Back in July, Syfy announced that it had ordered a "Battlestar Galactica" webseries called "Blood & Chrome" with former "Battlestar Galactica" co-executive producer Michael Taylor on board to write the nine mini episodes.
However, Syfy reportedly liked the script so much that "Blood & Chrome" will now air on the network as a TV movie, according to TV Squad. The movie may begin production in Vancouver early next year. Additionally, it may even serve as a prelude to a new "Battlestar Galactica" TV series.
"When we read Michael's script, it was so clearly a full-blown pilot for a series," said Syfy Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Mark Stern. "The scope is fantastic and bigger, I think, than anticipated, so we said, 'Let's do it as a 2-hour backdoor pilot.' We're trying to get up and running as soon as possible."
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome" will follow a young William Adama during the tenth year of the first Cylon War. The initial story finds Adama and a rookie pilot escorting a female character on an important mission that may change the course of the war.
"Your way into the story is a young William Adama who is not the grizzled old veteran we have come to love in 'BSG,'" added Stern. "This is someone who is more like us, in terms of coming into this with certain preconceptions and learning as you go. ... It's very much about relationships along the way. I think ultimately the arc of the pilot and of the series is about getting Adama to be who you came to know in 'BSG.'"
During the TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: Razor," the William Adama of that era was played by Nico Cortez. However, there is no guarantee that Cortez will reprise his role in this project.
"I'm assuming there will be a full casting process for this pilot, but with Nico [Cortez] at the top of the list," offered Stern. "There's also a chance that we'll meet younger versions of other 'Battlestar' characters or people connected to either that world or to 'Caprica,' but the new project would try to do those things with "a light touch."
Although there is currently no date set for "Blood & Chrome" to air, late 2011 and early 2012 are apparently the most likely time frame according to the report.