Possible Battlestar Galactica Telefilm In the Works
By Kelly West: 2006-12-28
Though ratings for the SCI-Fi Network’s show, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ have decreased this season, DVD sales are up and this has prompted Universal Home Video to consider greenlighting a straight-to-video “telefilm” for the series. The film would eventually air on the Sci-Fi Network but not before being made available to own on DVD.
All this is according to geekmonthly.com, who stated that though the Sci-Fi network hasn’t officially granted a fourth season to the popular series, there’s a good chance production will begin on the telefilm some time in march. If ratings continue to decline, there’s always the possibility that plans for the fourth season of the show as well as the telefilm could be scrapped but geekmonthly.com doesn’t think that’s likely.
The website also stated that there is currently no story written for the telefilm but that "plans are afoot to come up with a screenplay that doesn’t step on existing continuity for the series, but utilizes most of its existing sets." In other words, this straight-to-video film might have all the familiarity of the TV series but may not address some of the major plotlines that drive the show.
Galactica Direct-To-Video Movie Set To Launch
Despite declining ratings for Battlestar Galactica on SciFi Channel, nearly universal critical acclaim along with robust DVD sales have led Universal Home Video to consider greenlighting a Battlestar Galactica direct-to-video telefilm, which will presumably air on The SciFi Channel, after debuting on home video, sources tell Geek. If it goes forward, the two hour telefilm will shoot in March during the series hiatus and prior to the commencement of production on the series fourth season in June. While there is no story for the telefilm at present, plans are afoot to come up with a screenplay that doesn’t step on existing continuity for the series, but utilizes most of its existing sets. There is also speculation the telefilm will somehow tie into the mythology for the Galactica spin-off series, Caprica, which has not been officially greenlit by SciFi Channel.