Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Reimagined Blake's 7 to stay imaginary - Sky 1 drops plans for remake

Back in April 2008, I posted about the Sky1 announcement that they were going to remake the classic science fiction series Blake's 7.

The Guardian report today that a Sky1 spokesperson explained:

"Following the development process we have decided not to produce Blake's 7, however, Sky continues to invest heavily in original drama and it remains at the heart of our plans."

A victory for the Federation! Back to scouring out BBC Radio 7 audio plays then ...

Update - B7 Productions have issued a statement:

“SKY deciding to not proceed with the planned TV revival of BLAKE’S 7 is obviously disappointing, but the development process has resulted in the dynamic reinvention of this ‘branded’ series.

As SKY were the minority broadcaster, there is a huge opportunity for investment in a TV series that is fully developed, has genuine global appeal and has exciting 360 degree exploitation opportunities. With much praised scripts from lead writers Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle (Going Postal) and 60% of the finance already in place, by anyone’s standard we have pulled together a compelling package.

We are confident that this reboot of BLAKE’S 7 has the creative and commercial credentials that will enable us to find a partner with the vision to recognise the strength and enduring appeal of the show and the opportunity it represents to produce a bold new drama series with significant international appeal.”

It's gone from a remake to a reimagining and now a reboot ... what next?

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