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The British television scifi cult classic Blake’s 7 is getting the royal reboot treatment from writer Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale). The original series ran from 1978 to 1981 and has grown a cult following through reruns, video, and DVD sales. Hoping that they can catch lightning in a bottle and replicate the success of the Battlestar Galactica reboot SyFy has given the go ahead for the production of 13 one hour episodes.

A revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series made in the late 1970s, Blake’s 7 tells the story of seven criminals – 6 guilty and 1 innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment. They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time.

One interesting correlation between the Battlestar Galactica reboot and the original Blake’s 7 series is the controversy surrounding their finales. Both left fans with unanswered questions and frustrating final scenes. Perhaps some of the original actors and actresses can make cameos, that would be a nice nod to the original.

Will you be tuning in to check out the new Blake’s 7?  

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Fremantle Media’s press release:

MIPTV, Cannes, 8 April 2013 – FremantleMedia International today launches the eagerly anticipated remake of the cult drama Blake’s 7 to international buyers at MIPTV. In development with US cable network Syfy, the 13 x 1 hour series will be produced by Georgeville TV, the independent studio co-founded by Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment, and producer Marc Rosen. The science fiction classic will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye).

The year is 2136, Blake wakes up on one side of the bed. He reaches for the other side. There’s nobody there. As reality sets in, this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.

A revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series made in the late 1970s, Blake’s 7 tells the story of seven criminals – 6 guilty and 1 innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment. They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time.

David Ellender, CEO FremantleMedia International and Kids & Family Entertainment said, “Blake’s 7 was such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today. Its complex characters and gritty storylines, coupled with the highly talented team and modern production techniques are sure to appeal to both original fans of the show and new viewers.”

Leon Clarance, co-founder of Georgeville Television and CEO of Motion Picture Capital, the finance arm of Reliance Entertainment, said, “Joe Pokaski and Martin Campbell have worked tirelessly with the Georgeville TV team to create an amazeballs reboot of this classic space opera which I watched with my father when I was a child. This reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans will enthrall original and new fans alike. I couldn’t be happier to have our beloved show handled internationally by the passionate team at FremantleMedia”

Blake’s 7 is one of several premium drama offerings in the FremantleMedia International scripted portfolio which includes Wentworth (10 x 1 hour), a FremantleMedia Australia production set to premiere on Australia’s Foxtel in May this year, and The Making of a Lady, a psychological event thriller produced by Runaway Fridge and which captivated UK audiences when it aired on ITV1 in December 2012.

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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?

Source: Blastr