In October it was announced that Marvel Studios was working on a live action television series for The Incredible Hulk for ABC, one of three live-action series the comic book television division is developing for the Mouse House. At the time we didn’t have many details. The project was assumed to be an hour-long program, and we didn’t know how involved Heroes exec producer Jeph Loeb, head of development at Marvel’s television division (launched in June), would be in the project.

ABC Studios is finalizing a deal with Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick.
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We already have one Battlestar Galactica prequel series and we soon could be getting a new one. The Syfy network just greenlit a two hour pilot called Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome which will follow a young William Adama as a Viper pilot on the battlestar Galactica during the first Cylon war. So, unlike the other BSG prequel series Caprica, Blood & Chrome will focus  more of the action that was prevalent in the reimagined 2004 series that ran for four seasons. Adama, as BSG fans know, was one of the main characters on that show. Portrayed by Edward James Olmos, he’s a legendary military leader who helps the human race survive after the enemy Cylons destroy their home. The new series will see the return of executive producer David Eick, but not show creator Ron Moore. We’ve got much more after the jump. Read More »

This is a tough time for Battlestar Galactica fans. Not only do we have to wait until January to satisfy our BSG addiction (an artificial delay so that Sci-Fi could string along viewership into 2009), it will also be a bittersweet return since the remaining 10 episodes will be the last we see of the series. Of course the possibility for further BSG films still exists (a la Razor), but for now we can only brace ourselves for the end.

With their best property ever on its way out, it’s no surprise at all that Sci-Fi has decided to greenlight the proposed prequel series, Caprica. A 2 hour pilot film has already been produced, and Sci-Fi has ordered an additional 18 hours. The only downside to the series getting greenlit now is that we won’t be seeing anything until 2010, even though the pilot is done. Production on the series proper is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2009.

Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, the series follow two rival families, the Graystones, whose artificial intelligence breakthrough lead to the creation of the Cylons, and the Adamas. Judging from the trailer below, and the scattered information available online, I expect the series to be something akin to BSG meets Dynasty.

And yes, that worries me too.

I don’t think that Ron Moore would willingly let someone destroy his legacy, and since he’s still exec. producing the series with BSG veteran David Eick, I’m confident that they’ll make this work. Remi Aubuchon (24), who co-wrote the pilot with Moore, also joins in with the executive producing duties. Expect the series to be more about the walk-and-talk, and less so on the action elements from BSG.

Refresh your memory on the pilot by checking out the teaser below:

Find the full press release after the break:
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Children of Men: The Television Series

Children of Men

Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men was one of my top 10 movies of 2006. When I saw the movie I was so enamored with this post-apocalyptic world where women have become infertile, and no one had been born in the last 16 years. Basically it’s a world where everyone is living in knowledge that they are the last generation on earth. It’s an interesting place for a story, and I always wished it could be explored at more length.

And now my wish might be granted, as it was announced at last week’s SciFi upfronts that David Eick, writer-producer on the Battlestar Galactica and Bionic Woman contemporary remakes, is writing a pilot script for a series based on Children of Men. Of course in the movie, loosely adapted from the book (from what I understand the film used the story concept and not much more), “a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child’s birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind.”

“It’s really taking root more in the origins of the novels in that it will focus on the cultural movement in which young people become the society’s utter focus. Much like our culture, whenever Lindsay Lohan does something [and] it becomes the headline of every news show, it’s about how, when you don’t have a responsibility to the next generation and you’re free to do whatever you want, where do you draw the line?” Eick said in an interview with SciFi. “It’s not really a war show like the movie was. It’s more an exploration of that issue.”

The issue he speaks of is “how society defines responsibility, freedom and a sense of values when it doesn’t necessarily believe humans will survive as a species.” I’m in, especially if they try to incorporate some of the gritty visual cinematography that was part of the film.

Will you watch a Children of Men television show? 

via: AICN