Who is the Clueless Moron now?

Back in 2004, under the heading "Clueless Morons," I blogged about a group calling themselves the Colonial Fan Force, who took out a full-page ad in Variety clamoring for a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA movie starring the original cast. The ad read, in part: 

Millions of fans still dream of seeing the Battlestar Galactica roam the heavens once more in a big screen continuations of the epic story that began in 1978 with the original cast and characters leading a new generation of warriors

I wrote:

Yeah, right… there are millions, no TENS of millions, of fans clamoring for the return of Herb Jefferson, Laurette Sprang, Dirk Benedict, and Richard Hatch (who is not nearly as powerful an actor as the nude guy of the same name on "Survivor"… nor as successful). I suspect the real audience is about 100 fat guys in their 40s, who at this very moment are busily duping all their Heather Thomas videos onto DVD..

[…]I am always amused by the losers who spend their comic book money on pointless ads like this (or, worse, the ones who publish a synopsis of, or excerpt from, their unsold screenplays)

[…] the folks at "The Colonial Fan Force" urge the readers of Variety (most of whom are entertainment industry professionals) to write writer/producer Glen A. Larson and Tom DeSanto, a guy who once tried to launch a movie version of the TV show. This shows just how little the people who paid for this ad understand about how the business works…and even sillier when you consider the SciFi Channel is already in the midst of shooting a new "Battlestar Galactica" TV series from NBC/Universal Studios with an all-new cast led by Edward James Olmos.

And that was the nicest thing I had to say about the Colonial Fan Force. 

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the joke is on me. Today Variety reported that Universal, Glen A. Larson, Bryan Singer and Tom DeSanto are mounting a feature film version of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA that will be a "complete re-imagining" that is unrelated to the recently wrapped series.

While this isn't the reunion the Colonial Fan Force was clamoring for, and it's happening after the end of the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series, and it isn't the result of a letter-writing campaign, it is a feature film and it's likely to be closer to the original series than the SciFi Channel series was.

So who is the clueless moron now? It looks like it is me.

5 thoughts on “Who is the Clueless Moron now?”

  1. I don’t think you were CLUELESS or a MORON. The NEW movie is not the OLD show and neither does it have the original cast, lovable as they are although with limited career success. I really enjoyed the original show and I loved the concept but I just never ACHED to see a movie version. Mannix, The Wild Wild West, The Addams Family, Get Smart — these shows struck a cord. I’ll go see the movie but I’m hoping it’s better than the series, not a repeat.

  2. It was a pleasure to donate to the CFF effort.
    Yeah, I’m one of those “losers.” Nevermind the dedication and effort to uplevel and re-ignite interest in the original Battlestar Galactica series. Name-calling aside (and life accomplishments which put me at the opposite end of the spectrum from “loser”), you’re forgiven.
    But bear in mind: Tom DeSanto hasn’t been announced on this project yet. Although MANY fans would LOVE to see that. After all, following the events of 9-11 (which killed the FOX production efforts), Tom worked tirelessly to keep the effort going.
    One hopes that he’ll be involved.

  3. Cant’ wait to see the film! We forgive you. We’ve been called worse that clueless morons by the new shows “sophisticated” audience. It’ll be interesting to see how the new shows fans react to going through exactly what we went through a few years ago.

  4. Yeah, but Singer and DeSanto were going to do this way back in 200. It was in production for almost a year before getting shelved. That was two years before you called them clueless morons. So shouldn’t the joke have been on you one minute after you released your venom on them.
    Anyway, at least you’re capable of self deprecation, which is a lot more endearing than calling people names.


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