Battlestar Galactica got rebooted into the annals of modern classics. Doctor Who time traveled 16-years to become a big hit again for the BBC. So can sci-fi lightning from the 70s and 80s strike three times? One production company is hoping so with a new edition of the BBC hit Blake’s 7.
Georgeville Television is shopping a remake of Blake’s to potential network partners with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) producing and maybe directing, and Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) is writing the updated pilot.
The original Blake’s 7 ran for four seasons between 1978 and 1981. Created by sci-fi author and Dalek creator Terry Nation, the show followed a renegade crew of criminals and political dissidents who escape the clutches of the evil Terran Federation, steal an alien spaceship, and launch a rebellion against the tyrannical Feds. Think of it like Robin Hood meets Star Wars 700 years in the future, and if someone can’t spin that into gold then they have to be a special kind of hack.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lack of good space opera shows on TV right now, so maybe the right combination of players can make something really unique here. Or at least make something longer lasting than Sky 1’s attempted remake of the show a couple of years ago.
How about you Bastards? Would you watch a Blake’s 7 remake?
Monsters, pirates, dangerous storms on the high seas… Just another day for the legendary seaman Sinbad, who’s appearing in a new series produced by Britain’s Sky One. Sinbad premieres in the U.K. on Sunday (as well as on the Space Channel in Canada. Sorry, Americans), but a preview clip from the premiere episode has been released online. You can watch it below, and while I won’t say Sinbad’s in hot water, he’s most definitely in some deep $#!%.
Let’s roll the clip:
Sinbad stars Elliot Knight in the title role and co-stars Lost‘s Naveen Andrews as Sinbad’s archnemesis, Lord Akbari. Both actors actually have the same colored skin as the original characters, which is pleasant though genuine rarity for depictions of famous figures of Arabic mythology.
About the series:
Produced by Impossible Pictures, the 12 episode series follows the adventures of Sinbad, who is on the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother. Sinbad finds himself cast out to sea on The Providence, a ship filled with a range of intriguing characters. After surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his fellow shipmates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Sinbad must embark on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny.
How about it Bastards? Want to see Sinbad on screens on American shores?