Battlestar Galactica and Caprica co-executive producer Michael Taylor is working on an online series called Blood & Chrome. They are currently planning on having the project run nine or 10 episodes of nine or 10 minutes each.

“[Blood & Chrome is] about a young man’s initiation into war: both the realities of war as fought by soldiers on the ground (and in Battlestars and Vipers), and the somewhat less real version portrayed in the media,” according to Taylor.

The project, if approved, would be filmed on green screens and virtual sets. High-tech scans were made of all Battlestar Galactica‘s sets so a special-effects team will be able to re-create them for another show.

“I’ve seen the virtual, 3D version of CIC [Battlestar’s Combat Information Center] and it’s pretty damn cool,” said Taylor. “And yet the movie isn’t confined to Galactica. Far from it. It’s a story that will take us to new corners of the Battlestar world (or worlds), and yet it aims to be a very contemporary war movie in a lot of ways. I would say I’m thinking as much of Afghanistan and Iraq–the reality of Hurt Locker, Sebastian Junger’s Restrepo, and similar movies–as I am about about the largely implied past of Battlestar.”

Taylor said he’ll look for the sort of highly charged emotion that was part of the Battlestar Galactica series. “We’re not going to be shying away from R-rated blood and guts and sex,” Taylor noted. “Because this is initially meant to air online, we pretty much have no restrictions in that department.”

If it’s successful, it could serve as an opening for similar initiatives or as a pilot for a whole new series. Another spin-off Taylor is proposing is The Watchers; it will focus on espionage and the worrisome nature of having so much power over ordinary citizens.

Source: Chicago Tribune