Last month, Georgeville Television announced its intention to bring the classic British science fiction series, "Blake's 7" back to television. And now, the potential new series has a home.
Deadline is reporting that Syfy has given the new "Blake's 7" a rare script-to-series commitment; which means that the project will immediately go forward as a TV series if Syfy approves of the pilot script by former "Heroes," writer, Joe Pokaski. Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell is also slated to executive produce the "Blake's 7" reboot and helm the potential pilot episode.
Created by Terry Nation for BBC in 1978, the original "Blake's 7" ran for four seasons while following Roj Blake (Gareth Thomas), a man persecuted and imprisoned by a tyrannical Terran Federation. Blake eventually escaped from a prison planet alongside some of his fellow prisoners and he brought together additional allies as they led an insurgency against the Federation. The final two seasons focused on Avon (Paul Darrow), who took control of Blake's ship, the Liberator after Blake's disappearance. "Blake's 7" is also notorious for ending on a cliffhanger that left several of the main characters either dead or severely injured.
Syfy also recently announced that it is developing "Clandestine," another space based drama from writer Todd Stashwick and comic book artist Dennis Calero that would depict the adventures of a band of mercenaries who disguise themselves as members of an intergalactic fleet. However, "Clandestine" is still early in development and "Blake's 7" may have a stronger chance to happen thanks to the script-to-series deal with Syfy, it's pre-existing brand and probable sales in foreign territories.
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