The Syfy Channel has just announced a new spin-off series of Battlestar Galactica. The new project will be entitled Blood & Chrome and will follow a young William Adama’s story in the first Cylon War.
The project, if greenlight, will consist of nine or ten ten-minute episodes and will be released online.
Here is the official statement from Caprica and Battlestar Galactica co-executive producer Michael Taylor.
“Blood & Chrome” 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,” according to Taylor.
Taylor also mentions that the new project will make use of the latest digital technology and special effects to depict the Cylon War and the mini-series may even be filmed in 3-D.
“I’ve seen the virtual, 3D version of CIC [‘Battlestar’s’ Combat Information Center] and it’s pretty damn cool,” Taylor said. “And yet the movie isn’t confined to Galactica. Far from it. It’s a story that will take us to new corners of the ‘Battlestar’ world (or worlds), and yet it aims to be a very contemporary war movie in a lot of ways. I would say I’m thinking as much of Afghanistan and Iraq–the reality of ‘Hurt Locker,’ Sebastian Junger’s ‘Restrepo,’ and similar movies–as I am about about the largely implied past of ‘Battlestar.’”
If Blood & Chrome is successful then it will serve as the backdoor pilot for a new television series.
This spin-off sounds a lot more interesting to me than Caprica and will certainly include the spaceships and explosions that have been missing from that program.