“Blake’s 7,” the cult-favorite UK series about a group of renegades traveling through space as they try to undermine the totalitarian Terran Federation, is getting a reboot.
According to Deadline, “Casino Royale” and “Green Lantern” director Martin Campbell is being brought on to direct a remake of the Terry Nation-created sci-fi series, which originally aired from 1978-81. Joe Pokaski will write the show, which isn’t yet attached to a US network and is being shopped around. According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, “Blake’s 7” was “better known than Star Trek at the time” in the UK and Europe:
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.
The show retains an active fandom three decades later, having spawned two series of official audio dramas and a series of fan-made audio plays. Here’s the segment on “Blake’s 7” from a Channel 4 special on the top ten sci-fi programs, in which various interviewees note that the series was unusually dark in tone, and Starburst Magazine editor Gary Gillatt points out that “‘Blake’s 7’ was a brave attempt at a much more adult kind of sci-fi.”