Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sci Fi Greenlights "Caprica"

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Sci Fi Channel has greenlit Caprica, a prequel to Battlestar Galactica in the form of a two-hour backdoor pilot, according to David Howe, president of the network.

'Caprica' is a fictional planet set 70 years before the new Battlestar Galactica TV series, focusing on the peaceful 'Twelve Colonies', living in a modern society. But high tech combined with a breakthrough in robotics brings to life the dream of marrying artificial intelligence with mechanical bodies to create living robots, the 'Cylons', leading to the 'First Cylon War'.

The series will revolve around the 'Adama' and 'Graystone' families. 'Joseph Adama', father of future Battlestar commander 'William Adama', is a renowned civil liberties lawyer who becomes an opponent of the artificial intelligence/Cylon experiments devised by the Graystones, owners of a large computer corporation that builds the first Cylons, aka 'Cybernetic Life-Form Nodes'.

Caprica begins production in Vancouver in the spring. Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, the exec producers of Galactica, will join with Universal Media Studios to work on Caprica, from a pilot script written by Rene Aubuchon and Moore.

Jeff Reiner directs...