‘Blake’s 7′ being remade for X-Box Live

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It appears there is a new twist in the ongoing saga of the Blake’s 7 reboot.

According to a new report via the The Financial Times Microsoft are financing the remake of the cult UK science fiction series to air exclusively on their X-Box Live service.

The plans are part of Microsoft’s ambition to reposition Xbox as an ‘entertainment hub’, and to directly compete with other online subscription services.

It would appear that Microsoft have replaced the American Syfy channel as the source of funding for the much talked about remake of what is essentially a UK science fiction classic.

Syfy had lined up 13 one hour-long episodes, to be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes) and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

London TV company Motion Picture Capital is now said to be redeveloping the series, while Campbell remains on board to direct the project.

A Blake’s 7 revival was originally planned for Sky1 in 2008 but the idea was later dropped in 2010.

The original ‘Blake’s 7′ series was Science Fiction that had a darker and far more edgy feel to most science fiction television that aired in the seventies and was the creation of Terry Nation, who is also credited with having created the Daleks for Doctor Who.

Lets hope that Microsoft and the team behind this new incarnation do a good job with casting and don’t screw the pooch on this one.

 

Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of scifipulse.net. A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.

 

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