We’ve been hearing that a Blake’s 7 reboot is in the works for a while now, but now it sounds like it might've found a new home.
A remake of the beloved 1970s British sci-fi series has been bouncing around development hell for a few years, and the last we heard, in 2012, is that it landed at Syfy. Now it seems the project has found a different network — and pretty soon Blake and the gang could be hanging out with Master Chief.
Microsoft has been looking to beef up its original programming for Xbox Live, most recently announcing a live-action series with Steven Spielberg based on the hit Halo videogame series, and now it seems they’ve stepped in to get that Blake’s 7 project off the ground.
There hasn’t been a lot of news since it was announced, and with Syfy’s already-loaded development slate with everything from Bryan Fuller’s High Moon to Ron Moore’s Helix, it seems the project might’ve slid to the back burner. For Blake fans, this could be a godsend — but Microsoft is pretty untested when it comes to original programming, so there’s no way to gauge how this thing might turn out. Plus, if you actually want to see it, you’ll have to pony up for an Xbox.
But don’t get too excited just yet. The Financial Times reports that Microsoft is only putting the project into development (most likely to get some scripts/concept art together) to decide if they actually want to move forward with a full order. Considering Microsoft is new to the content game, there’s no telling if they’ll follow the typical TV-style episode order (i.e., 13), or go for something else altogether.
Regardless, we’re cautiously hopeful to see how this will turn out. The sci-fi action series about a group of outlaws was a game-changer in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and with the right approach, it could be a hell of a lot of fun once again.
So, fingers crossed.
(Via The Financial Times)