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Richard Hatch Shares his thoughts on the New Battlestar Galactica Movie

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:36 AM

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"I think with Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto, knowing how much [they] love the show ... will probably find a way to balance the tone of the show between the original mythology and backstory and the more edgy, darker version of the reimagined that we just did," Hatch told an audience at the recent WonderCon convention in San Francisco. "I think he's going to find a way to balance the two. it'll be edgier, darker, but he still wants to have some of that energy that the original 'Battlestar Galactica' had."

Universal Pictures -- owned by the same company that produced (and aired) the new "Battlestar Galactica" -- apparently believes that as groundbreaking as the new series was, it didn't reach a wide enough audience that would help the show in a box office release, Hatch said. However, the actor said that the original show -- because it reached 65 million people -- would be more accessible to general audiences.

That's a tricky area to talk about, since television viewing in 1978 in a time when cable was not widespread and only three major television networks were on the air is far different from the fragmented viewing that takes place today.


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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:42 AM

So in other words...

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...it doesn't matter how good BSG was, money is better.
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 08:37 AM

Again... they're blowing the same tired smoke. This project has as much of a chance of happening as Santa Claus cooking the Easter Bunny for Thanksgiving dinner (actually, I would consider that MORE likely!). Singer infamously bails on projects, and this thing has been in 'development hell' forever. Singer has the attention span of an over-caffeinated gnat. I heard he has two more projects that have come up since the announcement of the 'new' BSG movie. He'll bail, it'll be dropped, end of story...
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Also, am I the ONLY one that thinks this is probably the worst idea since New Coke? BSG (new) just wrapped LAST YEAR! And although it was the best incarnation of the BSG formula (IMO), it wasn't exactly a ratings monster. It's relative popularity does not justify a big-budget feature film, so it'll only (at best) garner a niche audience. Besides, new BSG didn't leave a lot of room for improvement; it was the best science fiction show in the last 30 years (probably of all time). IMO, of course.
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But again, all of this is academic, because it won't happen. Sorry to pee on any parades, but I'll only believe Singer when the goods are on the table. Otherwise, he's blowing sunshine up our a$$es.
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:02 AM

View Postobsolete toaster, on 31 May 2010 - 08:37 AM, said:

Again... they're blowing the same tired smoke. This project has as much of a chance of happening as Santa Claus cooking the Easter Bunny for Thanksgiving dinner (actually, I would consider that MORE likely!). Singer infamously bails on projects, and this thing has been in 'development hell' forever. Singer has the attention span of an over-caffeinated gnat. I heard he has two more projects that have come up since the announcement of the 'new' BSG movie. He'll bail, it'll be dropped, end of story...
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Also, am I the ONLY one that thinks this is probably the worst idea since New Coke? BSG (new) just wrapped LAST YEAR! And although it was the best incarnation of the BSG formula (IMO), it wasn't exactly a ratings monster. It's relative popularity does not justify a big-budget feature film, so it'll only (at best) garner a niche audience. Besides, new BSG didn't leave a lot of room for improvement; it was the best science fiction show in the last 30 years (probably of all time). IMO, of course.
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But again, all of this is academic, because it won't happen. Sorry to pee on any parades, but I'll only believe Singer when the goods are on the table. Otherwise, he's blowing sunshine up our a$$es.
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Honestly, when I first heard about this project, I didn't believe it and I still don't. And I have to agree with you on it being a bad idea. The whole waiting-until-the-fans-of-the-original-have-finally-warmed-up-to-the-new-BSG thing is beyond stupid. They don't need to go re-imagining the re-imagined series, because let's face it, that is basically what it would turn out to be. IMO, anyway.
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 04:06 PM

Still the stupidist idea this side of planet Stupid.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:02 AM

View Postfang, on 27 June 2010 - 04:06 PM, said:

Still the stupidist idea this side of planet Stupid.

Amen to that. :cylonclap:

Every few years, Glen Larson and Bryan Singer shake this particular cage but nothing has ever come out of it. I remember as far back as the mid-nineties, Larson was "in talks" to do a TOS Pegasus movie for I-Max. Then there was Bryan Singer's aborted 2001 shot, now this.
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I wish the Larson/Singer camp would just get over it and accept (like grown men) that someone else bested their idea (in this case, RDM and David Eick).
TOS BSG was fine in it's day (and I myself still have many fond memories of it), but it's not 1978 anymore, guys. Sorry... :cylonnono:
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 10:59 AM

any rumors of starbuck dirk benedict Casting for the new movie ??
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 12:31 PM

View PostKnightGalactica, on 06 July 2010 - 10:59 AM, said:

any rumors of starbuck dirk benedict Casting for the new movie ??


In all honesty, I haven't heard anything for a while now...
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:41 PM

With the current attitude of Dirk's, I highly doubt it. I love the guy, I just don't like his current attitude towards things.
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 02:47 PM

View PostAphrodite, on 06 July 2010 - 01:41 PM, said:

With the current attitude of Dirk's, I highly doubt it. I love the guy, I just don't like his current attitude towards things.


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Posted 06 July 2010 - 05:20 PM

Even if DB had a role in it, he'd probably bad-mouth it to the press later (like he did after he was paid for a cameo in "A-Team"; that was tacky of him IMO).
I really liked and appreciated DB's Starbuck for the era it was made in (when I was a kid, I was a huge TOS BSG fan), but in all honesty, it just wouldn't work today. It'd be so anachronistic to modern audiences as to be laughable. And reinventing the character for a third time would be not only tricky, but detrimental to the fresh memory of the new series (which only went off the air last year, for gods' sake). I just really don't see what they are allegedly thinking of; redoing BSG so soon after the series wrapped? This just STINKS of 'eau de needless remake'. RDM and co got it so right the last time. Why frak with a good thing?
IMO It'll only sully the memory of the new series.
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Even so, this "third times the charmless" movie won't happen, so I wouldn't sweat it.
I'll believe it when I see the opening credits in the dark with my a$$ firmly planted in a movie theatre seat (which will be about five minutes past never). :cylonnono:
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 02:44 PM

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...but it's not 1978 anymore, guys. Sorry... :cylonnono:


It's not 1980 any more either. Which is a far better thing.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 08:25 AM

Dirk never could have remade himself like Hatch did and been on nuBSG.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 06:43 PM

I think Dirk could have done it... the BULK of Zarak was the writing. The character they are playing is in the script for the most part, not the "actor's/actress'" 100% personal creation.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:07 PM

Perhaps you are right. I do think Dirk would have been more akward than Hatch though.
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:19 PM

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Perhaps you are right. I do think Dirk would have been more akward than Hatch though.

I am a born-again Benedict supporter; he's a humble, generous guy (got to talk to him for a good five minutes or so at Comic Con this year; much longer than a usual meet and greet; and he took his time with EVERYONE that came to see him).
After meeting him in person (finally), and realizing that what's been written about him is probably out of context (he's a jokester; he admits he likes to cause mischief), I think he probably wasn't as violently opposed to the idea as people thought, despite his personal feelings (he DID shoot that BSG promo for SciFi channel with himself and Sackhoff enjoying Starbucks at a Starbuck's; I thought that was cute). I think it was producer-reluctance to seek him out after all of the 'bad press.'
But I have NO doubt as to his ability to play any part they threw at him (his little "Columbo" bit he did for me personally blew me away; and it was NOT just a straight imitation of Peter Falk at all).
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:04 AM

I've always thought that could be his perfect role in the show. But... if he's gimmicking up his persona (I used to do that a LOT) - perhaps for the attention or for his own amusement - he's not doing himself any favours.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:36 AM

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I've always thought that could be his perfect role in the show. But... if he's gimmicking up his persona (I used to do that a LOT) - perhaps for the attention or for his own amusement - he's not doing himself any favours.

Especially in the age of soundbites and media gone insane; one has to be soooooo careful of how you put yourself out there.
Dirk Benedict reminds me a bit of the mischievous uncle who tells tall tales at family reunions; a bit raunchy and outspoken perhaps, but ultimately harmless. But I was impressed at how sincere he seemed to his fans; he took time with EACH one, and I remember him appearing truly moved when he looked at those assembled in the autograph area and said, "It humbles me that so many of you even remember me".

But yes, in the instant media age, one really needs to mind their 'p's and 'q's, sadly. :cylonnono:

Richard Hatch on the other hand, has adapted much better to the 'internet age' and as a result, plays the 'media game' a lot better.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:42 AM

I watched an interview with Whoopie Goldberg recently where she said the same thing. I don't know if there was media outcry in the US over her defending Mel Gibson and assuring people he wasn't a racist or not, but she spoke a lot on the sound bite syndrome in media.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:11 PM

I don't think Dirk should have been Zarek, no. I think he could have been great in the show though... maybe as some religious goofball that would have been at ends with Baltar when he had the little demi-Baltar thing going on.
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