Last we heard about Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome, things weren’t sounding so good. Deadline told us just a couple months ago:
After lengthy deliberations, Syfy has decided not to go forward with the project, about the young years of William Adama, as a regular TV series. Blood & Chrome, initially envisioned as a Web series, was greenlighted as a two-hour TV pilot in October 2010. Because of intensive post-production, including special effects, the pilot was not delivered to Syfy until last November. As of January, Syfy president original programming Mark Stern was quoted as saying that he the network brass were “trying to figure out the economics right now” and that he hoped those would be figured out. Now, the network has passed on the project as a regular series but is looking to do it as a digital one, while airing the already produced pilot on the network as a movie.
Meanwhile, we haven’t heard too much about Bryan Singer‘s film version of the franchise since last October when John Orloff was announced as the movie’s screenwriter. He told Deadline:
“I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs,” Orloff told Deadline. “I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”
In the 9 months since then, we haven’t heard too much, and fans typically take that kind of information vacuum as bad news.
However, today’s SDCC BSG: So Say We All panel was quite a bit more upbeat about the property’s future. Skip Harvey tells us that Richard Hatch and BSG series co-executive producer and writer Jane Espensen are convinced Blood and Chrome is still on the table as a series for SyFy, and that Bryan Singer’s BSG movie is on track.
It’s also clear that the audience is still there to support the franchise on both film and tv, so it would be little surprise to see Hatch and Espensen’s assertions backed up by some visible activity on these projects in some form soon.