Syfy to Develop Cult Adventure Classic 'Blake's 7'; 'Casino Royale's' Martin Campbell to Direct, 'Heroes' Joe Pokaski to Write Pilot

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August 22nd, 2012

via press release:




NEW YORK – August 22, 2012 – Syfy will develop the cult UK classic adventure-sci-fi series Blake’s 7, teaming with Georgeville Television and producer Marc Rosen.

Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) will direct the script by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI).

Originally created by Terry Nation (Dr. Who), Blake’s 7 premiered on the BBC in 1978, running for four seasons (52 episodes). The series centered around hard-core renegades and criminals who escape from a prison planet, battling humans and aliens alike – and becoming heroes.

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  • Moe

    I LOVED this show! Just hope they cast and write it right!!

  • AniMatsuri

    I keep reading about what a great show this was. Now I’ll have to read about great this show was and had badly done the U.S. version is.

  • Barb

    Really not looking forward to an American remake of the show. The original was excellent.

  • Martin

    Was this the one where almost every character on the show died in the last scene of the finale?.

  • cimmer

    @Barb, totally agree. I’m not very impressed by the development team either. There were no heroes on Blakes 7 just smarter bad guys; American TV has a real problem pulling that off. Now, if they had the guys who did Dexter or Breaking Bad developing Blakes 7, that would definitely get my attention.

    Thank goodness British TV had and has a lot of scifi/fantasy shows over the years or Syfy wouldn’t have anything to copy or remake. lol

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Martin: Yes, apparently everyone died. However, we never did see Kerr Avon, the last member standing, actually die – we just heard blaster sound effects. So die-hards still believe the show could be resurrected… :-)

    Most of the seasons, they didn’t even have actually seven members of the crew. :-)

    Hope they cast a really hot babe as the villain Servalan… Jacqueline Pearce was really good.

    My favorite character was always Avon. I still remember one of his lines:

    Avon: Tarrant. I presume you have no tedious scruples about cheating and lying.
    Tarrant: None at all.
    Avon: (smiles) Oh good.

  • Annonimous

    Just finished first season and it’s really great. Graphics and FX of course not up to modern standards (maybe even not up to standards of 1978), but show is brilliantly written and cast truly great. SyFy is sorry excuse for channel as much as NBC is. Most shows that come out good they kill, and the rest cripple. I’m surprised that they even have something other than reality and wrestling.

    Blake’s 7 is another reminder that big budget is nothing, but good writing and acting is everything. You can’t just pay people top bucks and expect great result if you mess up with creatives. But if talent love what they do, great product will emerge.

  • Kyle. S

    Wow! Blake’s 7, Clandestine, and Defender! At least one of these scripts will get made into series and we’ll have a Space Opera back on the Telly! Amazing.

  • Craig_Thomas

    A few years ago Sky 1 over here in the UK was doing a remake of it. I wonder if they still planning that…

  • Simon

    Please let it be Clandestine, and Defender! Please let it be Clandestine, and Defender! Please let it be Clandestine, and Defender!

    We also have Defiance starting next year which looks like it could be the starting point for the return of hardcore Sci-Fi that a lot of Sci-Fi fans have been craving for since they cancelled SGU!

  • groove365

    I watched the original recently. SyFy doesn’t have the onions to pull off a show like this and get it right anymore.
    They did in the BSG days but that was a long time ago.
    They’re going to water it down if it makes it at all.

  • Steven Waters

    This was an excellent, thought provoking show. If the new version can be as good I will lokk forward to it. Good luck to all involved.

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