Just a couple days after a pilot teaser was leaked to the Internet, Syfy has confirmed that it will not be carrying the long-awaited Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood and Chrome.
The status of the show has been in question for months, despite the fact that the 90-minute pilot was apparently completed some time ago. Whether in response to the leaked teaser or other unknown factors, Syfy has decided that it will be airing the pilot, but the show will apparently stop there - on television - at least as far as the genre-focused cable network is concerned.
However, the series will likely continue, albeit in a non-broadcast form. As you may recall, the original intent of Blood and Chrome, before talks with Syfy began, was to create a webseries. As such, the producers will likely return to their initial plan for the story following the pilot.
"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," says Syfy's Mark Stern. "The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date. Our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned."
The synopsis is thus:
The story takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
A air date for the pilot has not yet been announced.