Even has an unauthorized trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome spread rapidly online, with NBC Universal lawyers following in its wake, news broke that Syfy has passed on the long-in-development prequel to Ronald D. Moore’s acclaimed reimagining of the 1970s space opera.
Initially envisioned as a 10-episode webseries, Blood & Chrome made the jump in October 2010 to full-fledged television pilot, chronicling the adventures of a young, brash William Adama (played by Skins star Luke Pasqualino) during the10th year of the First Cylon War. In contrast to the other Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, Blood & Chrome relied heavily on special effects — in addition to the battle scenes, many of the sets were virtual — leading delivery to the two-hour pilot to be delayed until last November.
Since then, Syfy executives apparently have been trying to iron out a workable budget for such an effects-reliant project before ultimately determining there’s no way to make it work as a television series. However, the cable channel there’s still a chance Blood & Chrome could return to its roots, airing as a webseries.
“Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned,” Mark Stern, Syfy’s president of original programming, said in a statement. “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”