The SCI FI Channel has given the go-ahead for a full 20 episode first season of the Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica. The two-hour pilot episode was shot earlier this year and will be included as part of the order. Caprica stars Eric Stoltz (Milk, Chicago Hope), Esai Morales (Jericho, NYPD Blue), Paula Malcomson (Deadwood, ER) and Golden Globe nominee Polly Walker (Cane, Rome).
Per the Press Release: “Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families – the Graystones and the Adamas – as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies, a society recognizably close to our own. Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics. Caprica will deliver all of the passion, intrigue, political backbiting and family conflict in television’s first science fiction family saga. Production on the series is slated to begin summer ’09 in Vancouver for a 2010 premiere. Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) directed the pilot.
As the series begins, a startling development is about to occur – the creation of the first cybernetic life-form node or “Cylon” – the ability to marry artificial intelligence with mechanical bodies. Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) – father of future Battlestar commander William Adama (Sina Najafi) – a renowned civil liberties lawyer, becomes an opponent of the experiments undertaken by the Graystones (Eric Stoltz), owners of a large computer corporation that is spearheading the development of these living robots: the Cylons.”
Caprica is produced by Universal Cable Productions and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Remi Aubuchon (24). It is co-written by Aubuchon and Moore and directed by Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights).
I wasn’t so sure about Caprica at first, but the more I hear about it the more interested I get. I think they’re being pretty smart by not trying to show everybody’s parents and grandparents and just focusing on the Adamas. And delving into the origin of the Cylons adds another layer to the parent series that will probably demand a re-watch of BSG. I was hoping we’d get to see the pilot movie soon in order to get an idea of what to expect, but it looks like we will have to wait until 2010 as it sounds like the pilot will now be a two-part series premiere. As always, we will let you know more details as we get them. In the meantime, let us know what you think about this new prequel series.