By Jason A. Hill
The cable channel SyFy is developing a new series based on its hit show Battlestar Galactica (2004). SyFy is in the middle of its BSG prequel Caprica, which has just launched its second season, and there appears to still be a big appetite for more from the BSG fanverse.
According to a NBC/Universal press release, the show Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, has been greenlit for production. The reported story will center on a young William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the 2004 series) during the early days of the human war with the Cylons.
The prequel has become a popular way to reintroduce new stories into existing franchises. The original SyFy BGS series is a reboot of the original 1978 TV series starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, that follows the same storyline of the human struggle against their machine counterparts and their search for the plant Earth. “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet – the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top-secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade-long war in favor of the desperate fleet. The Galactica universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and back story,” said SyFy’s Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative, which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, Caprica, currently airing on Syfy.”
“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? Blood & Chrome will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of Battlestar Galactica‘s early seasons.”
– David Eick – Co-Creator of Battlestar Galatica
The success of these shows resonate more as a cult hit, rather than a ratings juggernaut, but I have to hand it to NBC/Universal for keeping the studio open for ideas from this highly underrated franchise. Wouldn’t we love to see this adapted to the big screen?
Jason A. Hill is the Founder, Owner and Editor In Chief of Movies I Didn’t Get.com. He is a film critic and writer of articles and film reviews covering a variety of genres and film news that have been syndicated to many sites in the film blogosphere. He specializes in independent film in the US and Asia.
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