This from Sci Fi Wire:
Ronald D. Moore, who co-created Fox’s two-hour SF backdoor pilot film Virtuality, told SCI FI Wire that the film is gearing up to shoot at the end of this month, and he offered a few details about the unusual storyline.
“Virtuality is in preproduction,” Moore said in an interview at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on July 20. “We start shooting the end of the month. We’ve got a cast. Peter Berg’s directing. It’s for Fox. It’s a completely different kind of show.”
Different, that is, from Moore’s current series, SCI FI Channel’s Battlestar Galactica, which Moore also co-created.
Virtuality is set in our universe, about 30 or 40 years into the future, Moore said. “It is about a group of astronauts who are on the first long-range mission to another star, which is going to take about 10 years to get there and back. So it’s 12 people in a tin can going in a very straight line for a very, very long time.”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Fox’s short-lived New Amsterdam) plays the commander of the mission. “The public and private consortium that put this mission together gave the astronauts virtual-reality headsets that allow them to relax … in their off hours, and, sure enough, things start going wrong, and they start wondering what’s really going on, and certain strange mysteries start occurring,” Moore said. “And yet these people are isolated and trapped, just with each other, a very, very long way from home and beyond anyone’s help, and they have really only themselves to deal with the strange things that are happening on the ship.”