The blogosphere’s favourite film and television composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) says that he is recording the orchestral score for the Caprica two-hour pilot and that he will be composing the score for the entire first season of the prequel series.
“The score, like the tone of new series, is quite different from Galactica,” McCreary wrote on his blog. “ I am introducing a new ensemble, soloists and distinct musical themes, expanding the sonic boundaries of the Battlestar universe, while still keeping the soul of the score connected to my previous work. And don’t worry… Chris Bleth, MB Gordy, Paul Cartwright and the other unique musicians who play on Galactica are on board as well.”
Caprica will follow two families – the Graystones and the Adamas – 50 years before the events in the Galactica miniseries play out. Eric Stoltz stars as Daniel Graystone, an insanely wealthy computer genius whose daughter gets killed in a terrorist attack. Joining him is Esai Morales in the role of Joseph Adama, the father of Edward James Olmos’ character, footnoted many times in the current series as one of the most prominent lawyers on Caprica. Deadwood‘s Paula Malcomson plays Graystone’s wife Amanda, Alessandra Toreson appears as his daughter Zoe/the first Cylon model, and Polly Walker (Rome, Cane) plays the school headmistress who converts her most promising students to a monotheistic cult, which is what sets the main events in the series in motion.
Caprica was picked up for a full 20-episode season in late November 2008 and will go into production this summer for an early 2010 premiere.
Battlestar Galactica returns for its final run tonight, January 16, at 10 p.m. on the SCI FI Channel.