James Bond director Martin Campbell (“Goldeneye”, “Casino Royale”) is one of the proficient parties behind a possible relaunch of ’70s series “Blakes 7”.
Deadline revealed this morning that :
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.
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.
Interesting that they’d do this for TV when shows like “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Equalizer” are squarely concerned with relaunching themselves on the bigger canvas, the cinema screen. Then again, look at the success the BBC have had with the revived “Doctor Who”!?