Following the hints they dropped back in March, Syfy has announced they will return to the Battlestar Galactica universe for their next possible series, Batllestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Set in the tenth year of the first Cylon war, the prequel centers around hotshot rookie pilot William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the parent series) as he is assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica.
The order is for a two hour pilot from a teleplay by Michael Taylor, one of the key voices on Battlestar after season three. David Eick will executive produce. The name of Ronald D. Moore, the man who developed the Battlestar re-imagining with Eick, is notably absent from the crew list. He is likely busy with Syfy’s other Battlestar prequel Caprica. Hit the jump for the official announcement.
I think the four seasons of the re-imagined Battlestar were a pretty great (if not entirely consistent) achievement, though that hasn’t been enough to get me into Caprica. In that sense, it’s savvy of Eick to promise “authentic, relentless depiction of combat,” something fans may miss with the Earthbound Caprica.
How about you? If it has the word “Battlestar” in it, does that guarantee your viewership? Or are you content with where the series ended in 2009?
Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20’s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet… the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet. “The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory,” said SyFy’s Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”
“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons,” said Eick. Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.