According to the Chicago Tribune and blastr.com, the SyFy channel is currently developing a new Battlestar Galactica online series that will revolve around William "Husker" Adama during the Cylon War! The series will be called Blood and Chrome, and it looks like this is going to be a pretty big production. There will be around 10 episodes that run 10 minutes long each. Here are all the details we have for now.
According to Mark Stern, Syfy's executive vice president of original programming and the co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, "Battlestar Galactica" and "Caprica" co-executive producer Michael Taylor will write the the script for the new venture.
"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.
"Blood & Chrome" would consist of nine or 10 episodes of nine or 10 minutes each, and it would make use of cutting-edge digital technology and special effects to depict the Cylon War. If it is greenlit to production, it will be filmed using green screens and virtual sets, not unlike Syfy's "Sanctuary" or James Cameron's "Avatar." Before "Battlestar Galactica" ended, high-tech scans were made of all the show's sets, so that the special-effects team will be able to re-create them (possibly even in 3D).
Here are some more details from the Chicago Tribune. Michael Taylor told them the following,
I've seen the virtual, 3D version of CIC ['Battlestar's' Combat Information Center] and it's pretty damn cool, 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.'
I know it's just an online series, but it actually sounds very cool, and worth watching. Who knows, if it turns out being a great series, bigger and better things could follow. For an online series they are really putting in a lot of work and money into it. I can't wait to see what they come up with.
What do you all think about the new Battlestar online series?