Published on April 9th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley15
SyFy Picks Up Blake’s 7 Reboot
Let’s face it, things have been tough for SyFy since it renamed from The Sci-Fi Channel and Battlestar Galactica ended. But they could be on to a winner with their next big series project…
Yes, the US science fiction TV network (whose output has been steadily moving into non-science fiction territory of late) is entering into co-production with Fremantle Media for the new version of Blake’s 7.
Last year we reported how the show format was being sold to American broadcasters, and with the news that Heroes and CSI writer Joe Pokaski is developing scripts and James Bond director Martin Campbell is also heading for the canvas chair, it seems that the team behind the project have finally got their way.
In a turn of events that isn’t dissimilar to the return of Doctor Who, Big Finish have been producing original cast audios of Blake’s 7 for a while now, foreshadowing a return to TV of this amazing, inspiring and in many ways revolutionary TV series, conceived by Terry Nation with notable contributions from Chris Boucher.
How the modern version will work we don’t yet know, although we’ll be fascinated to see whether Blake is wrongly accused of being a paedophile in order discredit him and if Avon will be banned from digital equipment under a futuristic computer misuse law.
The possibilities for this reboot are endlessly tantalising – let’s just hope it is more BSG and less Doctor Who: The Movie…