The new version of Blake's 7 is to be directed by Martin Campbell, the man who rebooted Bond twice, and with great success each time… though he did also get caught up in that whole Green Lantern mess. Poor chap.
With Campbell on board, Freemantle Media have taken the project to MiPCom, and issued an official little teaser blurb:
The year is 2136, Blake wakes up on one side of the bed. He reaches for the other side. There's nobody there. As reality sets in, this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.
…and that's it.
Okay, maybe not. There's a change of gear and then:
A revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series made in the late 1970s, Blake's 7 tells the story of seven criminals – 6 guilty and 1 innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together 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.
The new series has been written by Joe Pokaski, who has experience with Heroes and CSI, as both a supervising producer and writer.
There are going to be thirteen episodes, an hour a piece, and Syfy has stepped up to screen them in the US.
But the most amazeballs thing about this do-over is the way Leon Clarance, one of the show's backers, decided to describe it:
Joe Pokaski and Martin Campbell have worked tirelessly with the Georgeville TV team to create an amazeballs reboot of this classic space opera which I watched with my father when I was a child. This reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans will enthrall original and new fans alike. I couldn't be happier to have our beloved show handled internationally by the passionate team at FremantleMedia.
Yep. Amazeballs. LOLZ. KMN.
In case you missed it, one week ago today we saw a surprise announcement that Idris Elba would be playing Blake. There was less to the announcement than met the eye, I'm afraid, but it still gave us a good laugh, and made us dream.
What if, eh?