As the eagerly anticipated Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood & Chrome made its way through the development process, some rumors flew around saying that Syfy "rejected" the series as a pilot and decided instead to run it as a web series. Now producer David Eick wants to set the record straight.
In a conference call with Sci-Fi Bulletin, Eick addressed the reports that the recently released Blood & Chrome wound up online only after Syfy passed on a pilot, and said it's total bunk. According to him, the series was always intended as a web series first, with TV potential second.
"I feel like there's a certain record to set straight, which was a little bit frustrating to me a few months ago when I saw the headlines that the Blood & Chrome project had somehow been rejected or was a failed pilot or wasn't going to make it on the air.
It was never intended to be a traditional pilot, so to speak, such that Syfy not picking it up in a traditional manner to an episodic series was some kind of a rejection or failure. It was always developed, at least from my point of view, as a project for an online environment. Something that we would develop and structurally, narratively build as a ten-part sort of a series, kind of like the Raiders of the Lost Ark-style, the 1930s style movie serials, where you have ten minutes of story and a cliffhanger, followed by ten minutes of story and the cliffhanger. And then after ten of these episodes, it would all resolve itself in a three-act structure as a whole movie.
Eick said the rumors track back to some interest in trying out the web series on Syfy in a longer form (which is scheduled to happen when the series airs as a TV movie and hits DVD early next year), which got some people thinking it had changed from a web series to a full-fledged TV project:
"I think where the confusion in is that for a moment after seeing the script the network said, 'Gee, we don't want to rule out the possibility of just advocating the online venture altogether and throwing this up as a pilot for a traditional series to Syfy.' And there were discussions about that, but for a variety of reasons, I think not the least of which was because there was a genuine feeling that we had really designed something altogether groundbreaking from a visual effects standpoint, [we decided] to stick with the original plan.
Its future may be online, may be on air, maybe DVD in terms of subsequent future episodes or stories--who knows? But it was never any kind of rejection or failure that this didn't wind up as another Syfy pilot. It was always designed to be something much more unique and special than that, and I'm thrilled that it's finally reached its distribution and it's going to be seen by the people it was intended for."
After seeing the first two episodes, Eick's comments make a lot of sense, as the story breaks and visual style seem well suited to the webisode format. It seems to allow for a more personal scale of breaking up one epic mission, as opposed to trying to plant a ton of seeds like a traditional TV pilot.
What do you think? Would you like to see more webisodes, or a full-fledged Blood & Chrome TV series?
(Via Sci-Fi Bulletin)