Mod­ern re­vival for sci-fi clas­sic

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HIT 1970s sci-fi se­ries Blake’s 7 is to make a come­back – more then 30 years af­ter it dis­ap­peared from TV screens. A 13-part rein­ven­tion of the BBC pro­gram is be­ing devel­oped, with Casino Royale di­rec­tor Martin Camp­bell al­ready on board the project. There have been at­tempts to re­ju­ve­nate the show in the past but they have failed to come to fruition. The se­ries is in the pipe­line with Heroe­sand CSI writer Joe Pokaski work­ing on scripts. It is be­ing devel­oped with US ca­ble net­work Syfy. The orig­i­nal se­ries starred Gareth Thomas as Blake, a po­lit­i­cal dis­si­dent, although he was a reg­u­lar char­ac­ter in only the first two of the four se­ries. It was cre­ated by Terry Na­tion, a reg­u­lar writer for Doc­tor Who who con­jured up the ex­trater­res­trial mu­tant race, The Daleks. The new se­ries, set in 2136, tells the story of seven crim­i­nals head­ing to a prison colony in space who es­cape and take over an alien ship. ‘‘ Blake’s 7 was such a for­ward­think­ing con­cept that the show con­tin­ues to have res­o­nance with au­di­ences to­day,’’ says Fre­mantleMe­dia In­ter­na­tional CEO David El­len­der. ‘‘Its com­plex characters and gritty sto­ry­lines, cou­pled with the highly tal­ented team and mod­ern pro­duc­tion tech­niques are sure to ap­peal to both orig­i­nal fans and new view­ers.’’ Blake’s 7 has been re­vived on ra­dio but ef­forts to bring it back to the screen – in­clud­ing a Sky-backed re­turn – did not get off the ground.

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