The feature-length film, which was originally produced as a pilot for a proposed TV series, will be broken up into ten episodes, each running 7 to 12 minutes. The first will premiere this Friday on Machinima (who brought us Mortal Kombat Legacy), with the rest being rolled out over the next month. Syfy plans to air the complete film sometime in 2013, with a DVD release (no Blu Ray?) to follow.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is a prequel set during the first Cylon war. It follows a young Bill Adama as he serves as a fighter pilot on the newly commissioned Battlestar Galactica. At this point in the story, the Cylons have yet to develop their human-like bodies, so the Cylons are all of the shiny metal (chrome) type.
Filming of the movie started in February of 2011, and SyFy has been sitting on it ever since (though they did officially pass on it becoming a TV series earlier this year). Does the fact that they’ve been dragging the feet so damn long mean there’s something wrong with the movie, or are they just more interested in reality shows these days than thoughtful drama? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
This is the second series to sprout from BSG. The first, Caprica, was also a prequel (though set further into the past) and chronicled the invention of the Cylons and the events that would have led to their eventual rebellion. It starred Bill Adama’s father, who was a lawyer and part-time mobster. It ran for one season.