Well, I’m all kinds of excited. One of my favorite TV shows ever, Blake’s 7, has garnered interest in a remake for years, but now it’s starting to look like the ScyFy channel has made a firm commitment to Freemantle Media International to produce “a revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series.” The show will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye). Full statement is here.
I have my concerns, of course. I’m hoping they don’t make it too slick and pretty. I’m hoping they get actors who are more than pretty faces. I hope they don’t mess with the ending. But in the end, it’s a win-win. They mess it up too bad, I’ll abandon it, probably gripe a bunch, and go rewatch the wonderful original. I have to admit I’m really looking forward to seeing Blake’s 7 updated and with a decent budget. Am I alone?
I’ve blogged about B7 several times. In Praise of Dangerous Men went up at The Galaxy Express way back in 2008. In 2011 I blogged about Servalan: Queen of Villains, and just last year, when the remake rumors surfaced, I rounded up a bunch of fans to discuss how we’d handle the remake in the Let The Fangirls Speak! panel.
Yes, my geekiness doth overfloweth.
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Diane Dooley is the author of Blue Galaxy and Blue Nebula from Carina Press, Mako’s Bounty from Decadent Publishing, and That Night from Wild Rose Press. They’re also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the usual e-book stores.