo" Adama) in "Battlestar Galactica" (SyFy)

Bryan Singer’s “Battlestar Galactica” movie has its screenwriter — John Orloff, who also wrote the Roland Emmerich Shakespeare thriller opening next week, “Anonymous.”

“Don’t worry, I’m not gonna frak it up,” said Orloff in an interview, of his take on the storied sci-fi franchise, which “X-Men” director Singer is set to direct for Universal Pictures.

“I have a pretty radical take,” Orloff said, declining to offer more details about his treatment of the long-gestating, secrecy-shrouded project. “Battlestar Galactica,” about a human civilization warring with a cybernetic race on a group of distant planets known as the 12 Colonies, began as a short-lived 1970s TV show and has evolved to include comic books, novels, video games and the cult hit Ronald D. Moore series that ran on Syfy from 2004 to 2009.

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Richard Hatch, Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict from the original "Battlestar Galactica"

A long time “Battlestar” fan, Orloff has an eclectic background as a writer — he first wrote “Anonymous” over a decade ago. Though it didn’t get made at the time (another little Bard movie called “Shakespeare in Love” beat it to theaters), Orloff’s script earned him a gig on Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ World War II HBO series “Band of Brothers.” He went on to write “A Mighty Heart,” the Angelina Jolie movie about journalist Daniel Pearl, and Zack Snyder’s “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.”

Orloff declined to elaborate on the project and would not specify whether the new film would update the original TV series or take off from Moore’s universe. Previous reports suggested that Singer’s movie would “reimagine” the former, which was produced by Glen Larson and starred Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch as hotshot pilots Starbuck and Apollo and Lorne Greene as Cmdr. Adama.

–Rebecca Keegan

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