‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ Not Picked Up to Series
Sunrise, sunset. Whereas earlier today the bad-ass WonderCon footage and trailer of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel “Blood & Chrome’ exploded across the internet, fueling speculation that viewers would once again enjoy a regular series, now Syfy has chimed in on the definitive plans for the project. It’s not frakkin’ good.
In spite of the buzz generated by the trailer making its way around the internet earlier, Deadline TV reports that Syfy has decided not to order their feature-length pilot of ‘Blood & Chrome’ to series, meaning ‘Battlestar‘ fans will have to keep dreaming of seeing Cylons on a regular basis.
Instead, Syfy president Mark Stern says, “We are actively pursuing [Blood & Chrome] 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.” Bummer. However, Stern clarifies, “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.”
Whenever and however it debuts, ‘Blood & Chrome’ serves as a prequel to the re-imagined ‘Battlestar Galactica’ proper, highlighting the early years of the Human-Cylon war, in which a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) operates as a fighter pilot. The series is the second attempt to prequel-ize ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ after Syfy series ‘Caprica’ told the story of the Cylons’ creation, lasting only one season before cancellation.
‘Blood & Chrome’ was green-lit for a pilot in October 2010, but didn’t deliver the finished product to Syfy until November 2011 because of lengthy post-production and effects. In spite of Syfy’s decision that the economics of taking the pilot to series weren’t sound, producers Universal Cable Productions may still shop the project to other networks.
Frak, ‘Battlestar’ fans! Even though it won’t go to series on Syfy, ‘Blood & Chrome’ still looks to be an awesome addition to the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ canon based on the earlier footage, and at least the pilot got made period. Will you check it out when it airs on Syfy, or are you too frakkin’ upset? Vent your Cylon rage in the comments below!