Syfy Passes On ‘BSG: Blood & Chrome’ TV Series

For what seems like years, fans have been talking about Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the latest prequel in what once was a thriving franchise on Syfy in the U.S.

A few hours after an unauthorized trailer for the show hit the web, Syfy decided not to move forward with the show, according to

“It’s a case of bad news/good news forBattlestar Galactica fans who have been flocking to the Web to watch an unauthorized trailer for the long-in-the-works offshoot Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome over the past 36 hours,” reported the site’s Nellie Andreeva. “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.”

So, why give up on the TV show now?

“Because of intensive post-production, including special effects, the pilot was not delivered to Syfy until last November,” Andreeva continued. “As of January, Syfy president for original programming Mark Stern was quoted as saying that the network brass were ‘trying to figure out the economics right now’ and that he hoped those would be figured out.”

Does this mean there’s no future for Blood & Chome?

Not necessarily. Deadline says that Syfy is looking to do it as a digital one, while airing the already produced pilot on the network as a movie.

“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,” Stern 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.”

Fan excitement increased after a recent WonderCom panel with Kevin Grazier, the scientific adviser for Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica series. During that session, he screened what was described as a trailer for Blood & Chrome. That trailer, set to Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song” for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, found its way to the Web on Monday night and has gone viral — garnering some 100,000 views in 24 hours.

However, since this wasn’t an official trailer but instead a demo reel not intended for public consumption, it was not put through the process of clearing music and other rights.NBCUniversal moved swiftly to take down the multiple copies that had popped up on YouTube.

Of course, Universal Cable Productions, which produces Blood & Chrome, may still shop the project to other networks, but just where it might land is anyone’s guess.

Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story byBattlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

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