The Hollywood Reporter says Fox has given the green light to "Virtuality," a two-hour pilot from "Battlestar Galactica" mastermind Ronald D. Moore.
The sci-fi project, from Universal Media Studios and producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, is set aboard the Phaeton, Earth's first starship. It revolves around its crew of 12 astronauts on a 10-year journey to explore a distant solar system. To help them endure the long trip and keep their minds occupied, NASA has equipped the ship with advanced virtual-reality modules, allowing the crew members to assume adventurous identities and go to any place they want. The plan works flawlessly until a mysterious "bug" is found in the system.
"It's very much about what's fantasy and what's reality; what we do to escape our lives and what actually institutes our lives; are these things very different," UMS president Katherine Pope said.
"Virtuality" is a brainchild of Braun, who shaped up the idea with Berman, his producing partner at BermanBraun.
Moore brought in with him "Battlestar" writer/producer Michael Taylor. The two wrote the script and are executive producing the project with Berman and Braun.
The project is slated to begin production in July.