This week on Blu-ray a Best Picture favorite comes to home video, the second season of an incredibly addicting HBO series hits HD, and a classic Pixar title finally gets a Blu-ray release. Briefly:
Hit the jump for special features details on all of the aforementioned releases.
Executive produced by David Eick, the first two chapters of Blood & Chrome have premiered on the YouTube channel, Machinima Prime, with new episodes being added each week, until November 30th. This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war, as the battle between humans and the robotic Cylons rages across the 12 colonial worlds. Gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet – the Galactica – but he quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, Coker (Ben Cotton). Once those 10 episodes have all been made available, a two-hour movie will air on Syfy, sometime in the first quarter of 2013, with a release on DVD/Blu-ray on sale on February 19th.
During this recent interview about the unique new project, executive producer David Eick talked about how this was always intended as an online project, planning out the entire story arc, having future ideas already developed for further episodes, what it’s like to produce a series like this for the web, why Battlestar Galactica/Caprica executive producer Ronald D. Moore is not involved this time, how big of a role the Cylons will play, and the relationship between Adama and Coker, while actor Luke Pasqualino talked about how grateful he is for this opportunity, his auditioning process for the role, and finding the emotional core of his performance while being surrounded by virtual sets and green screen. Check out what they had so say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
It looks as if the long-awaited Battlestar Galactica prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is finally getting released. The series takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war and centers on a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) as he’s assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. The show was commissioned following the immense critical success of the Battlestar Galactica series, but word on the show was nearly dead until Syfy announced earlier this year that they would not be picking the show up to series.
There’s a silver lining, though, as the pilot will be broken up into ten 7-12 minute episodes that will be released online starting this week. The full two-hour version will then air on Syfy early next year, followed by the release of an unrated version on Blu-ray/DVD. Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer.
It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions for Battlestar Galactica fans today. Earlier we saw a truly fantastic trailer for the long-in-the-works prequel series Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome cut to Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song” that was so expertly used in the Dragon Tattoo trailer. Fans have been waiting in vain for some kind of sign that the series still exists since the two-hour pilot was greenlit in 2010. Soon after the wave of excitement over the trailer peaked, Syfy decided to crush our dreams and announce that they won’t be moving forward with the series after all. Hit the jump for more.
More goodness is still coming out of WonderCon along with our great interviews as the first trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome premiered at the pop culture convention and has now made its way online. The 2-hour pilot from SyFy looks to be pretty impressive and takes a cue from the trailers for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for its fast-paced, music driven tease.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet. Watch the impressive trailer after the jump!
As the TV industry plows through development season, four potential new series just landed directors for their respective pilots. First, Mark Romanek, director of the much-buzzed about Never Let Me Go, will direct the pilot for the series adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic book Locke & Key. Combine his talent behind the camera with producers Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and writer Josh Friedman and it sounds like we’ve got one hell of a series on the way.
Hit the jump for news on the pilot directors for three more forthcoming series in development.
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.