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Martin Campbell Plans Blake's 7 Reboot

23 July 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Martin Campbell Plans Blake's 7 Reboot

While Doctor Who has returned triumphantly to our screens in the last few years, BBC stable mate Blake’s 7 has eyed it enviously from the sidelines, seemingly doomed to languish forever on the cusp, never quite escaping development hell. Now, however, Martin Campbell and indie US telly outlet Georgeville Television are putting together an updated version for American screens.

Created in 1978 by Terry Nation (the man who also birthed the concept of Who’s Daleks), Blake’s was a much more dystopian look at space exploration than either Doctor Who or Star Trek, which it resembled.

Our heroes are a group of renegades against the totalitarian Terran Federation “led” (as well as he could given the problems of keeping the team together) by Blake (Gareth Thomas). As they pilot their alien spaceship and attempt to escape the clutches of their enemies, they encounter various planets and cultures. Blake’s 7 ran for four series between 1978 and 1981 and has since lived on in books and audio adventures. Various remakes and reboots have been mooted over the years, but nothing solid has ever hit screens.

Now Campbell and Heroes / CSI veteran Joe Pokaski are collaborating on a reimagining of the original series, with Campbell attached to make the pilot and Pokaski on script duties. No US network is attached just yet, but it appears to have a better chance than other efforts.

We’re torn about this one. Part of what made Blake’s 7 great was its ambition and the attempt to bring in more of the darkness inherent in British sci-fi to an adventure serial. But the low-budget charm also made it appealing. And while Campbell has proven (twice) with Bond that he’s good at bringing older stories to life in a new way, his last attempt at an intergalactic tale led to Green Lantern. Finally, can US broadcast networks accept something as dark as Blake’s needs to be to feel authentic? Battlestar Galactica suggests that they might, but watch this space to see...

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Will they keep it as dark as the original?
Roj Blake was originally framed and convicted of child molestation. Doubtful they would use this storyline unchanged now More

Posted by alf2019 at 18:12 on 24 July 2012 | Report This Post

All the character's will be American now.
They just will. I'm not even going to 'bet', they just will. It's a fact. The only brits will be baddies or comedy characters, old men or 'english rose' girls for or two of this lot. Take your pick. They will. I love America/them wot lives there...But let us ALWAYS defend Dr Who against them. They can take away everything else...our wives, childeren, 'Only Fools And Horses' and 'Blakes 7'...but they shall NEVER have Dr Who! 'Britain's never, never, never shall be slaves...' for More

Posted by Cyberleader at 13:49 on 24 July 2012 | Report This Post

Then Blakes 7 should be just as gritty. Last I heard SKY had the rights to Blakes 7, and since they were co-producers on the Galactica mini series, this might be where things are going? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 09:32 on 24 July 2012 | Report This Post

Why American???
Why remake a classic British sci-fi series and do it American when us English are more than capable of pulling off spectacular sci-fi that actually is well acted and has character? And why not just expand on Blakes 7 rather than a remake of something that will never be bettered? Campbell should leave this well alone! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 23:15 on 23 July 2012 | Report This Post

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