Green Light for Moore’s Virtuality

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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.

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