The finale of Syfy’s flagship military science fiction television series, Battlestar Galactica, aired March 24, 2009. In December 2009, the Paley Center for Media screened the premiere of Caprica – a BSG spin-off series that serves as a prequel to its predecessor. At the event, Tubefilter’s Drew Baldwin spoke with BSG creator and executive producer, David Eick and asked whether we can expect to see a Caprica web series. Eick’s response? “It’s a possibility.” Today we learned it’s much closer to reality.
According to Marueen Ryan, an online BSG series dubbed Blood & Chrome is in the works. Written by BSG and Caprica co-executive producer, Michael Taylor, the show will revolve around the experiences of a young William Adama during the first Cylon War. In the words of Taylor, B&C is “about a young man’s initiation into war: both the realities of war as fought by soldiers on the ground (and in Battlestars and Vipers), and the somewhat less real version portrayed in the media.”
If greenlit, B&C will consist of nine or 10 10-minute episodes all shot using green screens and virtual sets. Ryan notes that high-tech scans were made of all the original BSG sets, “so that the special-effects team will be able to re-create them (possibly even in 3D).”
B&C is also set to become the second online show to come out of the BSG franchise. In December 2008 and January 2009, Syfy released the The Face of the Enemy. Written by Jane Espenson and Seamus Kevin Fahey, the 10-episode web series took home a number of Streamy Awards and is a must-see for anyone who knows the meaning of frak.
The BSG powers that be seem to very much enjoy the creative freedom offered by the web. In his interview with Ryan, Taylor went onto explain, “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.”