Archive for August, 2008

And now we wait…

Thanks to our friend Stella up in Vancouver for writing in this week and letting us know that the Virtuality pilot has finished filming. As it’ll be a few months before we start hearing anything more than tidbits, we’ll all settle in to the waiting game. Battlestar fans know it well.


The Crew

SciFi Wire has more on Virtuality, this time giving us a rundown of the show’s main characters.

Despite the mysteries, we learned a great deal about the crew of the Phaeton, who are primarily scientists. Six of the crew are married couples, including a gay couple. (And sharp-eyed fans may spot a few science and SF references in the character names.) They are:

Frank Pike (Coster-Waldau). The mission commander. Ex-military. Coster-Waldau reported that Pike has re-created a Civil War battle in his virt module and reruns it often, trying to solve a particular historical puzzle.

Roger Fallon (James D’Arcy). Psychiatrist. A gifted therapist and producer of an onboard reality show in which the crew members are obligated to take part, the price of their interstellar voyage. Though those two jobs might sound incompatible, Taylor said that he combines his tasks with aplomb.

Rika Godard (Sienna Guillory). Botanist, in charge of the hydroponics. Fallon’s wife, though Guillory said that her character is having an affair with someone on the ship.

Manny Rodriguez (Jose Pablo Cantillo). Mathematician and superstring theorist.

For more, read the article here.

Sienna Guillory talks Inkheart, Virtuality

SciFi Wire’s John Sullivan talked to Sienna Guillory, who’s in Vancouver, filming the Virtuality pilot. She talked about what atrracted her to the project, along with it’s connection to her upcoming film, Inkheart.

Sienna Guillory, who co-stars in the upcoming fantasy film Inkheart, told SCI FI Wire that the role fulfilled a longstanding ambition to work with Helen Mirren.

Guillory praised the film’s “extraordinary ensemble cast” in an interview in Vancouver, Canada, last week, where she is working on the Fox SF pilot Virtuality. “Working with Helen Mirren has always been my dream,” she said. “She inspired me to be an actor when I was 6 and I saw her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Inkheart is based on the first volume in a trilogy of young-adult fantasy novels by German author and illustrator Cornelia Funke. “It’s about the concept that certain people have the gift to read out loud,” said Guillory, “and when they read out loud, the things in the book come to life.”

Read the entire interview here.

A Glimpse of Virtuality

John Sullivan from SciFi Wire checks in from the Virtuality set, giving us a peek at a few of the show’s sets and costumes.

Virtuality, Ronald D. Moore’s SF pilot for Fox, is shooting in Vancouver, Canada, and SCI FI Wire got an exclusive peek at sets and costumes and talked with cast and crew, who said the show is not about ships and aliens, but about characters and conflict.

The show takes place aboard the Phaeton, Earth’s first interstellar starship, whose 12-person crew is on a 10-year voyage.

“To keep them occupied and give them an outlet for privacy, they’ve been given these virtual-reality modules,” writer/producer Michael Taylor said in an interview. “They each have a little corner to call their own, and it can be anything they want it to be. A place they can be alone, they can do some sort of activity or be in some time period. It’s whatever they want.”

The main set is a single module, which will be redressed to represent various ship modules that serve different purposes. While I was there earlier this week, the module was filled with plants, in beds and on racks on the walls. The overall effect was something like a cross between the International Space Station and a mall common area.

Virtuality is a backdoor pilot created by Moore and Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and directed by Peter Berg (Hancock).

Read the entire report right here.

Virtuality pilot humming along

The Future On Fox blog, which has been awesome enough to link to us, has given a small update on the filming of the Virtuality pilot…

The Virtuality first episode is humming along. Right now, they’re in an “airlock” set.

Such a wealth of information! Not really, but it’s exciting!

New Battlestar movie a sure thing, pt. 2

Here’s the entire press release from SciFi’s announcement, which includes a short synopsis of the new movie.



New York, NY – August 7, 2008 – SCI FI Channel today announced an all-new Battlestar Galactica special event, set to air in 2009 following the conclusion of the series and then released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment shortly thereafter.  Directed by series star Edward James Olmos and written by Battlestar Galactica’s Jane Espenson, the two-hour event will begin shooting in Vancouver at the end of this summer.  The cast includes Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Starting before the events of the miniseries, our story focuses on familiar characters including Cylon Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas).  In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn’t account for one thing: survivors.  During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.

Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Battlestar Galactica’s intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it unprecedented critical acclaim.  In addition to winning a prestigious Peabody Award, the series has been honored as one of the 10 Outstanding Television Programs of the Year by the American Film Institute (AFI) for two years running.  This year, the series was honored with six Emmy nominations, including a nod in the prestigious category for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.  Battlestar is also responsible for introducing the expletive “frak” into the pop culture lexicon.

The series is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

The final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica will begin airing on SCI FI Channel in 2009.

Special thanks to Maureen Ryan for posting.

New Battlestar movie a sure thing.

The LA Times reports today on the first official confirmation of SciFi’s upcoming BSG flick. From the article…

The stand-alone will document the Cylons’ attempts — those of two agents in particular — to grapple with human survivors, both those aboard ships and those left alive on planets, shortly after the Cylons’ destruction of human home worlds.

Fantastic news. Compelling, and rich. The article goes on to say that the movie is due out after the series concludes. Probably sometime in 2012. Of course, I’d follow this show into the gaping jaws of Hell, so I forgive them the wait.

Check it out.

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