PRESS TOUR: Update on 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome'

Saturday, 07 January 2012 05:24 PM Written by 


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PASADENA, Calif. -- Casting for Syfy's proposed prequel series "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome" was announced a year ago and the pilot episode filmed at least six months ago.

Set during the 10th year of the Cylon war, the new series would follow rookie fighter pilot William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, "Skins"). (Photo not from "Blood and Chrome")

This proposed series sounds promising on paper after the disappointment of "Caprica" but so far not a peep about its prospects for going to series.

Is the project dead? Read more after the jump. ...

"No not at all," said Syfy original programming president Mark Stern. "We're trying to figure out the economics right now. I love it but we're trying to put various things together to see how we're going to get it made. My hope is we get it figured out."

The pilot episode was produced by David Eich ("Battlestar Galactis"), directed by Jonas Pate ("Friday Night Lights") and written by Michael Taylor ("Battlestar Galactica").

Stern acknowledged by normal standards it might seem like Syfy execs have been sitting on the show for a long time but he said it took months of post-production work to get it ready. Executives only saw a first cut of the pilot in November.

"It's done almost completely on green screen," he said. "What I love about it is we're applying this idea of virtual sets on a whole new level. We took photos and digitized all the 'Battlestar Galactica' sets before we struck them. So when you see two actors walking down a hallway, they're [really] walking down a green hallway and then we put photo-real shots of hallways and CIC and all the sets we had behind them."

Stern said the pilot was a good test to prove the technology could be used in series, although he acknowledged it will likely take a year to get the show on air after it's ordered due to the amount of post-production work that will be required on every episode.

Stern wasn't sure how much longer he has the actors under contract but he thinks it's a few months.

"Now that we're back from the holidays I'm just waiting to get some foreign [financial] numbers in because we're both the studio and network on this," he said. "I'm hoping to make a decision [about whether to order it to series] in the next month or so."

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