"Casino Royale" director Martin Campbell is set to revive the 1970s cult British TV series "Blake's 7," Deadline has learned. "Heroes" writer Joe Pokaski will be penning the new series for Georgeville TV, an independent TV studio who has acquired the rights to the "Blake's 7" franchise and has most recently produced the series "Crossbones" for NBC.
Running from 1978-1981, the original series -- about a group of convicted criminals who escape and get a "second chance" -- was widely popular when it was first run, and still holds a loyal following today. The show was created by Terry Nation, Doctor Who writer and creator of the Daleks, and was compared to such series and movies as "Star Trek" and "The Dirty Dozen." Initial remake plans -- including an animated series for children-- were rumored since 2000, though they were squashed in 2010.
Will the new "Blake's 7" follow in the footsteps of "Doctor Who" and "Battlestar Galactica"?