Battlestar Galactica funs are buzzing after an impressive trailer for a new prequel of the series premiered at WonderCon. Although the trailer was pulled from YouTube with SyFy executives stating that it was not an "official" trailer, its debut prompted SyFy to break their silence about the series. Rumors of another installment of the Battlestar Galactica line have been circulating for some time, especially after the cancellation of Caprica, which was another Battlestar Galactica spin-off. Syfy confirmed that they are working on a prequel, called Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, that will focus on the early years of the Cylon war. As exciting as this may be, Syfy also confirmed that the series will only be available online.
Perhaps the low ratings that led to the cancellation of Caprica have factored into the decision to not bring Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome to television. Mark Stern, the President of Original Content for Syfy commented, "Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned. We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended; a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen."
Although fans will have to head to their computers to watch Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Stern claimed that a pilot movie for the series will be made and shown on the SyFy television network "at a later date." The pilot and series are said to be filmed using reconstructed portions of the old Battlestar Galactica set. Michael Taylor, the project's executive producer, said in 2010 that it would be filmed in 3D.
Luke Pasqualino, best known for his role on Skins, is set to play the lead, William Adama. Ben Cotton and Lili Bordan are also billed as part of the cast.
Fans of Battlestar Galactica are excited for this new branch of the story, but are left feeling a bit disappointed that it will not air on television. Keeping the show web-based may prevent the show from reaching popularity, which would inhibit the progress of the show.
Syfy has not confirmed a release date for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.