Universal Studios is effortlessly movng into "3 strikes and you're out" territory with "Battlestar Galactica." At least as far as any theatrical project is concerned. Theatrical projects announced in 2001 and 2009 both never came to fruition. And their theatrical project announced on October 17th, 2011 with Bryan Singer (once again) slated to direct shows no signs of existence presently, 6 months later.
It doesn't take an Albert Einstein or a Stephen Hawking to decipher what has been and is going on here. Universal Studios hates "Battlestar Galactica" (plain & simple), particularly the only true "Galactica" series that aired in 1978.
Whether 3 consecutive derailed theatrical projects indicates deliberate self-sabotage of the "Galactica" property by Universal Studios I'll let the readers of this blog decide. Personally, I believe it does.
Science Fiction -
NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" is anything and everything except Science Fiction programming. What it is instead, is their personal corporate dumping ground for every rotten programming idea that strikes their fancy at any spontaneous moment in time. Crime drama movies from the "USA Film Vaults", a cooking show, wrestling...you name it.
The unanimous opinion of NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" is that it is a quite vocal and openly declared staunch enemy of Science Fiction television programming both past and present. My personal opinion being that Science Fiction television programming is "too cerebral" for NBC-Universal, Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern to deal with. So they made such programming their mortal enemy. And it's much, much easier for them to put "junk" on the air as opposed to programming requiring some thought and imagination. Their collective work days are much, much easier by merely putting "junk" on the air.
Is NBC-Universal doing any better in producing Science Fiction, theatrical movies on a regular basis? Nope. Nothing comes up on their radar in this area as well. Not even the success of J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" reboot in 2009 has motivated Universal Studios to try and be competitive. They are repeatedly unwilling to come up with a "Battlestar Galactica" theatrical film in order to compete, or any other Science Fiction type film of any sort. As for any type of ongoing series of Science Fiction type movies as Paramount Pictures is doing with "Star Trek", forget it. Universal Studios lacks the commitment and the drive to do so.