'Battlestar Galactica' prequel to air as web series, Syfy confirms

Published Mar 22 2012, 11:34 GMT  |  By

'Battlestar Galactica' Jamie Barber, Edward James Olmos

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Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood & Chrome will now only air as a web series, Syfy has confirmed.

The project was greenlighted back in October 2010, but extensive post-production meant that its 90-minute pilot was not ready until November last year.

In the wake of the delays, Syfy have announced that Blood & Chrome will not air as a TV series.

Instead, the extended first episode will be shown on screen as a one-off movie, before the series continues online - as originally intended.

"Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned," Syfy president of original programming Mark Stern said in a statement.

"We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date."

An unauthorised trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome made its way online in the hours prior to Syfy's announcement, having premiered at WonderCom last weekend.

The new series will focus on the early years of the Cylon war when a young Ensign Adama is assigned to the newly-built spaceship Galactica.

Skins star Luke Pasqualino, Smallville actress Jill Teed and Ben Cotton of Hellcats are among the cast.

Watch the trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome below: