by Krypton Radio staff writer Michael Brown
The cult classic BBC sci-fi series Blake’s 7 is being remade for the Syfy channel. FremantleMedia International announced that 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski and that Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell was also involved. The original series, which ran on the BBC between 1978 and 1981, followed the exploits of a group of renegades and criminals. Roj Blake, played by actor Gareth Thomas, was a political dissident arrested, tried and convicted on false charges by a brutal totalitarian government, deported from Earth to a prison planet, and steals a spaceship from which Blake and his team conduct a campaign against the ruling Terran Federation.
According to FremantleMedia, the new series will be set in 2136 and will “tell the story of seven criminals – six guilty and one innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who 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.”
At its peak, Blake’s 7 was watched by 10 million viewers and was sold to 40 countries. A range of Blake’s 7 merchandise including books, magazines, and toys were released. This is not the first time a remake of Blake’s 7 has been attempted. In 2003, a miniseries was shelved after actor Paul Darrow – who played Kerr Avon in the original show – bowed out of the project.
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