The network’s Battlestar Galactica prequel has been hurtling through space in various incarnations since Syfy decided last March not to go forward with the pilot for a potential series. Instead, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome debuted as a weekly web series on the Machinima Prime YouTube channel, garnering around 8 million views. The network is now following through on its promise to give it an airdate, setting February 10 from 9-11 PM for its world TV premiere as a two-hour full-length movie. The Universal Cable Productions pic will include scenes not included in the online release, and it will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on February 19. Blood & Chrome is set during the first Cylon war and centers on young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino). David Eick is executive producer along with Michael Taylor, who wrote the teleplay from a story by Taylor, Eick, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. All are veterans of Syfy’s original Battlestar series. Jonas Pate (Caprica) directed.
UPDATED: Four high-profile pilots have found directors. Mark Romanek is in negotiations to helm Fox’s Locke & Key, Jace Alexander is set to direct USA’s Eden, Jonas Pate has come on board to direct Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, while Jim Sadwith has closed a deal to direct TNT’s untitled Allan Loeb pilot.
Based on the comic, Locke & Key, from 20th TV and writer Josh Friedman, is set in a mysterious New England mansion. This marks the TV debut of Romanek, who started off as a music video director. His feature credits include One Hour Photo and this year’s Never Let Me Go.
Eden, from Universal Cable Prods. and writers Ken and Mary Hanes, centers on a resourceful young concierge at an elite NYC hotel. ICM-repped Jace Alexander has become the go-to pilot director for the NBCU cable networks. He directed the pilots for USA’s hits Burn Notice and Royal Pains and Syfy’s hit Warehouse 13. He recently directed the pilot Three Inches, which is in contention for a series pickup at Syfy.
The two-hour Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a Battlestar Galactica spinoff about the young years of Ensign William Adama, hails from Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick and Universal Cable Prods. WME-repped Pate most recently served as co-executive producer-director on Syfy’s Battlestar prequel Caprica.
SyFy is going back to the Battlestar Galactica well. After launching prequel Caprica, which is now airing the second part of its first season while awaiting word on a second-season pickup, the cable network has greenlighted a two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome or BGBC how it will probably be known in the Battlestar fan universe. The pilot, about the young years of Ensign William Adama, hails from Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick and Universal Cable Prods. and will involve CGI and virtual technology. Here is more from the network’s announcement: