Blake's 7 reboot goes to full series order

News Louisa Mellor 9 Apr 2013 - 06:42

Syfy is pressing ahead with a thirteen-episode first season of the long-gestating Blake's 7 remake.

Syfy's Blake's 7 reboot has passed the next stage in the winding path from notion to actual telly programme, with a series of thirteen one-hour episodes ordered by the channel. Produced by Georgeville TV, the remake will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and directed by Casino Royale and Goldeneye's Martin Campbell.

In a press release statement that - unironically, we assume - includes the word "amazeballs", Leon Clarance, the co-founder of Georgeville praises the tireless work of Pokaski and Campbell in rebooting the space opera, calling the show a "reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans". FreeMantleMedia's David Ellender echoed Clarance's words, calling Blake's 7, "such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today," and promising that the finished product would appeal to original fans and new viewers.

Here's the official blurb on the project: 

"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. 

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." 

We'll bring you further details as they arrive.

Read more about Blake's 7 on Den of Geek, here.

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I'm in!

So, no perms then? I have misgivings about this, especially if Blake is a "handsome ex-soldier" - that's what I loved about Blake's 7 - they weren't pretty! And please, please, don't have Zen with an American accent; he was wonderfully British in his prickly snarkiness! However, am happy to be converted... but do love the original.

To quote Black Adder -

"Ohhhhhh GODdddddd"

But do you know what? I am in too. Because one thing is for sure its never going to get a new series, remake or whatever by the BBC. Who knows how this will turn out if its American. If it goes along the lines of 24 / Spartacus / The walking Dead or Battlestar Galactica it could be amazing. Just as long as its not like their version of Flash Gordon the Tv series.

However the original is an outright classic. Its just one of the bravest, most interesting, well written Tv Series that's ever come out of the little box (50 inch plasma these days) sitting in your living room.

Forget for one moment the crappy effects, some of which were pretty damn good for the time. The model of the Liberator and Prison ship etc were superb. There is not one single scene in it that does not have superb dialogue and well written characters. There is just no way that anyone today could do Avon justice. He is / was and always will be Paul Darrow. You could get a straight up hero type to play Blake as a handsome soldier etc and still get away with it.

But Avon? He is the ultimate character and the ultimate example of character development. A hard, bitter computer expert that is along for the ride, and looks out for himself only. His motives are always mostly ambiguous and his intellect is way above the rest of the crew. His one man and his dog relationship with Villa, his scorn and disdain of Blake turns into grudging trust and respect in the end. And the reason why he was the way he was? His one and only true love, who he was going to pull off the bank job of the universe with, only turns out to be a federation agent, a notorious killer and a plant and she was the one that shot him in the back and turned him in.

Talk about one way of messing you up for life.

Avon once had this to say to Blake -

Blake - " I wont give up, not until power is back in the hands of honest men..."

Avon - "Have you ever met an honest man?"

That's something I still live my life by today. Can you tell I am a fan? Everyone on this planet should watch Blakes 7 once. Just to show how a Tv series and characters should be done.

Sign me up! I love a good sci-fi show and the blurb reminds me a bit of Farscape

It is my turn to say amen to you, Davros01. Blake's 7 was a wonderful show with wonderfully written characters and dialogue (especially Season 1). I try and rewatch the series every few years as time will allow....love it!! And as for the series finale, I mean how many shows in today's age are brave enought to do THAT?! I will remain optimistic about this reboot until I have a reason not to be. I only hope that they're able to retain some of the "Britishness" of the show in some capacity....and, you're right, if this reboot turns out to be as succesful as Battlestar was, then we could be in for one amazing show!!

In the past the whole "americans remaking an English show" would have worried me but looking at shows like "Walking Dead", "Game of Thrones", "Deep Space 9" the "Gallactica" remake etc the Americans have easily proved they can be trusted to make (or remake) a great Sci Fi series....I pray they get the casting right (especially Avon) and I hope they keep the title music (or at least pay it homage!) but all in all brilliant news.... :)

Yes that ending destroyed me as a kid. I still like to think that they were stunned and Avon survived, even if Blakes is dead, I cant stand the thought that Villa is too. Its just far too sad.

Have you ever visited the web site - Adventures with the Wife in Space?

If you have not, its all about a Doctor Who fan that has managed to get his wife to watch every single episode of Doctor Who with him. Then he goes onto the site and blogs it all and puts up his wifes comments as a non fans view. Its interesting in places, and I am torn about it, because on one hand its a good idea, and on the other its a bit sickening watching someone make a nice living slagging off Doctor Who, even if some of it is funny and accurate.

My point to this is, all his wife does is rip Terry Nation to pieces. And Terry as you know was behind Blakes 7. She hates him, critics all his Daleks stories etc . The thing is, could she do any better? That's what annoys me the most. There she is making money out of slamming one of the best Tv writers this country has ever produced, a man who wrote and created the idea and mythology of the Daleks, that have become a British Icon, and the same man that wrote the sheer genius that Blakes 7 became, as well as other classics like Survivors.

She has some job or other in Tv teaching people about / how to do video editing / special effects etc or something along those lines. And she is full of it, and herself. Its a bit infuriating. There is a rumour that when they are finished with Doctor Who, they might be moving onto Blakes 7. And so it will be more endless rounds of Terry Nation bashing, while making lots of money from it (they are writing a book, which I WONT be buying) and it makes me want to weep.

In 1978 Monday nights were Blakes 7 nights, and it was Blakes 7 day on Tuesday at school. And we had Tom Baker as Doctor Who as well. Leap forward to 2013 and we have 8 episodes of Who and no Blakes 7, no shows like that at all and crap like Ant and Dec and the Voice and Britains got Talent wall to wall. I HATE IT! I want to go back to the 70s and enjoy my Tv youth again.

I f*cking love Blake's 7!!!! My geek wishlist: Retain the Liberator design, the theme tune and teleport bracelets. Colin Salmon was a decent Avon and Danielle Nardini was a good Servalan in the 2006 audio stories. It seems odd at this moment if it was anything other than a British cast. However...

It should be noted of your shows listed only one was an actual remake and that wasn't originally British. If we look at US remakes of British SF shows we get Doctor Who, Life On Mars and, for all intents and purposes, Torchwood and with these the resume looks a bit more spotty. Mileage may vary, but Blakes 7 was a product not only of the UK but of it's time and any remake, British or otherwise, is almost certainly going to miss the point and the only information we have on this reboot is it's being made by SYFy and "handsome ex soldier" , both of which don't instill me with confidence. I find it hard to believe that this will be a true Blake's 7 reboot, rather than just a new series with the name attached, but I hope I'm proven wrong.

You are quite right that there are not many (if any) examples of a straight up American remake of a British show that has surpassed the original but my point is that the Americans CAN make a good dark TV show where good and evil are not so obviously defined and things do not always end well both essential elements IMO of any potential B7 remake...so for this alone I am at least quietly optimistic

I hope whoever plays Villa is half as good as Michael Keating. He was entertaining in every single scene he was in and always gave his best. Long live Villa!

Please God let them get it right, with the dark feel of the story line and cast interplay, the butler personality of Zen,and the snarkynes of Orac.

I would hate to mention the rumours that the Daleks were actually invented by Tony Hancock.....and that Terry *did* recycle some of his ideas quite a lot....and WIS is actually very funny, even if I don't agree with a lot of it. Because Terry Nation and David Whittaker were two of my childhood heroes.

It's going to be the usual American slock filled with supermodels that can't act and explosions everywhere to cover up the bad writing. Then it will get cancelled after a few episodes like everything on that pathetic channel. The original was a masterpiece and this is it's legacy, for shame.

David Hewlett should play Villa, hands down. His character on Stargate Atlantis always reminded me of Villa.

As someone else who was raised on Doctor Who and Blakes' 7, I also hope they get it right.

The amount of want I don't have for this remake is amazing. If they were mostly sticking to the original (no dead wife, accurate numbers for the crew (6 guilty and 1 innocent?), and British), I wouldn't mind. It's fair enough they want to do something different to it, but to me it seems like they're murdering it. I hope they manage to prove me wrong, but I doubt it.

I want this cast please:
Vila - Martin Freeman
Avon - Gabriel Mann
Blake - Stephen Mangan
Servalan - Gemma Arterton
Dayna - Freema Agyeman
Gan - Seth Rogen

Oh dear... you'd think that they'd learned by now that US remakes never work out... in fact, some of them (I'm looking at you Life on Mars US) make me wish that witch burning was socially acceptable *cough* Fox *cough*

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