Battlestar Galactica Prequel Planned
Jarrett Martineau | March 19, 2008 at 02:09 pmby
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The U.S.-based Sci Fi Channel has announced it will create a prequel to Battlestar Galactica, the science fiction series about to enter its fourth and final season.
The two-hour pilot for the production, called Caprica, is expected to be shot in Vancouver this spring with shooting for the series to follow.
The Caprica story is set 50 years before the Cylons annihilated the 12 Colonies of Kobol and will follow the stories of two rival families.
"It's an amazing script and, though clearly inspired by the Battlestar mythology, it is not just a pale spinoff," Mark Stern, vice-president of programming for Sci Fi network, said Tuesday after announcing the green light for the series.
"This is a smart, thought-provoking, emotional and compelling character drama in its own right," he said.
The idea for Caprica came from Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, who also created Battlestar Galactica.
The current Canadian-made series is a reimagining of the original 1978 series.
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