This morning I sat down for a video interview with Admiral Adama himself, Edward James Olmos. We were chatting about The Plan, the Battlestar Galactica movie that tells the events of the first two seasons of the show from the Cylon point of view; Olmos directed the movie, which weaves in lots of footage from the original series alongside brand new stuff that fills in gaps and answers some questions you didn’t even know you had.
Olmos said that the internet leak of The Plan may be a big problem for the franchise, since he believes that if the DVD – on sale tomorrow (click here to buy it from CHUD) – does well, there will be more stories to tell in the Ron Moore version of Battlestar Galactica.
Now, that seems a little far-fetched, as the series finale really wrapped things up pretty well. But if you listen to the commentary on The Plan you’ll hear writer Jane Espenson say that this was only one of three BSG movies that were pitched; because most of the writers had moved on only one could be made. So there are still two more Battlestar stories floating around out there.
One of them may have become the comic book Battlestar Galactica: The Final Five, written by friend of CHUD Seamus Kevin Fahey. The series (collected in a trade you can order here) tells the story of how the Final Five invented resurrection technology and began the whole big mess. But even if that was one of the movies pitched, that still leaves another BSG concept floating in the ether.
You have to assume that Ron Moore and friends would have strike while the iron was hot, before the supposed re-reboot movie comes from Universal and especially before the actors get way too old, as the end of the series really caps off most of their stories in a fairly definitive way. Or could a new movie pick up after the highly controversial finale?
Normally I would ignore this sort of stuff coming from an actor, but Olmos has long been involved with the creative direction of the show. He may be plugged in enough to make his comments carry some weight.
What do you think? Would you like to see more Battlestar Galactica? Or do you think that the finale did a solid job of wrapping it all up? Weigh in on the message board.