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23 Mar 12 Syfy Passes On ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’; TV Movie Will Still Air

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After receiving over 100,000 views in 24 hours, a leaked trailer for Syfy’s new space drama Battlestar Galactica: Blood Chrome has eager BSG fans chomping at the bit for the series to air. Unfortunately, after much deliberation, Syfy has decided not to air the Battlestar Galactica prequel as a regular series – but there is still hope for a TV movie and a digital series.

In January, Syfy’s President of Original Programming Mark Stern stated that he and the network were “trying to figure out the economics right now” and that a solution would be figured out soon.  Now it seems that the economics were not worked out in the way Stern had intended, as the network has decided to pass on the project as a regular series, but is leaving it open for the possibility of a digital airing.

In a statement made this week, Stern gave fans some insight into the decision:

 “Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned.” Stern goes on to say, “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”

Originally intended as a web series, the Battlestar Galactica off-shoot was later greenlighted for a two-hour TV pilot back in October 2010, but was subsequently pushed back due to intensive post-production and special effects issues. The pilot stars English actor Luke Pasqualino ( UK Skins) as a young William “Husker” Adama, a fresh academy graduate entering the tenth year of the First Cylon War on the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet, The Galactica.

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As far as the leaked trailer goes, NBCUniversal quickly ordered it removed from YouTube and other sources, saying it was not an official trailer – but not before it went viral. Even with swift action, the trailer can still be found if you know where to look. Outside of a digital series, Universal Cable Production, which produces Battlestar Galactica: Blood Chrome, has not completely ruled out shopping the project to other television networks.

Fans of the successful 2004 re-imaging of Battlestar Galactica, and its not-so successful spin-off Caprica, were really excited at the prospect of  Galactica and her crew making a triumphant return to television. The recent news concerning Blood Chrome is bittersweet, as there is still a slim chance the Cylon space drama might go on in the form of a web series.


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22 Mar 12 ‘Blood And Chrome’: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Spinoff Not TV Becoming Series

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Fans of “Battlestar Galactica” hoping to see a young Adama kick some Cylon butt will have to wait a bit longer … and turn to their computer screens.

After a trailer for “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” — Syfy’s much buzzed about, long-delayed “BSG” prequel — leaked at WonderCon, Syfy finally broke its silence on the project.

“Though the vision for ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood Chrome’ has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned,” Mark Stern, president of original content at Syfy and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Productions, said in a statement. “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”

Luke Pasqualino, who played Freddie from the U.K. version of “Skins,” was cast in the iconic role of William Adama. Edward James Olmos played the part in Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica.” “Blood and Chrome” takes place roughly 20 years after the events of “Caprica” and about 40 years before the events of “BSG.”

News of the spinoff first broke in 2010,
and though it was originally a web series, talk quickly turned to making it a prequel TV series.

“It’s an opportunity to ‘see them before they were famous,’” Stern told HuffPost TV’s Maureen Ryan in October 2010. “Here’s the Battlestar Galactica as a brand-new, shiny ship — well, not shiny, but as a new ship that had just been commissioned. What was that like?”

No date has been announced for “Blood and Chrome’s” online debut.

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22 Mar 12 ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’: Despite that cool trailer, spin-off …


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After the one-season demise of Caprica, Syfy quickly greenlit the pilot of a new Battlestar Galactica spin-off prequel. Subtitled Blood Chrome, the series was to focus on the first Cylon war, with a special focus on the formative war years of Bill Adama. The project had mostly disappeared, with rumors that it was being converted to a web series, until an impressive-looking teaser trailer started making the rounds on the internet after WonderCon. (NBC Universal has since pulled the video from YouTube.) The video resembled the trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, right down to to the use of Trent Reznor’s version of “Immigrant Song,” and featured all of the robo-hunting spaceship-exploding action that the cerebral Caprica notably lacked.

Alas, a rep for Syfy tells EW that the trailer was not officially sanctioned. And in a statement from Syfy President of Original Content Mark Stern, the network indicates that even though the pilot movie will air on the network “at a future date,” the plan is still to go web-based: “Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned.  We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen.”

Although it’s unfair to be skeptical about anything this early in the process, it’s hard to imagine a web series reaching the operatic heights of the lauded BSG reboot. Which means this is bad news for anyone hoping for an extensive return trip to the universe of BSG, and good news for everyone who thinks prequels are fundamentally a bad idea.

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21 Mar 12 Battlestar Galactica Prequel Blood & Chrome Debuts Trailer

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It’s been a while — a long while — since we last heard anything about Battlestar Galactica: Blood Chrome, a prequel to Ronald D. Moore’s acclaimed reimagining of the 1970s space opera. It had been so long, in fact, that many had begun to wonder whether the story of the young William Adama during the first Cylon War had merely disappeared into the development fog at Syfy.

But the first trailer debuted over the weekend at WonderCon and has now made its way online, providing us with our first look at the effects-heavy drama, the slightly off-putting virtual sets, and Skins star Luke Pasqualino as Adama, curiously set to the tune of “Immigrant Song” (presumably so we’ll see the shots of the arctic planet as the words “We come from the land of the ice and snow” play).

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.

(via Ain’t It Cool)

  • GAH! where did it go?!


    found another one on youtube. does it bode poorly if its disappearing already?

  • I loved BSG, but was bored by Caprica. I am really excited to get a new space sci-fi show. However, I hate the music in the trailer.  I eventually muted the sound; I didn’t really lose anything since there’s no sound effects or voice.

  • Show looks great, but the music is terrible.  I hope the actual series has Bear, or another composer.  My only real question is, in which episode will young Adama’s face be horribly scarred?  Also, is Adama fighting an alien?  Olmos would not approve.

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18 Dec 11 Doug Drexler Gives an Update on Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome Prequel …

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Image has a two-part interview with Doug Drexler. It is mostly about his work on Star Trek (TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise), but he also gives an update on Blood and Chrome. Here is the excerpt.

Your current project is the pilot Battlestar Galactica:
Blood and Chrome. How did that go, and in what ways, technologically
speaking, does it push the envelope?

Drexler: It’s huge. I worked with Gary Hutzel, who once again is our
visual effects supervisor. He is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. We
had a blast. In one very important way it was different from anything
else I’ve ever worked on. The entire show was green screen. There were
no sets. This happened because of the shape of the economy. Building
sets for a television show like TNG or the last Battlestar Galactica is
just prohibitively expensive. No one wants to take that chance.
Besides, the way the networks have been doing business lately, it’s kind
of bizarre. They’ll cancel a show after one episode. If a show doesn’t
perform right out of the gate, they cancel it. In the day when you
thought a show would be kept on the air for a year, you might take a
chance because you think it will develop an audience over time. With the
current network mindset, there’s no chance of building an audience,
when after one or two episodes, it’s canceled. It’s just impossible. So,
they want make a show as inexpensively as possible, so if it’s canceled
after one or two episodes, no one gets their head chopped off.

That certainly upped the ante on Blood and Chrome and put a lot more responsibility on you…
Drexler: Oh, yeah. And we love it. That’s where we live. The way things
used to be, on DS9, Enterprise or Voyager, we’d get a shot list, and
we’d stick strictly to the shot list. You’d do your job and they’d plug
the VFX sequences in. Now, on Blood and Chrome, with the visual effects
department building practically the entire show, we naturally have
broader responsibilities. We’re not just creating a plug-in visual
effect… a ship flying from left to right. We take an active part
telling the story. We’re art-directing the show, and building the sets.
It’s very fluid and adaptable. We’re lighting and framing the shots as
well. Every scene the actors are in, the DP on stage is lighting, but
once we get it, we create the atmosphere and the visual direction. That
all falls to us. We’re practically producers, because we’re responsible
for so much.

What’s next on the Blood and Chrome front?
Drexler: We’ll see whether or not it goes to series. We’re hoping it
does, and we should know in February. Decisions are never made over the

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01 Dec 11 What’s happened to Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome?

Back when the plug was pulled on Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, there was the solace for BSG fans of a new series in development. This, too, would be set before the days of Battlestar Galactica, would be entitled Blood Chrome, and would apparently be a bit more action-packed than Caprica. That’s, presumably, partly in response to the fact that one of the key criticisms of Caprica was that it was too dense, too concerned with backstory, and that not enough happened (as it turned out, not an entirely fair criticism).

Blood Chrome was first announced as a web series, back in the summer of 2010. That was at a point when Caprica was still live and kicking. The original plan was to make nine or ten episodes, of ten minutes each in length, to premiere online. The focus of Blood Chrome would be on a young William Adama, and his adventures during the first Cylon War.

Michael Taylor, co-executive producer on the remodelled Battlestar Galactica television series, was hired to write scripts for Blood Chrome, and the idea was to shoot the episodes using virtual sets, based on the long-dismantled BSG sets that were digitally scanned before being taken apart. “We’re not going to be shying away from R-rated blood and guts and sex”, Taylor told the Chicago Tribune at the time.

Fast forward to October of 2010, and the news got better. Not only was Blood Chrome pressing ahead, but Syfy had now ordered a full TV movie pilot off the back of the script work that Taylor had undertaken. There was a fairly strong hint, too, that a brand new spin-off television series might follow.

The announcement that Caprica was cancelled came in the same month, but that didn’t seem to dampen Syfy’s enthusiasm for Blood Chrome. If anything, it might have contributed to the decision to upgrade it to TV. It’s hardly going out on a limb to suggest that Syfy would have liked Caprica to run for several years, and to replicate the success of BSG, but if that wasn’t going to happen, then perhaps Blood Chrome would be a safer bet.

The pilot for Blood Chrome, then, went before the cameras earlier this year. Filming began on the two-hour pilot in February 2011, and it’s fairly safe to assume that it was in the can a few weeks afterwards. Appreciating that there would be some sizeable post-production work, Blood Chrome’s TV movie should, realistically, have been finished by now, or as near as dammit.

So where is it, and what’s happened? As it turns out, those are good questions.

The basics first. We’ve yet to hear that Syfy has scheduled Blood Chrome for airing, nor have we caught word of preview screening reports. As things stand, we couldn’t tell you when to expect to see it.

However, back in August, AOL TV reported that Syfy, having viewed an early cut of the TV movie (albeit one without most of the visual effects in place), was now considering reverting the show back to a web series.

Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been viewed as a good sign. Appreciating that the plan seemed to be to treat the TV movie as a pilot of sorts, that does of course mean that – as with many pilots – there’s no guarantee that it will be screened. But it’s discouraging that it appears to be giving Syfy cold feet.

The AOL report quotes Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming, as saying that there was still the possibility that Blood Chrome might be aired as a ‘backdoor pilot’, but conclusions drawn from the piece were not generally that positive.

Since then? Pretty much radio silence.

The most recent report came from Airlock Alpha last week, which itself commented on the fact that the show hadn’t appeared. Noting the official line that the show “has been hampered by post-production problems”, it casts doubt on that. So much so that it’s spoken to Doug Drexler, who is doing effects work on the show, and the site reports that the “special effects for Blood Chrome are not only done, but they look amazing”.

And yet the show is still firmly off the radar.

The suspicion is that, for one reason or another, Syfy is reluctant to proceed. This may be down to quality or budget reasons, although given the criticisms aimed at the reality-slant of Syfy’s original programming mix, it may simply be that the show doesn’t fit the direction of the channel any more. That’s idle speculation on our part, certainly, but there’s little sign of Blood Chrome seeing the light of day in the immediate future.

Perhaps we’ll hear more about it in 2012. But you have to wonder: are BSG’s days on the small screen numbered? At least until the Bryan Singer-directed movie presses ahead?

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