Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Caprica gets a showrunner: Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson, writer and co-executive producer on Battlestar Galactica, will be taking on the same duties on Caprica and eventually take over as showrunner, writes Chicago Tribune. When the writers meet in February to work on the first season, Ron Moore will be still be at the helm. Espenson is expected to take over halfway through the season.

Other Galactica veterans who have joined the new crew are composer Bear McCreary, production designer Richard Hudolin and special effects supervisor Gary Hutzel. Espenson says that BSG writers Michael Taylor and Ryan Mottesheard will also soon be joining them in the writers' room.

Espenson has a long list of television credits which include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, The Inside, Tru Calling, Dollhouse and Warehouse 13. She came on board Galactica for the third season and has since also written the recent BSG webisodes, The Face of the Enemy, and the upcoming movie, The Plan.

Asked about the differences between Caprica and Battlestar, she said: "I think it will certainly be different, but it's like a different garment made from the same fabric. The beating heart of it will be the same -- complex moral situations, high stakes, compelling characters. Robots."

And speaking of robots, Gary Hutzel, the new visual effects supervisor, told LA Times what we can expect to see on Caprica:

Moving from "Battlestar" to "Caprica," is the process easier for you?

Because we've been doing the robot centurions for years it's ... well, "Caprica's" more robot-heavy for us. There's a lot more development of the Cylon robots. We also have a lot of environmental stuff to do.

Some of the things are similar in that there's still the element of terrorism taking place. "Caprica" is much more on the nose, much more literal when it comes to talking about those things....

The worlds in effect are allegories for the countries and they're very clear-cut.... "Caprica" is the jewel of the planets. "Caprica" is the United States.

Caprica starts shooting in July for an early 2010 premiere.

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