11:37 am - 10/22/2010

TV Squad Exclusive: Syfy Gives the Greenlight to Young Adama 'Battlestar' Spinoff

A few months ago, the Syfy network commissioned an online series called 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,' a chronicle of the war experiences of young William Adama.

The network liked Michael Taylor's script for the project so much that Syfy will air 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' on the network as the pilot for a possible young Adama TV series.

Mark Stern, Syfy's executive vice president of original programming and the co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, said the network hoped to begin production on the pilot in Vancouver in early 2011.

"When we read Michael's script, it was so clearly a full-blown pilot for a series," Stern said in a Thursday interview. "The scope is fantastic and bigger, I think, than anticipated, so we said, 'Let's do it as a 2-hour backdoor pilot.' ... We're trying to get up and running as soon as possible."

'Blood & Chrome' won't air until the fourth quarter of 2011 at the earliest, Stern said, but an early 2012 debut sounds more likely, especially if the network decides to go forward with a full series. Given the project's origins as an online project, expect lots of Web extras as well.

Fans missing the Battlestar Galactica itself -- the valiant old ship that housed Adama, Starbuck, Apollo and the rest -- will get to see it once again, or a version of it, in the new show. High-resolution digital scans were made of all the 'Battlestar Galactica' sets before they were torn down, and those scans will be used in the new project, which, like Syfy's 'Sanctuary,' will employ cutting-edge computer effects to supply virtual sets.

"It's an opportunity to 'see them before they were famous,'" Stern said of 'Blood & Chrome,' which takes place roughly 20 years after the events of 'Caprica' and about 40 years before the events of 'BSG.' "Here's the Battlestar Galactica as a brand-new, shiny ship -- well, not shiny, but as a new ship that had just been commissioned. What was that like?"

The Adama of 'Battlestar Galactica,' as so memorably played by Edward James Olmos, was a capable military commander leading the fight against the Cylon race under almost impossible conditions. Ensign William Adama of 'Blood & Chrome' is newly minted Viper pilot, one who goes through a challenging experiences on a difficult mission.

"This is very much an action-adventure, war series," Stern said. "This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight. ... As you hope 'Battlestar' would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit... but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they're fighting."

"Your way into the story is a young William Adama who is not the grizzled old veteran we have come to love in 'BSG,'" Stern noted. "This is someone who is more like us, in terms of coming into this with certain preconceptions and learning as you go. ... It's very much about relationships along the way. I think ultimately the arc of the pilot and of the series is about getting Adama to be who you came to know in 'BSG,' but it's also about the deep relationships he forms. And I don't think there are any deeper relationships than the ones you form in life-or-death situations."

In a July interview, Taylor, a 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Caprica' co-executive producer, said 'Blood & Chrome' was 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."

Ronald D. Moore, 'BSG's' executive producer, was "in the room" when the 'Blood & Chrome' story was conceived; Stern called him the "godfather" of the project. However at this time, Moore, who has a deal with Sony and is developing projects like 'The Wild, Wild West' there, has no official role on 'Blood & Chrome.'

Given that a full-blown series, if one is ordered, might not go into production for a year, Stern said the hope is that Moore might be able to come on board if 'Blood & Chrome' goes forward beyond the pilot. David Eick and Taylor are executive producers and Bradley Thompson and David Weddle are producers on 'Blood & Chrome'; all are veterans of 'BSG.'

Stern said actor Nico Cortez was "great" as young Adama in the 'BSG' movie 'Razor,' but it is not certain that he will take the lead in 'Blood & Chrome.' "I'm assuming there will be a full casting process for this pilot, but with Nico at the top of the list," Stern said. There's also a chance that we'll meet younger versions of other 'Battlestar' characters or people connected to either that world or to 'Caprica,' but the new project would try to do those things with "a light touch," Stern said.

Asked if 'BSG' composer Bear McCreary would do the music for 'Blood & Chrome,' Stern said no deal had been struck be he "couldn't imagine" the project without a McCreary score.

For 'Caprica' fans wondering what all this means for their show, Stern noted that 'Blood & Chrome' was developed separately from the other 'Battlestar' spinoff, which is in the midst of airing season 1 episodes now.

"To be really categorical about it, this is not about finding something else so we can get rid of 'Caprica," Stern said. "I don't know the fate of 'Caprica' yet, but, if anything, 'Blood & Chrome' going to series would only be a great opportunity to pair it with something.'

Stern said the decision on whether to give 'Caprica' a second season would be made no later than Nov. 15.

A few more clues about the 'Blood & Chrome' story follow. Look away if you'd rather not know them.

'Blood & Chrome,' which takes place in the tenth year of the Cylon War, follows Adama, a recent Academy graduate, as he and a rookie pilot take a female character on an important mission. There's a potential love interest for Adama in the story, but the pilot is basically about that mission, which, if successful, could turn the tide of the war.

Source: TV Squad
gheyman 22nd-Oct-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
do want!
abbichicken 22nd-Oct-2010 04:16 pm (UTC)

I really, really want more Caprica.
earenwe 22nd-Oct-2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I want more good Caprica.
tw_31988 22nd-Oct-2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
srsly Syfy? after that shitfest called Caprica?
radname 22nd-Oct-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
caprica has gotten sooooo much better
oohasparklie 22nd-Oct-2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
No, it hasn't. It's the first show I have ever ditched after watching a full season. It's really, really bad. And pretentious on top of it, which is a terrible combination.

Glad you like it though. Someone needs to.
radname 22nd-Oct-2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
the season isn't even over..........................
flowerings 22nd-Oct-2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
The season hasn't ended yet.
oohasparklie 22nd-Oct-2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
? They made us wait almost a full year after half a season? WTF?
flowerings 22nd-Oct-2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
oohasparklie 22nd-Oct-2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Well, that makes me feel even better about dropping it.
evett 22nd-Oct-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
I was hoping that Caprica would eventually lead us into the Cylon war storyline and maybe take a time jump so we could see young Adama, Tigh & Starbucks mom in the army.
watchsnowfall 22nd-Oct-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Blood & Chrome? Lol borrowing from Spartacus: Blood & Sand, are we?
tw_31988 22nd-Oct-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
seasons_of_mist 22nd-Oct-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
idk, not a fan of any TV show having more than one spin-off. Even if it is one I adore.
radname 22nd-Oct-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
not mad, will probably watch, love the BSG universe.
tw_31988 22nd-Oct-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)

...don't tell me their over 40...
pretty_fits 22nd-Oct-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
They didn't say Apollo and Starbuck are in the show. They were talking about Galactica.
tw_31988 22nd-Oct-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
ohhhh, i misread it. hehehe
pretty_fits 22nd-Oct-2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Haha, no problem.
pretty_fits 22nd-Oct-2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
YES! I'm sorry, I do not care about pre-Cylon war Caprica. I want ships, and explosions.
kaelstra 22nd-Oct-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Who is that actor?
drbat 22nd-Oct-2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Nico Cortez.
foreverrhapsody 22nd-Oct-2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
YAY! So excited.

I hope we get to see glimpses of the 12 Cylon models in the show. How cool would that be?
drbat 22nd-Oct-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
I was actually ticked off at the Adama flashbacks in Razor. I wanted more Helena Cain, dammit.
oohasparklie 22nd-Oct-2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Well let's hope it's better than Caprica...that show is godawful.
albion1919 22nd-Oct-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
jadedshock 22nd-Oct-2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
eh leave BSG alone. it was great, but doesn't need all these additional shows. it had a nice bookend feel. also, it's like star wars - if it's not the original cast why bother at this point.
cathartic_prose 22nd-Oct-2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
!!!!! having anything on my TV that starts with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA again has my heart jumping for joy.
and young adama. yes please.
flowerings 22nd-Oct-2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
I am still waiting for a Caprica renewal.
varhan 22nd-Oct-2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
they already have a BSG spinoff on air, its called stargate universe.
egalitarianmuse 22nd-Oct-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Do not relate that abomination to BSG. Take it back!
egalitarianmuse 22nd-Oct-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Only want if a young Laura Roslin can be in it somewhere.
cruel_april 22nd-Oct-2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh God, make my heart swoon why won't you. *Admiral/Madam President forever*
moulinette 22nd-Oct-2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Battlestar Galactica was my favourite TV show EVER, but I couldn't get into Caprica, so fingers crossed this is better.

But I hate when things BSG related don't have Gaius and Six... I miss them so much. They were the fiercest characters in that universe. The characters in Caprica are bland.
i_am_sydbristow 22nd-Oct-2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
we already have a young Adama in Caprica, a show which has disappointed me. How did a gangster father raise such an exemplary character?

Well...I hope this BSG spinoff is better than Caprica.
rpduckie19 22nd-Oct-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
love BSG, like Caprica most of the time... but dnw.

BSG is gorgeous on its own, even with missteps like "Black Market." STOP. Plus, I like Bill Adama as a grizzled war vet. Or as a tool for his gangster uncle. Eh, Razor Flashbacks were enough and they were honestly not that fascinating.
shadowpiranha 22nd-Oct-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm in. I love Adama, and I tried Caprica but in all honesty I'm more about the spaceships and the war. Even if I love origin stories and how things came to be as they are. I'll give it another shot, but I'm a lot more excited about Young Bill Adama. Even if the subtitle is lame.
sihaya09 22nd-Oct-2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
If it doesn't have Starbuck, I'll probably watch it out of geek loyalty while secretly being bored out of my mind. You know, like Caprica.
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