Singer to direct ‘Battlestar’ movie

Glen Larson set to produce Universal film

Universal Pictures has set Bryan Singer to direct and produce a feature version of “Battlestar Galactica.”

It’s not clear whether Ronald Moore, exec producer of the recent series, will be invited to write the screenplay, but Singer will clearly put his own creative stamp on the project, as the studio indicates that the film will be “a complete reimagination.”

Glen Larson is aboard to produce.

The original version of the series ran for two seasons on ABC beginning in 1978. Singer had long been intrigued with “Galactica” and flirted with relaunching it into a TV series right after he directed the original “X-Men” (Daily Variety, Feb. 22, 2001). At the time, he was teamed to exec produce the series with Tom DeSanto and to direct the pilot of the new version.

The director got busy on other projects, but he was prescient, at the time calling the Galactica brand “a sleeping giant.” Moore became the executive producer of the 73-episode series, which had a successful run on the then-Sci Fi Channel starting in 2004.

The move negates a prevailing rumor that Singer was flirting with the idea of returning to the X-Men series by taking the reins of “X-Men: First Class,” which focuses on the younger mutant characters seen fleetingly at the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning.

“Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz wrote the first draft of that script.

Singer’s repped by WME and attorney Dave Feldman.

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