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Battlestar Galactica 2003 Direct-To-Video Telefilm
Written by Marcel Damen   
Monday, 08 January 2007 reports of a Direct-To-Video DVD of a Battlestar Galactica 2003 telefilm said to be brought out in between Season 3 and 4. There's even speculation that this two hour telefilm will tie into the mythology for the Battlestar Galactica spin-off series Caprica.

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.

The only potential obstacle is that the network (SciFi Channel) and studio (Universal) have not officially greenlit a fourth season of the series, which will presumably occur shortly after the remainder of the third season begins in its new timeslot on Sundays, beginning in late January. In the event, there is further ratings erosion, it is possible the series, and plans for the DTV project, will be scrapped entirely, although this seems unlikely. Whether the Galactica production team will avail themselves of the lack of network censorship restrictions remains to be decided although it seems likely that the format will prove liberating for the creative braintrust of the series led by Ronald Moore and David Eick, the series producers.

DTV appears to be the perfect niche for genre fare that has a dedicated and loyal fan base, but have not been huge mainstream successes. In addition to Warner Bros. recently adding a DTV division within its home video department for horror and genre films, which premiered with the Raw Feed title, Rest Stop, they recently began production on a Babylon 5 DTV movie which was sparred by the series tremendous success on home video. This may bode well for other dormant genre franchises such as Firefly, which despite anemic box-office results for its first feature fiilm, Serenity, and hefty unrecouped P&A expenditures, still sells briskly on DVD. There also continue to be uncomfirmed rumors that Fox Home Video would also like to revive its bestselling Buffy franchise for DTV as well, but for the moment Babylon 5 and, shortly, Battlestar Galactica remain the earliest to come to fruition.


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