ll you Battlestar Galactica fans, here’s good news. Variety reports that Sci Fi Channel has given the go-ahead to Caprica, the prequel of the Battlestar Galactica series.
The Sci Fi channel has said that Battleship Galactica was their flagship show that altered the perception of the network. They now want to pull in viewers that stayed away because it was sci-fi and may now be drawn in because of the human drama in the series, instead of a “space” opera.
Caprica will be set in a period 50 years before Cylons attacked the human race.
Caprica‘s star cast will include Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker.
In the prequel, Caprica will be a planet much like Earth before the Cylon war. In Caprica, two rival Caprican families will be locked in power struggles and ethical dilemmas thrown up by the fast development of an artificial intelligence-enabled society. The first family, the Adamas, will be headed by Joseph (Esai Morales), a civil rights lawyer. The other family of successful technologists, the Greystones, will be headed by Daniel (Eric Stoltz).
Like Battlestar Galactica, Caprica will also focus on social, religious, and political issues and terrorism.
Caprica will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers of Caprica are Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, and Remi Aubuchon.
The Caprica series is expected to be aired in 2010. A two-hour backdoor pilot, written by Remi Aubuchon and Ronald D. Moore, and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, has already been shot.
There are no plans of airing the pilot in 2009 as previously discussed.
Caprica will go into production in mid-2009. The series will be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Battlestar Galactica and the pilot were shot.
Battlestar Galactica will finish its run on March 20, 2008.
The production of the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica is over. The second half of the final season of Battlestar Galactica will be aired on January 16, 2009.
The Sci Fi channel has said that 2010 would be a good time to launch the prequel because it will give the producers enough time to bring together the core writers of Battlestar Galactica, that have since moved on to other shows.
Meanwhile, a movie adaption of Battlestar Galactica, called Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, will be released in early 2009.