March 22, 2012

Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood and Chrome ditched by SyFy

Spinoff Online has the story:

Initially envisioned as a 10-episode webseries, Blood & Chrome made the jump in October 2010 to full-fledged television pilot, chronicling the adventures of a young, brash William Adama (played by Skins star Luke Pasqualino) during the10th year of the First Cylon War. In contrast to the other Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, Blood & Chrome relied heavily on special effects — in addition to the battle scenes, many of the sets were virtual — leading delivery to the two-hour pilot to be delayed until last November.

Since then, Syfy executives apparently have been trying to iron out a workable budget for such an effects-reliant project before ultimately determining there’s no way to make it work as a television series. However, the cable channel there’s still a chance Blood & Chrome could return to its roots, airing as a webseries.

Makes sense to me; the original 1979 Battlestar series, after a huge debut, quickly fizzled as its reliance on FX at the expense of story was just too much. That, and do we really care what happened in the Cylon Wars now? We know its outcome, after all. The Star Wars prequels, you may argue, are similar; however, there's always a chance for Star Wars sequels, too. No such luck with Battlestar. Its ultimate conclusion was already [lamely] played out.

Posted by Hube at March 22, 2012 06:23 PM | TrackBack

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