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Syfy developing online BSG spinoff Blood & Chrome

Syfy is developing an online series called Blood & Chrome that will follow a young William Adama during the first Cylon War. “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica” co-executive producer Michael Taylor will write the screenplay for the series:

According to Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming and the co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica” co-executive producer Michael Taylor will write the the script for the new venture.

“Blood & Chrome” is “about a young man’s initiation into war: both the realities of war as fought by soldiers on the ground (and in Battlestars and Vipers), and the somewhat less real version portrayed in the media,” according to Taylor.

The online series will consist of nine or 10 episodes at 10 minutes each if greenlit. Taylor told the Chicago Tribune that the show would make use of digital technology and special effects to depict the Cylon War (and possibly be done in 3D):

“I’ve seen the virtual, 3D version of CIC [‘Battlestar’s’ Combat Information Center] and it’s pretty damn cool,” Taylor said. “And yet the movie isn’t confined to Galactica. Far from it. It’s a story that will take us to new corners of the ‘Battlestar’ world (or worlds), and yet it aims to be a very contemporary war movie in a lot of ways. I would say I’m thinking as much of Afghanistan and Iraq–the reality of ‘Hurt Locker,’ Sebastian Junger’s ‘Restrepo,’ and similar movies–as I am about about the largely implied past of ‘Battlestar.'”

If successful, the series could potentially act as a backdoor pilot for a new TV show. It’s unknown if the online spinoff would star Nico Cortez, who played a young Adama in the “Battlestar Galactica” movie “Razor” (shown in the picture above).

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