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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.

Via: comicbookmovie

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

I’m going to jump right out and say it, Green Lantern is pretty, damn good. I’m actually kind of lost as to why it’s been hammered with such negative reviews leading up to its opening. Why the 22% percent, Rotten Tomatoes? Green Lantern is far better than Fantastic Four (27%) or Catwoman (10%), so why is it labeled rotten? Are we fans now, too hard to please? Have we been made as tough and cruel as the streets of Gotham since The Dark Knight proved how gritty a comic book movie could be?

To enjoy Green Lantern you need to lighten up and embrace the zaniness of Silver Age comics. Yes, there are millions of aliens, an inter-stellar police force Earth had no knowledge of and magic rings could pop out of the sky at any moment and turn you into the universe’s next super hero. If you can accept these premises and not take yourself or the movie too seriously, you’ll have a blast with Green Lantern. If you go in looking for a deep, soul-searching experience dealing with heavy themes of what it means to become a hero, you’re gonna be disappointed.

Some spoilerific comments can be expected below the cut.

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We’re only three days away from the big screen release of Martin Campbell‘s Green Lantern film and everything should be shaping up to be a fantastic release. Unfortunately reviews have been coming in from early screenings and let’s just say even in brightest day Hal Jordan isn’t fairing too well with the fans. The third in a line of DC heroes to actually have their project reach their viewing audience (sorry Wonder Woman) and it looks like they might have struck out on this one.

We picked a few of the best  worst reviews and are posting them hear for you to judge for yourself. Click on the site name for the entire review.
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The first screening of Martin Campbell‘s Green Lantern happened on Sunday night in Hollywood, and the early response so far has been very positive. Of course none of this offers any insightful criticism for the movie, just a lot of fanboy gushing about how excited they were to actually see a Green Lantern film.

Read some tweets and quotes below.

Robert Meyer Burnett (director of Free Enterprise) on Twitter: GREEN LANTERN fucking ROCKED. The 3D was AWESOME. As a lifelong DC fan, the opening ten minutes made me squeal like schoolgirl. … Believe it. The first ten minutes will make you believe. The 3D is also outstanding. … GREEN LANTERN was terrific fun. The fact that it works at all is a miracle, but it really does cook. The first ten minutes sold me. … The 3D in the opening ten minutes is wonderful. But YOU MUST see it with polarized glasses. The color is great. … It’s not campy at all. The humor is earned. And Mark Strong as Sinestro was AWESOME. … I LOVED GREEN LANTERN. Don’t know why, but it kinda’ felt like THE LAST STARFIGHTER. I know…”Huh?!? What?!?” … it really did feel like an 80′s movie, circa ’84… Weird. … BTW…In LexG parlance…Blake Lively…LOOK AT HER. SMOOOOOKING hot.

Natasha Eloi (Space Channel) on Twitter:  ”So-Frakking-Un-Believable!!! I’m still spinning w/ delight & utter fangirl satisfaction!! #GREENLANTERN IS GO!!!” … #GREENLANTERNCORP be sure to stay until the end of the 1st credit roll for the BIG PAYOFF!! U won’t be disappointed!! …. Torn between #MarkStrong as #Sinestro#RyanReynolds as #GreenLantern on who rocked more! Hmm? Think we have a tie. Better be a sequel;)

David A. Arnold (comedian) on Twitter: Just saw Green Lantern…GOOD SHIT!

Trey Alexander (Fandango.com) on Twitter: “Just saw Green Lantern. Interview the cast tomorrow. Blake Lively is so hot. Ryan Reynolds is perfect. Great mix of humor, action & drama.”

Ashley Williams (Good Day Sacramento) on Twitter: “Just saw Green Lantern…amaz!”

Renee Bargh (Australian EXTRA) on Twitter: “Just Saw my 3rd movie for the weekend ‘The Green Lantern.’ Blake Lively looked Smokin as a brunette and Ryan didn’t look too bad either ;)”

Every comic book movie this summer has gotten really positive “early praise” and then not lived up to it. I’m going to assume this movie is terrible just so it might for once exceed my expectations.

Thanks for slashfilm for compiling these tweets

Seems like both WB and DC want to keep on teasing us with their upcoming film, Green Lantern and can you blame them? The Martin Campbell directed film has just released it’s 10th TV spot and although the spot is short as usual, it has a little bit of everything for all of us to enjoy.

If you still have any doubts about Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, especially after how he recites the oath in this spot, then I don’t know what can get you excited for this upcoming superhero flick.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie bits that you should know about, but just don’t make a full post on their own.

After all the rewrites, costume changes and questionable character tweaking, NBC passed on the Wonder Woman dramatic action series pilot. Good decision for NBC, but too bad for Adrianne Palicki, who probably thought she’d landed the greatest gig ever.  You’d think that the problem lied solely with the very David E. Kelley-ness of the show, and not with her performance, right? But NBC chief Robert Greenblatt, says other wise. Greenblatt (haha, he has a funny last name) sat down with TV Guide recently and explained why the network skipped on Diana Prince and her lasso of truthh:

“They did a great pilot and worked really hard on it. And I have huge respect for David E. Kelley. But we looked at the schedule and our needs and where things were falling into place. And it just didn’t seem to fit.”

On what he thought about the costume and fan backlash:

“I was surprised there was such an uproar. But that didn’t have anything to do with whether the show got picked up. I love that it got so much attention. All that engagement from people whether it was positive or negative was good. And she did ultimately have these little hot pants…”

Son of a bitch! Fucker teases about “ little hot pants” we’ll never ever see. Dick!

I was really not excited about this show at all and the collective consensus from, I dunno… everyone, shared in the sentiment. Is there anyone that’s not happy with NBC’s decision. Besides Adrianne Palicki, that is.  What are your thoughts on GreenBlatt’s explanation?

I was really not excited about this show at all and the collective consensus from, I dunno… everyone, shared in the sentiment. Will Wonder Woman ever see the light of day?  Probably not, but some other network could still pick this up like Sy Fy ‘cause they have no standards.

HIT THE JUMP for Smallville Thank You Letter To Fans and news that Martin Campbell Will NOT Direct Green Lantern 2.

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With little more then 3 months until the Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern film hits theaters, there’s still a looming question in the air on what Parallax -yellow fear based entity-  will look like. Other then a production shot, no one has seen much else of the yellow monster/villain. If you’ve been reading the Green Lantern series you know what Parallax is, a creature of fear imprisoned inside the central power battery of Oa. Known simply as “the yellow impurity”, a reason for a lantern’s weakness, we now have a better look at this villain thanks to an upcoming toy.

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Green Lantern Set Visit!

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Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm had the opportunity to visit the set of the upcoming Green Lantern (June 2011) movie that has just wrapped 100 days straight of filming in Louisiana.  And while not much could be revealed (damn Wanrer Bros. keeping everything under wraps).  But what was said was,

Warner Bros isn’t just making a superhero movie, they are making a big space opera. The scopeis huge and very ambitious and I’m excited to see if they can pull it off, and if mainstream America are willing to accept the abundance of hard sci-fi elements.

I think this speaks volumes for what they are trying to accomplish with this film.  As Sciretta alludes to in his video post this is a film that will be less grounded than Spider-Man or Batman.  I think that there will definitely be some issues bringing in a mainstream audience in; However, if anyone is capable of this task it’s Ryan Reynolds alongside director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).  What do you guys think about all of this?  Is Warner Bros. biting off more than it can chew with this project or do you think they’ll accomplish there task of drawing us into this world??  Also, check out some concept art for the film, Reynolds in costume as well as Sciretta’s video blog after the jump.

Source: SlashFilm

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Even More Alien Green Lanterns

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Yes folks, that is just one of many alien Green Lanterns that were revealed during the past weekend. How many to be exact? There’s eight of them. Sheesh, at this rate, WB could do like a weekly reveal as it seems that they are trying to PACK many Green Lanterns in this film. While I’m sure most of them will just have a couple second cameo in the flick, it does bug me that they are trying to do a lot for the first film. Then again, what do I know, maybe some of you are loving all these reveals of the Green Lanterns. Anyway, check after the jump to see who was revealed and see if you approve of their design.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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