Microsoft will finance a remake of classic 1970’s BBC sci-fi show, Blake’s 7, replacing the previous backer, U.S. cable network Syfy.
The Financial Times reports that the company had agreed to finance development and production of the show but has not committed to a full series. The new show will be programming for the Xbox One.
The previous deal had FremantleMedia International and Georgeville TV producing thirteen hour-long episodes for the channel, written by Heroes scribe, Joe Pokaski. It is unclear if this is still the case, or if Martin Campbell will remain in the directors chair, his previous credits include Casino Royale and The Green Lantern.
The 1970’s show was famous it’s wonky sets and depressing story which included the titular Blake leaving half way through and almost the entire cast being killed off at the end of the run.
It’s also quite bitchy, as you can see in the video above.
Fans have reacted with anger to the news. Well, I say fans, I only know one, my husband who has a box set of the series and constantly threatens to make me watch it.
“Blake’s 7 is a British institution,” he said. “How dare Microsoft hijack it and deny non Xbox owners the right to see Serverlan and her shocking frocks seek universal domination!”
Source: Financial Times via Polygon