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Kevin Smith to Helm "Battlestar Galactica" Episode?

Forget about film. Director Kevin Smith is a very, very, very busy man these days... in television.

The Clerks creator recently announced that he will write and direct the premiere installment of the Heroes spinoff limited series, Heroes: Origins, and he directed the pilot to the new CW dramedy, Reaper, this past spring.

So what's up next for the notoriously foul-mouthed director? Smith will helm an episode of Sci Fi's superlative drama Battlestar Galactica, apparently.

In an interview with AOL's TV Tattler, Smith says that he'll do just that:
"I'm going to go up and direct an episode of Battlestar Galactica, which I'm kind of stoked about. It's cool, but it is scary because it is like, "What the f---? I can't bring anything to that show." That show is genius and they have a very distinctive visual style. But you are safe as a kitten. If you go in there and say, "I'm going to shoot everything in one big master shot," they'll go, "No you're not, because that is not what we do on Battlestar Galactica." I guess it is more about performance-oriented stuff, but at the same time that cast is top notch. How do you f----- direct Mary McDonnell?"
I'm excited about the news. I just hope the results are more along the lines of Clerks or Chasing Amy (albeit in space with, well, deadly Cylons) rather than, say, Jersey Girl. But that's just me.


Matt said…
I actually liked Jersey Girl, but there's a time and place for that kind of movie and I don't think Battlestar Galactica is one of those places.
rockauteur said…
There is a reason Kevin Smith didn't direct The Green Hornet project and why he says he hasn't directed an action movie - BECAUSE HE CAN'T DIRECT!!!! He is a a decent director on "talkie" movies that are all set in one location., but he a hack otherwise. Then again, series directors don't really do too much once the visual tone of a show is established... so I don't even know what he is bringing to the table
ticknart said…
He'll bring many a two shot tp the show.
Anonymous said…
Like we need the famous Kevin Smith gab-and-walk two-shot on BSG. I get why the high-profile directing announcement but BSG should be better than this. Hated Reaper, by the way.
The CineManiac said…
Matt, I'm with you Jersey Girl was a great little movie although I'll admit I love chick flicks.
Justin, The people behind Heroes and BSG aren't morons. There's obviously something they've seen the makes them think Smith will be a great fit with their shows. I haven't seen Reaper yet, but only hear great things about it (except for geekchick) and I have to believe they've seen the show and think he's proved himself enough to manage on these huge series.
Of course I'm biased as I'm a huge Smith fan and am truly excited about all his TV work.
Jace Lacob said…
I'm reserving judgment. I do like the majority of Smith's work (though not "Jersey Girl" by any stretch of the imagination) and my *major* problems with "Reaper" were more do to with the writing than Smith's direction.
I thought the Reaper pilot was horrible so I'm definitely wary of him taking on Battlestar.
The CineManiac said…
Seriously people have more faith in the people behind BSG. If Smith messes it up, they'll fix it. Seriously have some faith.

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