Syfy is working on a U.S. version of classic UK sci-fi series Blake’s 7.
Created by Terry Nation (Dr. Who), Blake’s 7 followed a hard-core renegades and criminals who escape from a prison planet – battling humans and aliens alike – and became heroes. The show launched on BBC in 1978 and ran for four seasons. If greenlit, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct the script by Joe Pokaski (Heroes).
The move shows Syfy making an effort to go back to the space travel genre after launching plenty of terrestrial-bound scripted projects and reality shows in recent years since shedding its former Sci Fi Channel name. The network once synonymous with shows like Battlestar Galactica and Farscape has lacked a space-based drama since cancelling Stargate Universe last year.