Syfy is working on a U.S. version of Blake's 7.

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Syfy is working on a U.S. version of Blake's 7.

Post by dfuk » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:45 pm

Syfy is working on a U.S. version of classic UK sci-fi series Blake’s 7.

Created by Terry Nation (Dr. Who), Blake’s 7 followed a hard-core renegades and criminals who escape from a prison planet — battling humans and aliens alike – and became heroes. The show launched on BBC in 1978 and ran for four seasons. If greenlit, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct the script by Joe Pokaski (Heroes).

The move shows Syfy making an effort to go back to the space travel genre after launching plenty of terrestrial-bound scripted projects and reality shows in recent years since shedding its former Sci Fi Channel name. The network once synonymous with shows like Battlestar Galactica and Farscape has lacked a space-based drama since cancelling Stargate Universe last year.
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Re: Syfy is working on a U.S. version of Blake's 7.

Post by Geoffrey(aka Jasper) » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:26 pm

Hmmm . . . we'll see what happens; there have been several rumours of a revival of B7 and so far all have come to nought.

I will admit I've mixed feelings about this partly because I am rather fond of the original Blake's 7. Okay not every episode was a gem, and I do feel that as it went on characters got sidelined and the tone become depressingly, as opposed to invigoratingly, dark. But overall I really liked it and while it would be great to see some more of it; I'm not sure I'd want to see simple re-workings of the original stories.

Another reason why I've got mixed feelings is that "re-imaginings" have a mixed record. The reimagined BSG was great - well, initially, I did feel it lost its way as the series progressed - but other reimaginings e.g. "Flash Gordon" not so great. And it helped that I've no really strong feelings about the original BSG.

So a SF series about the struggles of a small group of flawed heroes fighting a galaxy spanning tyranny; well I could certainly go for it, but a re-imagined Blake's 7 . . . well, wait and see.
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