According to Variety, X-Men director Bryan Singer plans to revive the classic TV science fiction series, Battlestar Galactica. Back in 1978 when it premiered, Galactica was the most expensive network series of its day at a cost of some $1 million per episode. Though the original series, which starred the perpetually paternal Lorne Greene, only lasted for two years, it developed a devoted fan following that Singer wants to use as a foundation for his new series. He told Variety, 'The lesson I learned on X-Men is to have a healthy respect for the fan base of sci-fi fantasy franchises, and I'm confident that the 'Galactica' brand is a sleeping giant.'
Singer will be the executive producer of the new series along with Tom DeSanto. Glen Larson, the creator of the original series, will play an as yet undetermined role in the production. Studios USA, which hold the rights to the property, is shopping the new Galactica series to the major networks for a primetime slot. Though no budgets were announced, all indications are that the new series, thanks to foreign distribution and syndication potential, will be a deluxe production with cutting edge special effects.
Singer told Variety that he wants to direct the pilot series himself if his schedule on the X-Men sequel will allow. Singer is currently working on the story arc for the series as well as pre-production for X-Men II, since the film he was supposed to be directing now-- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, based on the autobiography of game show host Chuck Barris--has been postponed until the current labor situation in Hollywood is settled.