Is This The New GALACTICA?? Syfy Greenlights Bryan Fuller’s LOTUS CAVES Pilot HIGH MOON!!
Bryan Fuller, the “Star Trek” writer who went on to create “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies,” is on fire at NBCUniversal.
His NBC Lecter series “Hannibal” already has a 13-episode midseason order, his hourlong NBC Munsters pilot “Mockingbird Lane” is shot and looks headed to series – and now his long-in-development “High Moon” (based on the trippy 1969 John Christopher science fiction novel “The Lotus Caves”) has been greenlit to pilot by Syfy.
The book, set in 2068, is about a pair of moon-dwelling teens who stumble upon a hiding, sentient non-human outside their biodome.
The highly visual, effects-friendly pilot script, which struck me as a cross between “Dead Like Me” and “2001,” has me more excited than any other Syfy project since “Battlestar Galactica.”
Find Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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Aug. 3, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST
by Adam Jones
What ever happened to Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome? Had that been put on hold or is Syfy going forward with it?
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST
But that would have made too many people happy, so they didn't.
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST
Last I heard, Blood and Chrome was pretty much shelved. They discussed a possibility of doing it as a web series, so who knows. I would've at least liked to get a TV movie out of it, even if they didn't do a series. I loved the BSGverse.
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST
Doubtful. Sci Fi got LUCKY with Battlestar. They spurn out mainly junk. We need HBO to do a Sci Fi series!!
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST
And I didn't even realize Blood & Chrome got cancelled.. That sucks. It would have been entertaining at least.
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST
as others have said, syfy has become pretty much a shit network. i haven't watched a single thing on there since stargate universe and caprica got cancelled. honestly, BBCAmerica is more of a sci fi channel than the syfy channel is. it's sad. i mean seriously, they can't even get reruns of sci-fi shows anymore?
Aug. 3, 2012, 2 a.m. CST
'The highly visual, effects-friendly pilot script,.....' <- That right there should tell you everything your need to know of how SyFy(ois) will fuck this up.
Choices aplently of how to do tthis: -They could let it run through the first season and split the season in 2 and air the second half a year and half after the first half just to sell DVDs. -They could cancel it midway =no, make that quraterway through the first season and leave the story hanging after fucking any interested fans over. -They could develop and produce the Pilot and then cancel it before it ever airs after making and boneheaded decision to make it a web-exclusive series.......and fucking fans over. -Better yet, they could beak and BSG: Blood and Chrome land record and cancel it even before they do a pilot...........and fuck any potential fans over. SyFy. Their tagline should be:- 'Get attached to any of our programs at your own risk. We will most likely fuck you over'
Aug. 3, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST
It really captured my imagination - it has a strange, trippy quality to it that is very seductive.
Aug. 3, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST
im gonna throw up now..because i already know what my reaction will be when watching the first episode.
by Balkin Flabgurter
sad, sick and very disappointed. I hope i am so so so so so so wrong.
Aug. 3, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST
by DC Films
Aug. 3, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST
This is the same author of The Tripods, thought that was a greenlit trilogy last time I looked. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441811/ Any news on this?
Aug. 3, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST
when syfy announced they were passing on blood and chrome. you could sum it up as, "syfy has found a cheap alternative to genre programming using a reality based model that it currently produces." there isn't a hope in hell for this bryan fuller series at syfy unless he can make the show for under 500k an episode.
Aug. 3, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST
I remember reading the series was going to be no go, but they were moving ahead with a mini-series/TV movie. If that got shelved, then frak Syfy. Gotta leave money in that budget for the next big show like "Haunted Dumpsters" or "Paranormal House Hunters".
Aug. 3, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST
I enjoyed it but I have no wish to go back to see it again. the later series were a bit of a let down. Baltar reduced to a bit part etc. the mystery of the unknown robots and the ridiculous reveals that really made no sense except to provide a big surprise for it`s own sake. The movies were pretty bad and with Caprica cancelled I just assume the interest isn`t there except in the most rabid fans.
Aug. 3, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST
Supposedly that was headed to pilot as well.. then... nothing.
Aug. 3, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2012, 9 a.m. CST
Surely this Fuller pilot would be at least on par with Warehouse 13 or Pixie girl or whatever the hell its called. Eureka got a few seasons more than it deserved. You BSG guys saying things can't get made or will get cancelled are just sour grapes crying over spilled milk.
Aug. 3, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST
Hollywood is mostly made up of the guys that start 2nd tier boy bands. It's like how every couple years that shit becomes cool again and then a bunch of sleazy fucks all come running out of the woodwork to capitalize on something they didn't see coming.
Aug. 3, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST
Aug. 3, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Hugh G Rekshun
...in the description, I knew I would not be watching this.
Aug. 3, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST
by Rod Dickington
First, he died earlier this year. He was a good man and a very underrated writer. Second, the Tripods is in development hell. Third, he has a number of books that should be looked at for movies like "A Wrinkle in the Skin," "No Blade of Grass," and "World in Winter." Wrinkle was very much a prototype for "The Road."
Aug. 3, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST
by warren bishop
As I go through the channel listings and I see the programs on SyFy: "School Spirits", "Destination Truth", "Ghost Hunters", "Fact or Fake" (or something like that), "Megasaurus Spring Break Shark Attack" etc.- I am often reminded of "Bamboozled". I wonder if there's some exec at SyFy channel that's trying to get fired - so they can get out of their contract, and is trying to do so by creating the worst programming imaginable. That has to be the answer - or there are two execs that have an ongoing bet as to who can produce the biggest pile of crap. It's got to be something like that. @hugh g rekshun: I knew I wouldn't be interested at 'greenlit pilot at Syfy'; however if that hadn't been enough to dissuade me, 'teens' would've done it.
Aug. 3, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
The brand has been spoiled. http://tinyurl.com/bvhauqk
Aug. 3, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST
Thank God. That one-trick pony needed to be put down.
Aug. 3, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST
by Kyle DeMattio
And that was back when the network was still known as Sci Fi!
Aug. 3, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST
by Hairy Nutsack
B&C was cancelled because they got pissed off that the (awesome) trailer was shown at WonderCon 2012 without their permission or knowledge. I am not kidding, they are that fucking childish.
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST
The Tripods Trilogy Books (not the prequel) is better source material for a TV series, in fact it already was one.
Although it had a rather low budget and 80's style Dr. Who like effects, it was a good show. Too bad it never got past City of Gold & Lead.
Aug. 3, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST
There was a "No Blade of Grass" film from 1970. From what I remember it's not too bad.
Aug. 3, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
by warren bishop
In my previous post - I mocked SyFy for their awful programming; yet they remain in business - so obviously their shows are getting ratings. Who's watching "Ghost Hunters", "Destination Truth" etc?
Aug. 3, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST
Caprica had no direction until the end. Blood and Chrome was straight forward and the story all BSG fans wanted more. They wouldn't have killed the franchise if they led with B&C instead of Caprica.
Aug. 3, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST
Using HD plates of the Galactica set as a CGI background, with the whole show shot in front of fucking greenscreen?? That's like an insult to fans of the amazing BSG. It's a shame Caprica wasn't given a 2nd season (it got interesting once they realised what was working and what wasn't) and that SyFy have gone to shit.
Aug. 3, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST
I don't think they said for sure, but I would guess it was because of low ratings from Caprica (which I also really liked). They probably thought if that didn't catch on, Blood and Chrome wouldn't either.
Aug. 3, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST
Just re-read Tripods this year. It's a good series, although a little quaint by today's standards for young adult novels. Unfortunately, JC's books aren't in e-book format yet, at least here in the US. Copies of the tripods trilogy (the set) aren't that easy to come by either.
Aug. 3, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST
I thought they were making another remake. I think it was also going to be in SyPhy. Or maybe a move? Don't remember.
Aug. 3, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST
Is this (and correct me if I am wrong) the guy that also scripted the best episodes of Heroes first season, including the killer Noah Bennet episode Company Man??!?!?!?!?
Aug. 4, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST
by Wyrdy the Gerbil
was indeed made into a film ,it pulled no punches in the everythings gone to hell department as well...one thing that i remember well is the haunting theme song by Roger Whittaker
Aug. 4, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST
by Hairy Nutsack
I know it sounds ludicrous, but they cancelled B&C because Kevin Grazier (science consultant for both BSG and B&C) took an unauthorized trailer to Wondercon and they lost their shit.<p> <p> Siffy tried their damnedest to take control of BSG from Ron Moore, and occassionally they got their way. For example: one of their constant demands were standalone episodes that they felt were new viewer friendly, and so shitty episodes like Black Market and The Woman King were born. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Ron was tired of fighting them so he voluntarily killed the 5th season and truncated the last two seasons into season 4 so he could end the show his way. The rapidly accelerated pacing of season 4 is painfully obvious. They allied with the Cylons in like half an episode, but that was necessary to keep up the pace.<p> <p> Fast forward to B&C, and Siffy loses control of B&C before the show has even aired. So they killed it before the FX were complete because they are a bunch of giant control freak bitches. FACT!
Aug. 6, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST
by The Llama
BSG was disappointing, but the honor you mention goes to Lost.
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