Sci Fi has put Caprica into orbit.
The NBCU-owned network has greenlit production on original series Caprica, ordering 20 hours of the drama, including the two-hour pilot, from Universal Cable Productions.
Production of the show, the prequel to the network’s hit Battlestar Galactica, is set to begin this summer, with the show slated for its on-screen debut sometime in 2010.
Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families – the Graystones and the Adamas – as they compete and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies, a society recognizably close to our own. Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics.
Caprica will star Eric Stoltz (Milk, Chicago Hope), Esai Morales (Jericho, NYPD Blue), Paula Malcomson (Deadwood, ER) and Golden Globe-nominee Polly Walker (Cane, Rome).
“Caprica will build on Battlestar Galactica’s acclaimed legacy of gripping drama and extraordinary characters,” said Sci Fi president Dave Howe in a statement. “It's the beginning of a brand new epic saga that will appeal to both new viewers, totally unfamiliar with the Battlestar franchise, as well as existing loyal and passionate Battlestar fans.”