Blake’s 7 has landed on Syfy.
The cult British adventure/sc-fi series is being remade for the cabler, Deadline reports.
The remake will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes) and directed by movie helmer Martin Campbell. Syfy has given the project a script-to-series commitment, so if they like the script, they will greenlight for a 13-episode series order, bypassing the pilot stage.
The original series created by Terry Nation, followed the exploits of a group of renegades and convicted criminals who travelled the universe fighting against a repressive regime. It spanned four series between 1978 and 1981, and is famed in part for its deployment of the mighty story arc with many seeing it as a more ‘serious’ alternative to Doctor Who. (Nation also created the Daleks).
Update: Here’s the official Syfy press release announcing Blake’s 7:
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.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on Blake’s 7 developments. In the meantime, why not take a look at the original B7 opening title sequence below: