Battlestar Galactica Prequel Movie In the Works

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:00 am,

bsg prequel05 Battlestar Galactica Prequel Movie In the Works

No, no, no… I don’t mean Caprica, the prequel series.  I mean the Sci-Fi Channel has announced a new Battlestar Galactica (BSG) two-hour prequel movie. It is set to broadcast in 2009 after season 4.5 finishes off.  Of course the regular readers of Screen Rant won’t be surprised since we chatted about the BSG Movies In The Pipeline back in June!

The general consensus is that the Battlestar Galactica: Razor movie must have been enough of a success to warrant their desire for another film.  Another way to look at it is that while Sci-Fi is trying to draw out the longest season ever on record, it’s hoping to keep the focus on themselves with another installment of BSG based on the mythos we’ve come to know.

The film hasn’t been given a title yet, but the outline of the flick is that it will take place just before the nuclear attack on the human race, with the Cylons dealing with the one thing they did not anticipate: human survivors.

The confirmed cast so far is Dean Stockwell (Cylon Brother Cavil), Michael Trucco (Sam T. Anders) and Aaron Douglas (Chief Galen Tyrol).  Aaron got the official call for the part on July 28th, so this is a fairly fresh development.

It will be written by Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Gilmore Girls) and directed by Edward James Olmos, who has directed 4 previous episodes of Battlestar.  Shooting is set to start in Vancouver, Canada by the end of summer.

You have to be quick about it when it does air, because like Razor, it will air on Sci-Fi then go direct to DVD, which will be distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The movie received the green light as the network generated the financial support needed. The network then approached the executive producer of the show, Ronald D. Moore, who’s contracted with NBC through the end of 2009.  He came back with a story the network liked, with of course the usual back and forth adjustments and concerns between network and creators.  One has to wonder what we’d get if creators were left to their own devices?

So once Battlestar Galactica is over and we finally find out who the final Cylon is, we’ll be treated to the historical perspective of how the Cylons came to be in Caprica, and then see the other side of the war table as we follow the Cylons trying to deal with humans after the planned annihilation didn’t go quite as planned.

Despite the obvious (Sci-Fi riding the coat tails of one of their flagship shows), I am looking forward to it as long as Ronald D. Moore and team are involved and continue to be involved.

So say we all!

Sources:,  LA Times Blogs

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  1. I’m betting that we see more of Pegasis and her deal that took place in Razor,,, this is gonna be fun,,,
    Sci-Fi channel have only themselves to blame on why this show is wrapping…
    Yeah the shows a success and that’s a wrap, seems kinda stupid in fanancial terms at least. ;-)

  2. @790: actually, it was Moore & Eick, the show’s producers, who decided to end the show at season 4. Sci Fi is always saying they didn’t want to stop. They’re obviously hungry to figure out ways to extend the franchise after 4.5 has aired next year.

  3. Yep ProgGrrl, on all counts.

    Moore and Eick didn’t want to drag it out, and end it on a high note. Very smart.. it also doesn’t hurt that Moore has so many contracts going on with different places to produce various shows.

    It’s amazing that no matter how bad something is handled, (cough, sci-fi, cough) if it’s good enough, it will build it’s own momentum regardless, and I am glad for that, in this respect!

  4. @Bruce…Moore (and Eick) are both so busy now as producers, that if this is the end for BSG, we’ll have plenty more to see from them. I personally am pretty excited about Caprica and Virtuality, and hope their pilots get to series…

    Meanwhile, Moore has a sci-fi film trilogy to write…Eick is working a new series with ROME’s James Purefoy and is attempting to turn CHILDREN OF MEN into a series.

  5. James Purefoy is awesome and he was so incredible in Rome. I’m psyched for that.

    I completely understand the series ending for story purposes, I would of liked to see more in the middle of the series, maybe some more combat oriented stuff or some more exploration/discovery. I think there could of been one more season in the middle somewhere.

    I guess they want to end it early and not do the JJ Abrams thing where they keep starting new projects TV shows and movies before the previous ones complete (a la alias with lost, lost with Fringe)

  6. I’m confused (which maybe my own fault)… so does the prequel take place before or after the attack? Or is the “dealing with human survivors” mean the survivors’ history before the attack?

    Either way sounds cool.

  7. Is Moore flipping the bird in that pic?! or is he holding something trademarked

  8. Panda,
    It STARTS out before the attack, then, from what I can determine, deals with the ‘Cylons’ dealing with the surviving humans after the attack.

    No no no Panda, neither one. Ron is waving to the crowd when I took that picture and it just came out that the hand motion blurred more than the rest of the motion in the projected image on the big screen.