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PostSubject: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:30 am

Per deadline.com:

EXCLUSIVE: Georgeville Television, an independent TV studio co-founded recently by Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment, and producer Marc Rosen, has teamed with feature director Martin Campbell (Casino Royal) to revive the cult 1978 adventure/sci-fi series Blake’s 7. Writer Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) will pen the re-imagining of the original series created by Terry Nation, a prolific UK TV writer who also created the Daleks for the classic BBC series Doctor Who. Campbell is attached to direct the Blake’s 7 reboot, which is being shopped to U.S. networks.

If, like me, you grew up in Europe in the 1980s, there is no way you haven’t heard of Blake’s 7, which was hugely popular in its native Britain and across Europe where it was better known than Star Trek at the time. Widely considered a cult classic despite no-frills, low-tech special effects, Blake’s 7 ran on BBC for four seasons. (See the show’s title sequence below.) Referred to as “The Dirty Dozen in space,” the series revolves around a group of criminals convicted and given a harsh sentence who, en route to pay the ultimate price for their crimes, get a second chance. These criminals without a code will gain a calling — the opportunity to become most unlikely, but most sorely needed heroes of their time. GVTV has secured the rights to the Blake’s 7 franchise from rightsholder Andrew Sewell and his company B7 Media with funding provided by MPC. Campbell, Pokaski, Clerance, MPC’s Deepak Nayar and Sewell will executive produce. A quarter of a century after Blake’s 7‘s launch, it still enjoys a fan following: Several years ago, Sky1 announced a remake but scrapped the plan in 2010. GVTV’s first series, Neil Cross’s Crossbones, received a 10-episode order at NBC for midseason.


Hmm...thoughts? I have yet to see the original series, but really want to.
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PostSubject: Re: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:27 am

Huge fan of the original, watched it many, many times.

My thoughts on a reboot/remake/reimagining/revival? Awesome, and about time.

I've been waiting for them to do it for ages now. There's nothing wrong with the original, I love it, but it could use an overhaul to introduce it to new, younger audiences that don't have the same appreciation for wobbly sets and camp actors that we older Who fans have. The Doctor Who revival was incredibly successful, the Survivors remake was well done, so there's no reason that Blake's 7 couldn't work - again.

Bring it on!
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I have yet to see the original series, but really want to.
You should! It's awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:30 am

rdks wrote:

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I have yet to see the original series, but really want to.
You should! It's awesome!

I would if I could find it! Did the Beeb release it on DVD?
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PostSubject: Re: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:13 pm

It's only available on Region 2 DVD. I finally splurged a couple years ago when WhoNA confirmed that they weren't going to be able to get Region 1 DVDs form BBC Worldwide.

I enjoy Blakes 7 and the questions they probe. It certainly is all about the writing and characters and not the special effects.
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PostSubject: Re: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:51 pm

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rdks wrote:

The ? Doctor wrote:
I have yet to see the original series, but really want to.
You should! It's awesome!

I would if I could find it! Did the Beeb release it on DVD?
You have to watch it on Youtube since there's no R1 DVD.
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PostSubject: Re: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:07 pm

Blakes 7 use to scare me when i was a kid, i use to confuse it for Dr Who. But seriously if the series is to be remade please don't change or update the classic theme tune, S1, or the gorgeous Liberator. It would rule if the lead, Blake, is played by an actor with curly hair. The premise of this series is as original as Dr Who. You should also check out the funky version of the theme tune by Geoff Love, just amazing!
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PostSubject: Re: Blake's 7 Reboot?   Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:14 pm

I like it!
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