For those of you who don’t know, Blake’s 7 was a BBC sci fi television show that ran during the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was a mashup of genre elements resulting in a vibe somewhere akin to Magnificent 7 meets Robin Hood meets Star Trek. The show had a massively fervent fanbase in England but never really caught on here in the states.
Well, Microsoft thinks that’s going to change. The Financial Times is reporting:
Microsoft has agreed to finance a remake of the cult BBC TV science fiction series Blake’s 7 for its Xbox Live digital network, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal represents the latest move by the technology company to create original content.
Previous to this announcement we’d heard that Syfy was going to produce the reboot. Interestingly enough, Microsoft is only looking to order a pilot, not a full series. It would seem that the studio model of creating pilots and then weighing their viability is transitioning to New Media as well.
Bleeding Cool reported on this story some time ago, and this is what they had to say:
The new version of Blake’s 7 is to be directed by Martin Campbell, the man who rebooted Bond twice, and with great success each time… though he did also get caught up in that whole Green Lanternmess. Poor chap.
With Campbell on board, Freemantle Media have taken the project to MiPCom, and issued an official little teaser blurb:
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.
…and that’s it.
Okay, maybe not. There’s a change of gear and then:
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.
The new series has been written by Joe Pokaski, who has experience with Heroes and CSI, as both a supervising producer and writer.