Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (08:56:11)
Posted by Z
Fox has given the green light to Virtuality, a two-hour backdoor SF pilot from the mastermind behind SCI FI Channel's Battlestar Galactica, Ronald D. Moore, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project, from Universal Media Studios and producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, is set aboard the starship Phaeton on a 10-year journey to explore a distant solar system. To help the 12 crew members endure the long trip and keep their minds occupied, NASA has equipped the ship with advanced virtual-reality modules, allowing them to assume adventurous identities and go to any place they want. The plan works until a mysterious bug is found in the system, the trade paper reported.
Virtuality is a brainchild of Braun, who shaped the idea with Berman, his producing partner at BermanBraun.
The two approached several writers, including Moore, who sparked to the premise and quickly developed it into what became the concept for Virtuality. He brought with him Battlestar writer-producer Michael Taylor. The two penned the script and are executive-producing the project with Berman and Braun.
Under BermanBraun's first-look deal with NBC Universal, Virtuality was pitched to UMS and NBC. UMS, which also produces Battlestar, quickly came on board. After NBC passed on the project, considered to be too science fiction for the network, it was taken to Fox.
The project, slated to begin production in July, reunites Berman with Fox, where she served as entertainment president from 2001-'05.