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Syfy Preps ‘Blood & Chrome’ For Release

Bear McCreary announces the music is now complete for struggling spinoff pilot

There is still a big question mark over the “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff series “Blood & Chrome.” But one thing’s for certain: Fans will have a chance to see the pilot, whether there are more episodes to follow it or not.

Composer Bear McCreary, who got his first huge break on Syfy’s original “Battlestar Galactica” re-imagining, told fans at a panel discussion Feb. 17 that his work on the pilot is done, and that more information would come soon. If Syfy is spending money on a new musical score, then that means they are close to making an announcement for its release — possibly as early as this summer.

But McCreary himself wasn’t willing (or maybe even able) to share those details.

“I will … let you guys be the first in the world to know … I finished scoring a little pilot called ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,'” McCreary said to what ended up being a very excited crowd over the news.

McCreary was part of a panel at EMP Science Fiction Hall of Fame’s Galactibash celebration in Seattle. That panel also included writing duo David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, actors Tahmoh Penikett (Help) and Luciana Carro (Kat), writer Mark Verheiden, and costume designer Glenne Campbell.

in his popular blog, McCreary said he was not sure when he would share the news about his work on “Blood & Chrome.” But after the fans attending the event gave him an impromptu “happy birthday” song, he couldn’t resist any longer.

“You will be hearing more about this project and its (admittedly kick-ass) score in the near future,” McCreary wrote on his blog. “I’ve been looking for the right moment to make this announcement, and wasn’t planning on saying anything about it just yet. However, I was overcome with the joy and love from the crowd and couldn’t resist telling so many fans in person.”

Syfy, however, has yet to make any announcement on the pilot itself, leaving many to conclude that the question is not whether or not there will be a series, but how Syfy will distribute the pilot without offering much else to follow. Typically, musical scoring is the final piece to be added to a television production, and is not added until a network or cable channel has decided exactly when and how it plans to distribute such a piece.

“Blood & Chrome” takes place before “Battlestar Galactica” but after “Caprica,” featuring a time near the beginning of the first Cylon War when William Adama gets his first assignment aboard the Battlestar Galactica. Although it takes place in almost the same time period as flashbacks of Adama in the “Battlestar Galactica” telemovie “Razor,” Luke Pasqualino takes on the iconic role of Adama, replacing Nico Cortez from “Razor.”

That would make him the fifth actor to play the role, following Lorne Greene from the original series, Edward James Olmos from the reimagined series, Cortez from “Razor” and Marcus Towfigh in “Caprica.”

“Blood & Chrome” was created by BSG executive producer David Eick and popular writer and producer Michael Taylor. It was originally intended as a web series, but once Syfy decided it was going to pull the plug on “Caprica,” it decided to keep the franchise alive by promoting “Blood & Chrome” to a full-fledged pilot.

The web series, intended to be presented in 5- or 10-minute bites, was reconstituted into a full episode. And instead of rebuilding sets used in “Battlestar Galactica,” producers instead decided to employ the green-screen background technology currently in use on another Syfy series, “Sanctuary.”

Yet, it seemed that “Blood & Chrome” never won the approval of Syfy. The cable channel has dodged questions about its fate, and original programming head Mark Stern has said even if the show does get picked up, it could take up to a year for special effects to be completed on further episodes, meaning a series may not even be put to screen until mid-2013 at the earliest.

To see the full panel discussion, as well as McCreary’s announcement, click here.

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