Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Blood & Chrome": The Agony And Ecstasy Of Human-Cylon War

As Sneak Peek first reported July 27, Syfy has now given the greenlight to "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" from Executive Producer David Eick. for Universal Cable Productions, shooting a 2-hour pilot in Vancouver.

"...'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 20's 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..."

"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", said Syfy's Mark Stern.

"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," said Eick.

Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

Taylor said "Blood & Chrome" will be about "...a young man's initiation into war: both the realities of war as fought by soldiers on the ground and the somewhat less real version portrayed in the media..."

The series will comprise 10 episodes @ 10 minutes each, with green screens and virtual sets using high-tech scans made from the original "Battlestar Galactica" sets in Vancouver.

"But the movie isn't confined to 'Galactica'," said Taylor. "Far from it. It's a story that will take us to new corners of the 'Battlestar' world and yet it aims to be a very contemporary war movie in a lot of ways...We're not going to be shying away from R-rated blood and guts and sex. Because this is initially meant to air online, we pretty much have no restrictions in that department."

If the series takes off, it will serve as a 'backdoor pilot' for a Syfy TV series...

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Birth: Cylon"...