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Caprica Gets Sci-Fi Channel Greenlight
Battlestar Galactica prequel on its way

02 December 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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It's not, strictly, film news, but since Battlestar Galactica is one of the most essential shows on TV (the reboot anyway), it follows that we're excite to tell you that its prequel, Caprica, has been greenlit for production by the Sci-Fi Channel.

Caprica follows a power struggle between two rival families on the Earth-like planet of Caprica, capital of the Twelve Colonies featured in the show. This, however, takes place a full 50 years before Galactica itself, before the Twelve Colonies are destroyed in an attack by the Cylons, and concerns the development of artificial intelligence and cybernetic lifeforms (Cylons for short). It focuses on two families - the Adamas, led by civil rights lawyer Joseph (Esai Morales) and the wealthy technologists, the Greystones, led by Daniel (Eric Stoltz).

A two-hour pilot has already been made, but this greenlight gives the go-ahead for a story-arc heavy show that, it is hoped, will bring in fans frightened off by Galactica's spaceships ("Eeek! Sci-fi! Run away!") by convincing them that this is more a family drama. It's also expected to deal with the ethical concerns raised by artificial intelligence, and as fans of the space opera will know, there won't be any easy answers here.

Caprica is due to hit our screens in 2010, with filming getting underway in Vancouver early next year. In the meantime, the second half of season four of Battlestar Galactica will air from January 16 in the US, followed by a two-hour TV movie called The Plan in August (directed by Edward James "Admiral Adama" Olmos himself). Between that selection, we should be able to fight off our Battlestar cravings for some time to come.


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L: waltham1979 am I the only person who really dislikes the Battlestar Galactica series?? ropey CGI, the Cylons suck and Starbuck is a chick!! es, I wasnt impressed by the idea when I first heard about it but its pretty much the best show on tv at the moment (whenever the fuck it comes back, grrrr!) the ideas,moral, shades of grey in every character, the battles, the mythology, to be honest it pisses on the Star Wars prequels for epicness in places, the New Caprica rescue is stunningly More

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This is amazing news, I loved, sorry love Galactica its been soooo long since I saw a new new episode but January is near. This new spin off is great news. More

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L: chiropterror p;other part of the ending about the cylons aboard was ace, just not that bit. l best show on TV though. Glad you weren't dissing that because that's the part that turned BSG from brilliant to perfection (in my eyes). More

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L: Tech_Noir Are you out of your frackin' mind?? Season 3's finale was one of the greatest moments in television history! sp; Well my shotgun packing amigo....i must contest that. Buts its all IMO really.   I just thought for a show so gritty and psuedo-realistic, that 'Starbuck ending' was too out-there.  It was more in keeping with Star Trek or Stargate.   The other part of the ending about the cylons aboard was ace, just not More

Posted by chiropterror at 17:37 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

Sci fi has never been this good!
Having been riveted by the phenomenon that was Battlestar Galactica(Reboot) a once dead franchise was not just reinvented but reimagined. Glen A Larson must be enraptured to see what Ronald D Moore and David Eick have done with his baby. Based on what has gone before it Caprica can hardly fail. The strongest thing about BSG is it's themes of morals, integrity and courage, something that hasn't been around in TV drama of late.......I can hardly wait More

Posted by kittybinks at 16:04 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

Not film news? In that case, where is the Doctor Who news?
or Merlin News Torchwood news Primeval news Survivors news Day of the Triffids news Demons news Sarah Jane adventures news K9 news ...and so on..... ???????????? More

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Greatest moment in TV history! That was Sylar finding out he was Peter's brother in Heroes. Literally mind blowing, who am I kidding it was sh*t.   I thought the boxing match episode was better than the season 3 finale, 'chief get your fat arse up here!' More

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L: chiropterror L: waltham1979 am I the only person who really dislikes the Battlestar Galactica series?? ropey CGI, the Cylons suck and Starbuck is a chick!! Sorry but its hardly constructive to say that isnt it?....why do they suck? Why is it bad that Starbuck is a girl? Why is the CGI bad (what are you comparing it against)? - Its TV, budget isnt as massive as a giant movie. The CGI is easily on par with Stargate and debatably better than most other TV shows that use CG extens More

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L: chiropterror I think it has massive balls, and bar the series 3 climax hasnt put a foot wrong. sp; Are you out of your frackin' mind??   Season 3's finale was one of the greatest moments in television history! More

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What's all this about 2010? The pilot has already been made, it's airing in January on Sky One, earlier for US viewers.   Am I wrong? More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 13:24 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

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L: waltham1979 am I the only person who really dislikes the Battlestar Galactica series?? ropey CGI, the Cylons suck and Starbuck is a chick!! sp; Sorry but its hardly constructive to say that isnt it?....why do they suck? Why is it bad that Starbuck is a girl? Why is the CGI bad (what are you comparing it against)? - Its TV, budget isnt as massive as a giant movie. The CGI is easily on par with Stargate and debatably better than most other TV shows that use CG extensivley. - Im gu More

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waltham1979, is your real name Dirk Benedict? More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:12 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

Going by the trailer this looks more like Gattaca than BSG (which is indeed awesome). I can't see how a new audience is going to pulled in by a sci-fi spin off that still deals with robots and stuff but colour me intrigued anyway. More

Posted by granny at 11:55 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds cool
YES YES YES, can't wait. This sounds like it could be good, maybe not BSG good but good none the less. Still having waiting pangs for the final episodes. And starbuck is hot, even when he was face lol i kid. More

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L: fish that roared Yes you are, Galactica is fantastic, the best show since the Wire and Starbuck is one of the most annoying/well written characters in the series and not just because she might be a cylon. I'm looking forward to the Caprica pilot once sky decide to pull their finger out and say when it is on. sp; Oh...glad we could get that sorted More

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Yes you are, Galactica is fantastic, the best show since the Wire and Starbuck is one of the most annoying/well written characters in the series and not just because she might be a cylon. I'm looking forward to the Caprica pilot once sky decide to pull their finger out and say when it is on. More

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am I the only person who really dislikes the Battlestar Galactica series?? ropey CGI, the Cylons suck and Starbuck is a chick!! More

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