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Battlestar Galactica: SyFy Passes On New Series

Posted March 22, 2012 - By Joseph Baxter

Battlestar Galactica: SyFy Passes On New Series

It appears that the upcoming (and mysterious) new franchise entry, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will NOT be appearing on SyFy as a series.

The big brass at the channel, which carried its series predecessors has apparently passed on the project, which recently had some test footage leaked as a "trailer" that was actually met with much acclaim from the fans. (Which would subsequently be taken down in mass with furious vengeance.)

So, what happened with this franchise revival and does it still have a future?

In the leaked trailer, (which isn't hard to find, but taboo to post,) the show declared itself a "game changer," showing a fiery, reinvigorated BSG franchise that was ready to blow you away. 

Well, it looks like that fire was snuffed just as quick as it started, as Mark Sten, SyFy president of original programming would deliver the bad news in a statement.

However, before disappointed fans ready themselves to tell Stern to "go frack himself" the exec would give a glimmer of hope when he revealed that it could still live on (as it was originally conceived,) as a web series:

"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."

The pilot, which has already been shot, will still be shown as a 90-minute TV movie to be aired at a date yet to be determined.

Developed by modern BSG visionaries, David Eick and Michael Taylor, fans who saw the leaked footage got to witness the early years of the war against the rebellious automaton Cylons through the eyes a fresh-faced William Adama, famously portrayed by Edward James Olmos, now played by Luke Pasqualino.

It was a definite return to an intense, explosive action formula. However, unlike the organic sets of the fan-favorite Battlestar Galactica series of the 2000's, the action seems to mostly occur in front of blue screens; a less-costly method.

Thus, considering that it already seemed to be budgeted enough, it will be interesting to see if there is enough financial incentive to pursue the "web series" option. On this, Stern said they were "trying to figure out the economics right now."