Wednesday 21 August 2013

BLAKE'S 7 TV reboot moves to Microsoft

SyFy has apparently declined to produce the rebooted Blake's 7 project they were presented with last year. As a result, the project has moved to Microsoft, where they are considering it as an original drama series to air through the X-Box's TV channel (alongside the Halo TV series they are currently developing).

Martin Campbell (director of James Bond movies GoldenEye and Casino Royale) is still attached to the project as a producer and will direct the pilot episode.


RobH said...

While I'd really like to see a Blakes 7 reboot, I'm not sure that moving away from SyFy to Microsoft is necessarily a bad thing. After all, I thought that the Forward Unto Dawn webseries/movie that they made was not only true to the universe, but was very good as well.

Adam Whitehead said...

I agree that this could be a very interesting venue for the project.

What I am concerned about is the creative team (who have stayed the same). Their original pitch material sounded like they didn't understand the original series at all.

RobH said...

That's certainly much more concerning than the change in venue. The problem is that it's too easy to see Blakes 7 as just group of freedom fighters struggling against a fascist regime, and ignore so much of the great character development and interaction, moral ambiguity, and dark tone of the show. I guess we'll have to see.

Unknown said...

Moral ambiguity and dark theme? You realize that the Americans will cancel the series in half a season, right?