BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME Launches In Four Days!!
Looks like those of us with computers will be seeing “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” this coming weekend!
Machinima Prime will -- between this Friday and February -- slowly roll out ten "chapters" ranging in length from seven to 12 minutes.
These chapters will all be cobbled back together into a 2-hour movie airing on Syfy sometime next year.
The project is a sequel to "Caprica" and a prequel to Ronald D. Moore's SciFi Channel version of "Battlestar Galactica."
Scripted by outer-space TV vet Michael Taylor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Virtuality,” “Caprica”), the movie stars Luke Pasqualino (Freddie in the original “Skins”) as the young fighter pilot William Adama, a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica.
Adama finds himself at odds with his superior, Coker, played by former “Hellcats” regular Ben Cotton (“Stargate Atlantis,” “Harper’s Island”).
UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS’ HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME
TO PREMIERE NOVEMBER 9 EXCLUSIVELY ON MACHINIMA,
LAUNCHING A THREE-TIERED WINDOWING STRATEGY
INCORPORATING ONLINE, TELEVISION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT
FROM THE AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS AND VFX TEAM BEHIND
EVENT STARS LUKE PASQUALINO (“THE BORGIAS”) AND BEN COTTON (“ALCATRAZ”)
LOS ANGELES – November 5, 2012 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) will launch for the first time a three-tiered windowing strategy including online, TV and home entertainment, for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a spinoff of the blockbuster Battlestar Galactica series franchise. Fans will first view Blood & Chrome when it premieres exclusively on Machinima’s premium channel, Machinima Prime (YouTube.com/MachinimaPrime), beginning November 9. The initial online debut introduces the latest segment of the revered TV series franchise to a new generation of fans while also launching the multi-platform strategy.
This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset. Lili Bordán (Silent Witness) also stars.
Universal Cable Productions’ partner in the launch is Machinima, the next-generation video entertainment network for young males, and the number one entertainment network on YouTube. Each Blood & Chrome chapter will premiere exclusively on Machinima Prime (http://www.youtube.com/MachinimaPrime), Machinima’s premium channel, which has garnered over half a million subscribers in 3 months, and among other young male centric content, features original series in the sci-fi, drama, comedy, sports and animation genres.
Leveraging cutting edge CGI and virtual set technology, Blood & Chrome is produced by Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal, and the award-winning producing team of Battlestar Galactica. David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) is executive producer along with Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), who wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Bradley Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies). Blood & Chrome was directed by Jonas Pate (Prime Suspect, Caprica).
“With its top-notch storytelling, pulse-pounding action, and cutting-edge visual effects, Blood & Chrome is the perfect extension of the Battlestar Galactica universe,” said Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. “We are thrilled to see this hotly-anticipated event premiere on Machinima, an online network that is unparalleled in its delivery of high-class digital content to millions of viewers.”
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will be presented as ten, 7-12 minute episode chapters available exclusively on Machinima Prime until February 2013, followed by its premiere as a 2-hour movie on Syfy (airdate TBA), and finishing with the release of an unrated version on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download, PPV and VOD. The series will remain on Machinima through April 2013.
“The storied Battlestar Galactica franchise has a huge following and resonates perfectly with our audience,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Machinima, Inc. “We are thrilled to be the exclusive distributor for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Series fans have been anticipating this chapter of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome story and we are proud to deliver it to them, as a whole new audience on Machinima, reinforcing Battlestar Galactica’s status as a pop culture icon.”
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA and Alphas, Defiance and Warehouse 13 for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
Machinima is the dominant global video entertainment network for young males. The number one entertainment channel on YouTube, Machinima serves over 2.25 billion video views a month, and reaches over 210 million viewers monthly. Machinima’s global content network is the best place for gaming content. The network features official publisher content, gameplay videos, scripted series, and original content, including original weekly shows, all aimed at the coveted 18-34 year old male demographic. Machinima is fast-becoming a global phenomenon with an ability to capture a cultural sensibility and awareness among a next generation of entertainment consumers and marketers alike. The company is backed by MK Capital, and Redpoint Ventures, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
For more information, please visit www.Machinima.com
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Nov. 5, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST
Too bad it never made it to series. At least they are showing it.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
by ames prather
... a lot of fun. I hope they bridge the two generations well. ??Pseudo?? Out.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST
I hope this is good enough where the fans will be loud enough to get this to series. The trailers look amazing.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST
...Edward James Elmos commented one time that Galactica could be seen as a prequel to Blade Runner. It happened before and it will happen again. In Blade Runner, our future, it is happening again. I found this interesting, and thought, why not make a sequel series set in our future, perhaps whatever survivors we are following this time encounter the descendents of the Cylons that were allowed to go free at the end of Galactica as they journey through space. Maybe they have evolved to be ascended, energy beings of unlimited power, showing how the supernatural beings in the original Galactica remake were actually a form of Cylon from a previous cycle
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST
I think we need a completely new epic (yet with a beginning and an end) sci-fi series on TV. And not a copy of BSG or Lost or whatever. Is there ANY concept we haven't revived lately?
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
THE CGI IS A WEE BIT TOO CARTOONISH BUT I'M LOVING THE COLOR SATURATED COMIC BOOK STYLE CINEMATOGRAPHY!!!
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST
THE CGI IS A WEE BIT TOO CARTOONISH BUT I'M LOVING THE COLOR SATURATED COMIC BOOK STYLE CINEMATOGRAPHY!!!FACT!!!
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST
Is this the new "direct to vhs"?
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST
I'm not really a fan of webseries any way. Less than ten minutes then "Tune in next week!" or NEXT MONTH! No thanks, that's like one long ass commercial break
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
SyFy did not commit to picking up the series so this is the pilot chopped up into a "web series" ... they shoulda gone for a different production design
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST
Crappy CGI. If it was any good they wouldn't be chopping it up and spoon feeding it to you in small doses like chocolate covered shit.
Nov. 5, 2012, 8 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST
Be nice if the presentation on SyFy ends up proving there's still an audience. Maybe SyFy would reconsider picking it up as a series.
I never got into Caprica, since I couldn't stand the main protagonist or her father, but I'd love to see a more....well...aggressive series like this go into production. Without a Star Trek, B5, BSG, or other series in production right now, outer space TV sci-Fi is a barren wasteland right now.
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST
Just because fans were too intelligent not to dig into the Caprica crap, why torpedo this one? I gotta believe they don't think they can produce it for a profit.
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST
by johnnyg korrupt
could of at least had the original cylons from the 80s tv show
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST
Why else are they not making it a series?
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST
It's the simple fact that Caprica did not give BSG fans what we wanted! Instead of a drama based on an outer-space action/suspense scenario, we were given a story about a ton of unsympathetic characters living on a planet not that far removed from present-day Earth ... and the only action bits in sight were when a busty teen pretended to be a samurai warrior in "the Matrix." Caprica's pilot was pretty good, as was its finale. But the meat of the story always felt like filler. And that's not good. Personally, I feel Caprica was a colossal failure. And it doesn't help knowing the back-story behind the show was "more women, more realistic environments, and less space stuff" from the higher-ups at SyFy.
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
To help wipe out the memory of the worst ending in the history of filmed science fiction.
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST
maybe that's why it got turned into youtube videos
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST
Who do I petition to get this to series? This looks incredible. So did every other preview I saw for it too. How can this fail? Oh, and Raptor_jesus, I agree, that ending to the original series was one of the worst endings ever.
Nov. 5, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST
God did it...
Nov. 5, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST
I remember when the SCI FI Channel had shows like "Lexx", "Farscape", showed all-day old-school BSG, "Six Million Dollar Man" and was all about, you know, SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. These days, they appear to be about wrestling shows and pulling in as many reality TV idiots as possible. Between horrible shit like "Haunted Collector", "Hot Set", those insanely bad "nature run amok" movies they produce and whatever Canadian content programming they got the cheapest at AFM, the channel is a lot less like "SCI FI" and a lot more like "TBS with more aliens". Sad that, out of all the "specialty channels" that sprung up at the dawn of basic cable, like TVLand, Sci-Fi and Cartoon Network, the only channel to keep true to its own intent is Comedy Central, even though a fair share of its "comedy" is pretty lousy.</p><p> I think this show had potential, but it was never gonna work out on SyFy, not in between "Ghost Hunters" and "WWE Smackdown!" Maybe the Science Channel, even though many would argue that "Firefly" should get first consideration.
Nov. 5, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST
by Leto III
...It was right after the Comcast/Universal merger went through in early 2011 that this entire project was killed by the new corporate management (despite actually having gone into full production at that point). Thanks, Steve Burke. Thanks so fucking much.
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST
PROFOUNDLY itchy as I am to see this, that channel is dead to me. I will wait till the blu ray, which I will make it a point to purchase from the Amazon Marketplace or somesuch. Unlike a battered spouse, I will not reward that channel for its miserable, undeservedly-continuing existence by directly contributing to its garnering a cent of profit from me. That being said: this looks BAD-ASS!!
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST
i interviewed for a finance job a couple of years ago at nbc for a spot that would've included covering syfy... while i realize that caprica was not universally well-received, when i made mention that i liked caprica after the interviewer, an svp, asked me if i was familiar with any of their programming (i thought it was a leading question, what with all of the bsg posters hanging on the walls), his answer to me was quite literally, "you're the only one!" our discussion went further, but bottom-line summary all these "reality" shows cost next to nothing to produce and brought in high ratings (why, i will never understand), whereas a fully fleshed out sci-fi drama with decent cgi had to be a knockout hit to be able to sustain itself on the schedule... it's a small miracle we got 4 seasons of bsg given these parameters (albeit spread out over much more than 4 years)! if anyone remembers, the original plans for caprica were for it to be on network television, but that's generally been a black hole for sci-fi shows as well (V, sarah connor chronicles, bionic woman, many others...)
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST
Thx for sharing, and your story frames what I have suspected for some time. I work in TV news and while at a large family dinner, people were asking about my job and at the same time mentioned that they love coverage of car accents, murders and extreme weather. The conversation then migrated to whatever reality TV was popular at the time... It made me grind my teeth. It saddens me.
Nov. 6, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST
I am praying that this doesn't suck. I love Battlestar old and new but am going in with zero expectation as Syfy are clowns. Fingers, toes and penis crossed though.
by Bradly Durant
Nov. 6, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST
by Bradly Durant
Nov. 6, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST
Geez. Who cares about what happened in the middle? Mid-quels are even more useless than prequels.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST
and that music sounds like its still bear mccreary, which is awesome.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST
Doesn't everyone reading this have a computer? Kind of a redundant statement. Just sayin'.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST
Galactica? I bet I can prove that galactica is an American citizen in 1 second and therefore more qualified to run the country.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST
Whadya Mean bad Cgi? I am only viewing it quickly on a Small screen on a laptop, but what is wrong with it? Let's see yours. Do you even stop to think before posting complaining? Do you never stop complaining? Bet you are real fun at a Party. Someone I know calls a person like that a "habitual Joy-Killer"
Nov. 6, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST
by Bill C.
The bitch of it is that, assuming things haven't changed significantly in the past couple of years, Syfy is laughing all the way to the bank with their programming slate (reality TV + grade-Z movies = profit, and frak everything else).
Nov. 6, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST
I wonder if Moore realizes just how bad he screwed us all.
Nov. 6, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
Clueless. That's our Mr. Moore. Has no idea what a clusterfuck that ending was.
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST
I mean, I didn't loath the ending as much as I did LOST, but it certainly put a shadow over Caprica and anything else BSG to come.
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST
Still look great onscreen.
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST
Same shit different day.
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST
No matter how good this is, It'll never fully counter the crapfest that the once AMAZING BG series became under that pompous ass with full-blown Lucas-itis Moore. Fuck him and fuck this show.
Nov. 6, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST
And the silliness was only in the last couple of minutes of the ending (and was telegraphed heavily throughout the series). It's not how I would have done it, but people who freak out about how it ruined the show are getting a bit hysterical. Caprica was awful, though. Blood & Chrome look like what Caprica should have been--an exploration of the previous cylon war. Not a plodding and ridiculous show about building a robot and cliche gangsters and everybody wearing hats.
Nov. 6, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST
Looks good, but the guy they got for Husker Adama is not as good as the actor they had for the Razor flashbacks
The guy they got to play the young Adama in the First Cylon War from the Razor flashbacks was perfect. Not only did he look like he could be a young Edward James Olmos, but he had the voice down and overall demeanor. They should have made this Blood & Chrome right after BSG ended, casting the same actor from the Razor flashbacks. Oh well, I'm glad we get to see this, even if all it ends up being is basically a TV movie chopped up into webisodes.
Nov. 7, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST
Loved the whole thing right up to the last damed five minutes. What. The. Hell?
Nov. 7, 2012, 10 a.m. CST
Once they unveiled the "seven cylons," that was it. There were so many ridiculous holes that began exploding in the construct of the overall plot at that point that it got absolutely ridiculous. It was still BEAUTIFULLY acted, and Lord knows they tried. But it all comes down to Moore's arrogant and lazy, "it's about the CHARACTERS, not the plot" approach. Hackneyed, pompous, arrogant crap. The plot - and the ridiculousness of the plot - AFFECTED the characters, you podcasting dumbass. The plot provided the foundation on which those characters were built. The show became like some sort of waking dream, so full of nonsense and red herrings. I've never seen a show ruined that badly, and I was FIRMLY in its camp through most of Season 3. Had been one of the best shows I'd ever seen until the crapfest took hold. As long as that version of the Galactica story exists out there in the ether, there is no point to watch ANYTHING that's connected to it, because no matter how good it is, it will never be good enough to wipe the shite-covered slate clean.
Nov. 7, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
by the Green Gargantua
If I may nerd all over your face and hair.
Nov. 7, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST
by Danny Boil
It's my problem, I know. Looking forward to next spring when this TV show is on television.
Nov. 7, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST
Sure glad that turd Caprica is dead ;) This is what we the BSG fans where waiting for.
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