Battlestar Galactica Revival
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Here are some messages from the Sarah Rush
fan club about the revival. These are exact copies of the messages from the club.
Thanks to "lionhart321" for keeping us up to date on this subject.
Message #411 - Posted Thu, 28 Jun 2001
Breaking news -- re: the new BSG
>From Sci Fi Wire - The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel
"Galactica May Revive Roles"
Dan Angel and Billy Brown--who will produce and run The SCI FI Channel's upcoming Battlestar Galactica series--told SCI FI Wire that the proposed series will feature some characters from the classic 1970s Galactica TV series. "Some of the characters will be revived," Brown said in an interview, but declined to say which ones. Added Angel, "All that is in discussion stage right now, but absolutely, the intention is to keep in the spirit of what was there before and to preserve--as Billy said--what was there."
Angel and Brown will run the series, which is being developed with X-Men producer Tom DeSanto and director Bryan Singer. "Hopefully, what we're trying to aim for is, there will be new characters, there will be some of the old characters," Brown said. "But since it's not totally written and totally signed off on--and also because there's such a huge fan base--we don't want to get out false rumors and have people, like, go crazy. But I think one thing we can say is that we're very much aware of the old fans. ... We want to honor the old show. We don't want to violate anything. It's like, if you watch the show, you're not going to go, 'Oh, well, they totally contradicted what was in the old show.' There won't be any contradictions, but there will be a taking it further and taking it further in time."
Brown added that he and Angel were working on the script for a two-hour pilot for the series, which will advance the original storyline. "It does take place in a not-so-distant future from the end of the old show," Brown said. "It's going to be a sprawling, family saga that is set amongst the travails and adventures of the human colony."
Message #412 - Posted Thu, 28 Jun 2001
Statement from Michael Faries -- 6/28/01
Re-posting this from the scifi.com bboard.
Does everyone now understand why I'm not sweating bullets about the new show? The show *is* in good hands. The lack of information has made that faith difficult, but this latest post on SciFi.com was a very welcome breath of fresh air.
I maintain, though: While the news from the showrunners is VERY positive, VERY optimistic, Richard, Dirk, Jack, Herb, Laurette, Anne, Terry, Sarah, etc. have *not* been signed to the new show yet. That continues to concern me. Hopefully, that will be allayed soon, as the scripts are formalized and the pre-production is formulated/finalized.
I believe that Dan and Billy are very sincere. I would feel a LOT more positive once Richard, Dirk, etc. have been signed aboard. I want to *thank them* on behalf of Battlestar Galactica fans for, at least, addressing the immediate concerns of fandom. It's very, very appreciated -- especially given the lack of news and information about the new Battlestar Galactica production.
I hope we'll hear more in the coming month on the new Battlestar Galactica production. Keep an open mind -- and keep sending those fan feedback letters to The Powers That Be via:
Message #413 - Posted Fri, 29 Jun 2001
Network deal confirmed, new BSG is a GO!
>From Sci Fi Wire, the News Service of the Sci Fi Channel
"FOX Orders Galactica Telefilm"
FOX has ordered a two-hour Battlestar Galactica movie from Studios USA, based on the 1970s series, which will stand as a pilot for a proposed Galactica series for the 2002-03 season that will run jointly on FOX and The SCI FI Channel, Sarah Timberman, president of Studios USA Programming, announced. As previously reported, X-Men director Bryan Singer will helm and will also executive produce with Tom DeSanto, Dan Angel and Billy Brown. "We're tremendously excited to be bringing the originality and immense talent of Bryan Singer, Tom DeSanto, Dan Angel and Billy Brown to bear on reinventing what was clearly such a pop culture phenomenon," Timberman said in a statement.
The next-generation Galactica will be set after the seventh-millennium time frame of the original series, which ran on ABC from 1978-80. "Our goal is to take the Galactica franchise and move it forward in both style and character, while bringing the scope and sensibility of epic science-fiction filmmaking to the small screen," Singer said in a statement.
Studios USA is a division of USA Networks, which also owns SCIFI.COM and The SCI FI Channel.
Message #414 - Posted Fri, 29 Jun 2001
Another article about the FOX deal
'Battlestar Galactica' Lands at FOX
Fri, Jun 29, 2001 11:55 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - FOX has ordered a pilot of an updated version of the science fiction, classic "Battlestar Galactica." The two-hour pilot from Studios USA is based on the original '70s series.
The project will be directed by Bryan Singer ("X-Men"), who will also executive produce along with partners Tom DeSanto, Dan Angel and Billy Brown.
"Our goal is to take the 'Galactica' franchise and move it forward in both style and character while bringing the scope and sensibility of epic science fiction filmmaking to the small screen," says Singer.
The update on "Galactica" will be set after the seventh-millennium time frame of the original series, which ran on ABC from 1978-80 and starred Lorne Greene as the commander of a battleship of humans fleeing Earth after an intergalactic war.
"I've dreamed of bringing 'Battlestar Galactica' back for over 10 years now and could not think of a better home for it than FOX," says DeSanto.
If picked up as a series, the pilot is would air during the 2002-03 season with Angel and Brown serving as the show's showrunners. In addition, the series would have a shared broadcast window with Studio USA's sister company, Sci Fi Channel.
Message #415 - Posted Fri, 29 Jun 2001
Q&A from Michael Faries
Another re-post from scifi.com, with some questions and answers from Michael Faries concerning today's
announcements. Mike, I hope you are getting all of this for sarahrush.com!
1. Only the pilot has been ordered? Lots of pilots are made that either never air or never develop into series.
FOX needs to see the financial viability of the new series. Two words: "Dark Angel." Telemovie, followed by television series. Big name: James Cameron. Big name: Bryan Singer.
Bottom line: It is likely that the BSG regular series deal-making is (almost) a done-deal, pending the completion of the BSG telemovie. Welcome to the wacky world of television programming. Sell the pilot; sell the regular series.
2. 2002- 2003 season? That means no sooner than Sept. 2002. No mid-season replacement now.
3. If the pilot is to be filmed in two or three months, that means it's going to sit on a shelf for a year.
Actually, filming would start late this year, with pre-production starting soon. I can say no more.
4. Series to be set after the Seventh Millennium? That means the new show takes place in the Eighth Millenium, I suppose. A thousand years after the series, I suppose.
Actually, 20-40 yahrens since the close of the original series, still within the Seventh Millenium. (And remember: Our beloved Colonials age slower than us Thirteenth Tribe folks.) 20-40 yahrens is time enough for the Colonials to settle down, start families, rebuild their civilization and build a foundation for a new set of adventures as the Cylons reappear... ;-) Sounds a tad bit like parts of Richard's trailer, but hey, if they're borrowing from his concepts, it's a *great* way to go, imho.
Keep the letters of support for the original cast coming in. I apologize for being enigmatic, but I'm very, VERY optimistic about the return of various original cast members right now. We do need to continue voicing our support for the new show -- and what we'd like to see.
That's all I can say.
Message #417 - Mon, 02 Jul 2001
NEW interview with the BSG2 producers
A new interview with BSG2 producers Singer, DeSanto, Angel, and Brown was posted this morning. Lots of pics and
other good stuff, so follow the link to see for yourself:
|Here is Sarah's interview with Michael A. Faries about the Battlestar Galactica revival.|
|Read more about the revival at battlestargalactica.com/features/revival/.|
|Many thanks to Michael Faries from Mike, (webmaster); Paul, (website and fanclub president/owner); and Sarah Rush, (you know who she is), for allowing us to put the interview on this site.|
The following is a request from Michael Faries to Battlestar Galactica fans
(re-posted from a re-post in the fan club)
It can also be found in the fan club, message #424.
|How you can have an influence in the new Battlestar Galactica.|
From what I'm seeing/hearing, BSG filming for the pilot episode will take place between November 2001 and January 2002, with delivery of the finished pilot to FOX and Sci-Fi Channel executives by April 2002. (Some of this is public knowledge anyway.) Casting decisions aren't being announced yet. From this perspective, there remains more work before that happens (getting the script finalized, for one).
Right now, it is VITAL that all Battlestar Galactica fans send their support to Tom DeSanto, Bryan Singer and Studios USA for the original characters/cast members (actors) -- and moreso HOW they want those characters to return. I can't acknowledge publicly that any of the original cast are returning. But it's important that fandom signals HOW they want the characters to return.
My questions to ALL of you is simple, straightforward and *important* to ask:
How have these characters aged? Where are they, twenty to forty yahrens since the original series ended?
This question is AS IMPORTANT AS WANTING THE ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS BACK.
Measure your answers against the characters' growth within the Richard Hatch "Battlestar Galactica" novels -- or your own thoughts on how these characters have grown. Are they married? To whom? Do they have children? What/how are they contributing to the fleet right now? Are they true to their former selves, or have they changed completely? Are they war-weary veterans -- or champions against the Cylon menace? Have they chosen new roles, whether in the military command structure, political life, civilian life?
Share your thoughts. Be forthright, bold and honest.
I'd hate to see some of these original actors return to lackluster characterizations. Do you merely want to see them on-screen in token appearances? What level of participation/interaction should they have? How have the characters grown? How are they NOW, within the Battlestar Galactica universe?
Let your thoughts be heard:
I don't think I've asked a more serious question of fans in recent times... and I REALLY hope everyone takes this seriously. Spread the word. It is VERY important. Hear me.
I don't envy Tom DeSanto's mission to bring back the Galactica. He is working with executives from Vivendi Universal, Fox, and Studios USA (and with his own organization) -- ALL OF WHOM have their vision, creative direction, etc. to input. That creates change/flux in the production plans. But tell him what YOU, the fans, want from the characters.
You should be messaging that every single day! You need to make those points LOUD and CLEAR (in a polite way, too). *Focus* on "Battlestar Galactica"!
Comment added by lionhart321:
If I may add, for those who are unaccustomed to reading between Michael's lines, this is his thinly veiled attempt to let us know that Tom DeSanto is requesting this input. Michael DOES have contact with the BSG2 production team (he has their phone number and e-mail address), and I take what he says very seriously. This is not just some silly fanboy exercise. It would be worth the time for the BSG fans in this club to answer Michael's question, specifically in regard to Sarah's character of Rigel. I'll be posting my own response, in the form of a letter to Tom DeSanto, immediately following this message.
If you have any thoughts, even a paragraph or two (don't be overwhelmed by the Tolstoy novel I have written), please share them here, at the revival link above.
Comment of my own (webmaster):
If you want to have input to the new "Battlestar Galactica", now is your chance. Your feedback will be heard. They do want to know what
you are looking for in the new show.
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