Although originally announced almost two years ago, as part of last night’s press event, the SCI FI Channel has finally given the green light to Caprica the Battlestar Galactica prequel/back-door pilot, with production planned to start this Spring. Read More for the full press release.
SCI FI GIVES ?CAPRICA? THE GREENLIGHT
Two-Hour Backdoor Pilot for ?Battlestar Galactica? Prequel Series To Begin Production this Spring
New York, NY ? March 18, 2008 — As the Peabody and Emmy-winning original series
Battlestar Galactica heads into its fourth and final season, SCI FI Channel has greenlit
production on Caprica, a two-hour Battlestar backdoor pilot prequel from executive
producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. Production on Caprica is slated to begin
in Vancouver this spring.
?We couldn?t be more excited to see this long-anticipated project get off the ground. It?s
an amazing script, and, though clearly inspired by the Battlestar mythology, it is not just
a pale spin-off. This is a smart, thought-provoking, emotional, and compelling character
drama in its own right,? said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original
Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families ? the
Greystones and the Adamas ? as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of
the 12 Colonies. Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and
robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe.
Caprica will deliver all of the passion, intrigue, political backbiting, family conflict and
hardcore action that always leaves Galactica fans begging for more.
?I’m thrilled with the chance to expand on the Galactica world and get deeper into the
origins of the story we’ve been telling,? said Moore. ?It’s also great to have a chance at
doing a completely different kind of science fiction series, one that’s even more
character-oriented and doesn’t rely on pyrotechnics to carry the story.”
?While Caprica will have its own personality, it will carry on Battlestar?s commitment to
pushing the boundaries of the genre, and we’re thrilled that SCI FI has seen fit to giving
us another opportunity to tell character-driven stories in challenging ways,? added Eick.
?We’ve assembled a true dream team to produce this exciting project,” said Universal
Media Studios president Katherine Pope. ?Building on the brilliance of SCI FI’s
Battlestar Galactica, we all know Caprica will be a critical and commercial success.”
Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), Caprica
is co-written by Moore and Remi Aubuchon (24), and will be directed by Jeff Reiner
(Friday Night Lights). Universal Media Studios will produce.
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