Modern revival for sci-fi classic
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.