Despite pitiful viewership for the recent BSG spin-off series Caprica, Syfy is fully intent on pushing forward with yet another spin-off. TV Squad reports that the network has greenlit the previously announced Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. The project, which would focus on a young William Adama — set 20 years after the events of “Caprica” and 40 years before the events of “Battlestar Galactica” — was originally announced as a online series this past July (see related story).
Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming says the decision was made to move forward with a TV movie — which could serve as a series pilot — after a strong script was turned in by Caprica co-creator Michael Taylor:
“When we read Michael’s script, it was so clearly a full-blown pilot for a series,” Stern said in a Thursday interview. “The scope is fantastic and bigger, I think, than anticipated, so we said, ‘Let’s do it as a 2-hour backdoor pilot.’ … We’re trying to get up and running as soon as possible.”
“This is very much an action-adventure, war series,” Stern said. “This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight. … As you hope ‘Battlestar’ would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit… but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they’re fighting.”
Nico Cortez, who played a young Adama in the ‘BSG’ movie “Razor” is expected to be a part of the casting process, but isn’t a luck for the lead. Production on the pilot is expected to get underway in Vancouver, Canada in early 2011. The show wouldn’t air until fourth quarter 2011 at the earliest, but more than likely not until early 2012.