The Battlestar Galactica Revival You Never Got To See

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Back in 2000/2001 the Singer/DeSanto team went to Universal with a pitch to revive the Galactica franchise. Fresh off their success with "The X-Men," Singer was the golden child, and Universal loved the idea. The next thing you know, preproduction on a sequel - a continuation - of the original series.

The premise was that it was thirty years later, and the fleet had given up the search for earth, and settled elsewhere. After a generation-long absence, the Cylons return, whomp on everybody, and the Galactica escapes...again...with a rag tag fleet in tow, continuing the quest for earth. (Galactica 1980, of course, would have been completely ignored in this series. It never happened)

All the surviving cast who wanted a part in the show were going to be recurring characters, and it appears Dirk Benedict would have been a primary cast member. Richard Hatch would have been in it in a super-secret and kind of disturbing role. The bulk of the story, however, would be Commander Boxey's attempt to find earth, same 'ol same 'ol.

Ultimately, owing to problems in the filming of X-Men 2, Singer had to abandon the project when it was already pretty far in preproduction. Syfy (Then Sci-Fi) had already more or less carved a release date in stone, and had to have something ready to go, so the RDM version of Galactica ended up getting cobbled together on the fly.

Was this a good thing or a bad thing? To be honest, I don't know. I was totally into the RDM Galactica for a while there, but it let me down so hard that it basically destroyed my interest in the entire series. At the same time, what I've read of and about the Singer/DeSanto pilot movie was kinda'...well, I don't want to say "Lame," because it wasn't, but it was kinda underwhelming. I haven't read the whole script, though, so I don't know for sure.

In any event, the following is a test reel of FX footage for the Singer/DeSanto Galactica. It was done by Foundation Imaging, the same people who'd done Babylon 5