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From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of fantastic media.
Deadline.com reports that CBS is negotiating a deal to co-produce with Sony Pictures Television a new version of of the 1960’s sci-fi/spy western THE WILD WILD WEST.
Ronald D. Moore (STAR TREK, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and Naren Shankar (CSI) are set to write and executive produce the pilot for the series.
The original show ran on CBS from 1965-1969, created by producer Michael Garrison as a kind of “James Bond on Horseback”, and filmed at the CBS Studio Center —the former home of Republic Studios, where countless westerns were shot from the 30’s through the `50’s.
WILD WILD WEST was an unusual show, mixing the 1870’s setting with high-tech gadets and outright science fictional concepts. Today it would be called Steam-Punk, but back then there was nothing else like it.
James West and Artemis Gordon were agents of the U.S. Government, Secret Service members often working directly on the orders of President Grant, in a West under constant threat of incredible subversive plots and schemes for domination, both for profit and political ends. They traveled in a luxurious private train (The Wanderer), and used the latest technology in novel and ingenious ways.
The action, made larger than life with a crack stunt team and it’s athlethic and intense star Robert Conrad, was a highlight. Ross Martin’s character provided plenty of color in a myriad of disguises. The co-stars’ onscreen chemistry and humor seemed to charm the public into accepting the outrageous situations offered up weekly.
The 1999 movie starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline failed to re-capture the spirit of the show.
Perhaps CBS will have another HAWAII 5-0 reboot success story to tell, if all goes as hoped.
Syfy has given the green light to a new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA pilot/TV Movie, BLOOD & CHROME.
SyFy’s Press Release:
Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20’s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet… the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.
“The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory,” said Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”
“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons,” said David Eick.
Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.
The pilot was originally announced as an online series, but the script apparently impressed SyFy enough that a feature length film was commisioned. It’s unknown as yet whether Nico Cortez will reprise his role of the young Adama from RAZOR.
Whether CAPRICA, the current SfyFy GALACTICA spin-off , will be renewed is still an open question.
Also from The Chicago Tribune’s Watcher Blog, GALACTICA spin-off prequel CAPRICA promises to be more action and drama oriented in its second half, now that the basic premise has been established.
In Season ‘1.5″ viewers will see the return of James Marsters (ANGEL) as terrorist Barnabus Greeley, Scott Porter as polygamist Nestor Willow, and John Pyper-Ferguson will return as Tomas Vergis, the bitter business rival of Clyon creator Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz).
At CAPRICA’s Comic Con panel, Marsters said his character is “looking out on a society that’s eating itself alive, as far as he’s concerned… He’s disgusted.”
The show will also return to virtual world ‘New Cap City’, where the physically deceased character Tamara Adama (Genevieve Buechner) lives on.
Asked if CAPRICA will get a second season on SyFy, executive producer/co-creator Ronald D. Moore, said that he firmly believed that it will— although that decision will not be made for some time.
The second half of the first season of CAPRICA is expected to begin airing in January of 2011.