Variety reports that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA showrunner Ron Moore has signed a rich deal with NBC/Universal.
Deal calls for Moore, who exec produced the first season of HBO’s "Carnivale"
before joining "Battlestar," to create and develop series, with an emphasis on
He’s already set up the NBC fantasy skein
"Pen and the Sword" and "Warehouse 13," a quirky one-hour for Sci Fi Channel.
Moore also will continue to steer "Battlestar," which kicks off the second half
of season two Jan. 6.
"Pen and the Sword" revolves around a young man at a temp agency who comes to
realize the building he works in is a portal to a sort of medieval alternate
reality. Show will follow the man as he slides between worlds, trying to unravel
the connection between the two — i.e., verbal spats between colleagues in one
dimension are sword fights in the other.
"It’s definitely something different for a broadcast network," Moore said.
"At its heart, ‘Pen and the Sword’ is really the story of this guy and his late
father, who was somehow involved in the office."
For Sci Fi, Moore will oversee "Warehouse 13" from writer Brent Mote. Project
concerns a pair of government officials banished to a storage facility in North
Dakota where they spend their days cataloguing artifacts and other odds and ends
collected by the government over the years. Unbeknownst to them, every item has
a backstory, pulling them into fantastic and supernatural quests each week.
"It’s ‘Northern Exposure’-esque and more comedic than anything else I’ve seen
on Sci Fi," Moore said. "What interested me was that it was a fun concept
anchored by real characters."