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: SciFi.com, LA Times Blogs