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Singer Signs On For 'Battlestar' Movie, Series Fans Mutter A Collective 'Frak'

Bryan Singer, seen here in Rome promoting his film 'Valkyrie.'

Bryan Singer has been brought on to produce and perhaps direct a feature film version of Battlestar Galactica...but why? Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images hide caption

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If you were a fan of the recently wrapped Battlestar Galactica series on Syfy (then known as SciFi, sigh), perhaps you'd greet the idea of a feature film with enthusiasm. Perhaps having it come from director Bryan Singer, who did The Usual Suspects and the first two X-Men movies (along with the less well-received Superman Returns) would make a certain amount of sense.

But wait. It isn't at all clear whether the project to which Singer is now apparently attached has anything to do with the incarnation that just went off the air. It sounds at least as likely as not that it's entirely separate — a totally new approach to the same material, which might have as much to do with the Syfy Battlestar Galactica as the Syfy one did with the 1978 original. Which is to say: not much.

This seems like a bizarre move. If fans of the recent series can't be reassured that something of what they love will be preserved, then they will turn on this project with bitterness, and without them, it's hard to imagine why it should be made at all, let alone announced within months of the series' end.

According to Hitfix, this is a project Singer was working on as far back as 2001. But since 2001, there has been another entire version of this material that was very influential in sci-fi circles.

Fans might be ready eventually to see a new approach, but as Keith Phipps at The Onion A.V. Club said today, it seems a little bit ... soon for this.

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