Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Is Destiny Beckoning Director Bryan Singer in Another Direction?


Director Bryan Singer has recently abandoned a "Battlestar Galactica" theatrical film for a third time. (The first time in 2001, the second time in 2009, and the third time in 2011.) If I were a career counselor, I would note that Bryan Singer seems to no longer have the energy to direct theatrical films, and is instead beginning to aim his fledgling self in the direction of the "made for television movie."

Did the "Battlestar Galactica" theatrical film (he announced his intentions to do in October 2011) scare him? Did the scope of such a production scare him away? Whatever the reasons, his full attention is now focused exclusively on "The Munsters" television movie for NBC-TV. The physical appearance of this situation looks like he abandoned a much more elaborate, epic in scope, and daunting project ("Battlestar Galactica")...for a much smaller, more intimate, easier to deal with, and less headache induced project ("The Munsters".)

Now, there is nothing wrong with this. There is nothing wrong with being a "television movie director." I'm not knocking it. Some of my favorite television movies were directed by Brian Levant (the live action Scooby Doo movies) or starred actress Gail O'Grady (I just love her to pieces.) But, maybe it's time for Bryan Singer to admit that this is the direction he would prefer to go in after abandoning the daunting "Battlestar Galactica" film for the easier to deal with "The Munsters" remake.

"ABC Family" and "Nickelodeon" are always making "television movies" for children. They primarily make television movies during the Halloween and Christmas seasons. I really believe that Bryan Singer's calling in life (and is better suited) to ultimately direct children's movies for both of these fine channels. Because when you think about it, after directing "The Munsters" for NBC-TV, it wouldn't be a career stretch for Bryan Singer at all to move on over to "ABC Family" and "Nickelodeon."

The television movie has a faster and tighter production schedule, a smaller budget, and would probably be better suited to handle Bryan Singer's ever wandering attention span and keep it in check because the television movie demands the immediate attention of directors right now, not the attention of theatrical directors nine months from now while a script is being written. Which seems to have been Bryan Singer's problem with "Battlestar Galactica."

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