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A Battlestar Movie with Bryan Singer?

Rumors are starting to fly around the net again that Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and X-2, will direct a Battlestar Galactica movie.  That’s good news you’d assume… but in reality that’s a big fat NO!  This Battlestar would have nothing to do with the masterpiece that was reimagined by Ron Moore and David Eick.  Instead this BSG movie would be more like the original show, campy family fun.  I for one don’t want to see Battlestar reduced to that again.

If you weren’t aware Singer and his production partner Tom DeSanto were originally set to deliver the reimagined Battlestar Galactica to the SciFi channel.  In the aftermath of 9/11 their vision fell apart leading Ron Moore and David Eick to take the reigns and give the SciFi channel the Battlestar we all know and love today.  If you check out the SciFi wire the SciFi folks present their opinion on the current BSG which pisses me off a bit.  They say:

It was later that Ronald D. Moore and David Eick developed their own take on the material for a Syfy series that went on to critical acclaim, earning the admiration of a loyal if somewhat small audience.

Somewhat small audience?  What the frak?  Battlestar Galactica was consistantly pulling in the best ratings of any show on the SciFi channel.  This just smacks of revisionist history trying to make it seem as though the show was not as widely followed as it was in reality.  How many Science Fiction shows do you know of that have won Peabody awards?  What other show on the SciFi channel was able to reach millions of people who normally ignored science fiction?  Moore’s Galactica combined amazing writers, actors, and a story to make a masterpiece that in effect saved teh SciFi channel.  Say what you want but the network would not have survived on wrestling and Stargate.  Battlestar brought viewers to the SciFi channel that never would have been there otherwise and to discount that fanbase is another poor decision the the executives that thought it would be great to rename the channel to Syfy.

Moore and Eick gave the fans an edgy SciFi show that was more likely to leave you feeling like you’d been punched in the gut instead of with a smile on your face.  And you know what, fans loved it!  I can pretty much guarantee that if the new BSG comes out I for one will not be checking it out.  It seems more like a step backwards and an attempt to cash in on the greatness of Moore’s BSG just as it is wrapping up.  That and lets be honest no one would ever be able to compare to Edward James Olmos’ William Adama.  If you’re a BSG fan say NO to this recreation.  So say we all!

Edit: Entertainment Weekly is confirming that Bryan Singer has signed on to do a complete reimagining of the Battlestar from the 70s.  Universal is getting greedy now.  I can scarcely contain my excitement for this abomination…. yay.

Oh for the love of God NO!

As if its not bad enough that the Twilight craze is invading TV, movies, and books now I have to put it up with in the one place I thought would be safe, COMICS!  That’s right, you read that right, they are making a Twilight graphic novel.  Everyone wants to cash in on the craze that has taken over the younger generation… and by younger I mean the screaming masses of kiddies.  At least when South Park cashed in on Twilight they destroyed it.

Honestly I have to admit I’ve never seen Twilight, but then again I’m not a teenage girl.  I have no desire to see and read about emo angsty vampires.  If I want to watch vampire dramas I’ll watch Angel, Buffy, or True Blood.  Those are actually good shows that people can enjoy.  I’ve been a Buffy fan since it started airing on TV and I’m sure its of much higher quality than anything made in the Twilight world.  But that should be expected of anything in the Whedonverse.  True Blood is also a good show and yes you can argue there are some angsty moments but they are off-set by violence and other cool things.

But in the interest of providing news to our readers I’ll give a little information about the upcoming Twilight comics…. I feel dirty say that though.  This information comes courtesy of the folks over at Geeks of Doom.  Yen Press has officially begun work on the Twilight series of books.  The artist for this book of Young Kim and he’s using his own interpretation of the characters.  As you can see in the picture below the characters shown in the artwork do not match those in the movies.  I have seen the trailers so I have an idea of who the main characters are, I just can’t name them.

Twilight Main Characters

Twilight Main Characters

I think this YouTube clip is the perfect way to describe my reaction to what is being done to the world of comics.

via: Geeks of Doom

SyFy Channel, What the Frak?

SciFi vs. SyFy

SciFi vs. SyFy

I know I’m late to jump on this bandwagon, but does anyone else think the rebranding of the SciFi channel to SciFi is absolutely idiotic?  On June 7, the SciFi channel will cease to exist and instead become the SyFy channel?  It sounds exactly how it looks, it seems to me the company is choosing a new name so that they can trademark it.  If that were the case maybe I wouldn’t be so annoyed by it.  I’m used to SciFi doing dumb things.  Examples of that being cancelling Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Farscape.  So, I’m really not shocked that a new name change, which I think is stupid, would happen.

Greg Dean, the writer/artist of RealLife comics put up a pretty good comic regarding this switch.  If even half of the what is depicted was actually said by a SciFi exec they might really want to consider firing him.  It makes horrible business sense to alienate your loyal fans as you undergo a rebranding effort.

RealLife Take on SciFi/SyFy

RealLife Take on SciFi/SyFy

EDIT: The quote referenced in the comic is as follows:

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

I stand corrected, a current SciFi exec did not make such a strong statement, just a former one who ran the network when it was true to its SciFi roots.

I think SciFi channel lost its way once it started showing pro-wrestling.  Don’t get me wrong I was a fan of pro-wrestling and still occasionally watch it, but it really never fit in on the SciFi channel.  Part of my thinks this rebranding is a way for the SciFi channel to move away from its conventional programming.  It seems like the execs have been doing that for a while.  They’ve phased out most of the programming I like.  I was never a Eureka fan although I’ve heard it was good.  Without Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica, I’m really not too interested in watching any of their programming.  I probably haven’t flipped to SciFI since the BSG finale.  Now, I admit I will give the new SyFy channel a try, but only for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Stargate Universe, none of the other programming interests me.  Good look SciFi execs, hopefully you haven’t alienated too many of your fans.

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