SciFi Channel orders Battlestar Galactica Prequel Caprica

Battlestar Galactica fans can celebrate, because despite the end of the series after its fourth season, there’s a prequel on the way.

Caprica has a full order after a pilot made earlier this year, and will star Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Polly Walker in a story line based 50 years prior to Battlestar Galactica’s attack on human civilization by the Cylons. The series will focus on the Earthlike planet of Caprica as two rival families deal with the broader implications of their society’s emerging artificial intelligence technology sector.

According to Variety, the seires will be produced by Universal Cable Prods, exec produced by Ronald D. Moore, David Eick and Remi Aubuchon.

Sci Fi is aiming for an early 2010 start for the series with production starting around the middle of next year.

Here’s the official Caprica promo for fans: