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It's just been announced that the mooted remake of Blake's 7 is to go ahead (or, at least, scripts have been commissioned and a director hired. This doesn't mean that it will definitely happen).

Source: Freemantle Media.

Did anybody see the show The Making Of A Lady that they produced last year? They say that it "captivated UK audiences", but I just looked it up on the IMDb, and the reviews are dire. It starred Joanna Lumley though, so I suppose it can't have been all bad. Probably. Incidentally, BBC News is also covering the story, illustrated by a fabulous picture of Blake dressed in a tent, and Avon looking like he's just come from an S&M convention. Sadly I doubt that the remake will have the same costume designer. For those who are click-resistant, the press release says that it "tells the story of seven criminals - 6 guilty and 1 innocent - on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment. They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time."

It would probably be news to the original four (occasionally five) that they were ever heroes, but never mind. Interesting that they do actually seem to be going for seven this time. That was Terry Nation's plan of course, but the BBC budget realities crushed that dream. So maybe we'll get Tarrant and Dayna from the outset (pleeeeease?), in addition to the original bunch? Or not. Or maybe the press release writer is just assuming that this version will be able to count.

Anyway, it's headed for SyFy, so it'll probably be rubbish. They must have made something good though, right? And Martin Campbell is a good director. He did GoldenEye and Edge Of Darkness (the original version. We do not speak of the remake, which he also did, but ssh). And I just looked him up, and apparently he also did some Bergerac, which is nice.

I'm rambling again, aren't I. Sorry.



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Apr. 10th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
Syfy did Stargate, back before they were Syfy. Although they didn't actually produce it. So yes, there was at least one quality product out of them at one time.
Apr. 10th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
"Stargate" was awesome (at least until RDA started to lose interest, at which point I did too). So here's hoping! That was a long time ago though, well before the revamp.
Apr. 10th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
Yes, I saw 'The Making of a Lady'! And I can't remember a thing about it, it was OK I think, better than 'Lightfields'. Joanna Lumley's role was tiny, what a con as the press had led us to believe she had a major role in it.

If Dayna & Tarrant are in it they'll be crap! Nothing like optimism(!).
Apr. 10th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
They are Dayna and Tarrant. They will be awesome. And swashbuckly and prone to blowing stuff up. I wonder if New Dayna will also have a magical ability to pull large, explosive devices from unexpected places?!

On the other hand, it's more likely that they won't be in it, that Blake will be an emo wally, and that Avon will be a woman who absolutely refuses to wear leather trousers.

*heavy sigh*
Apr. 13th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
They made Eureka, which I loved, and Warehouse 13, which I like.

Quite how that translates over into being able to tell the story of 7 (or so) heroic(ish) rebels in strange clothing, I'm not sure.

But here's hoping!
Apr. 13th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Your optimism is much appreciated. :)
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
Eureka and Warehouse 13 were fantastic shows, for a whole host of reasons.

I can't even begin to imagine who could play Avon. Who was my very first crush when I was growing up and is still one of my fave characters. Ha, I was just thinking Benedict Cumberbatch, given his portrayal of Sherlock (haven't been able to watch Star Trek yet but apparently he's good) but he's too famous now. Also, it's always fun to discover someone new.
Jun. 1st, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Somebody new mightn't be a bad thing. I doubt Paul Darrow was all that well known when he was cast. I just can't ignore all the coments I'm seeing suggesting that he's likely to get himself Starbucked! Maybe it's unfair of me, but that would bug me. Just as with "Battlestar Galactica", you don't need to change anybody's gender. You just have to do better things with the (already awesome) female characters you've already got. But we shall see.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
I don't really remember BG, did it have a lead female character. While I was initially horrified by changing Starbuck to a woman, I think they, and the actress, did an amazing job.

They've no reason to do it in B7 though, they've got four kickass female lead characters right there.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, Old BSG had a number of great female characters; they were just never given anything to do, in much the same way as on B7. There was Athena, a member of the command crew (and Apollo's sister); Cassiopeia, a former prostitute who took advantage of the new start aboard the Galactica to become a doctor; Serina, who was really good (but was killed off in the pilot, just to give Apollo the opportunity to adopt a small boy!); and Sheba, who was a fighter pilot alongside Starbuck and Apollo. That was why changing Starbuck annoyed me; it really wasn't necessary. In actual fact there were as many regular female characters as male.

And Starbuck was my favourite character in the original, which is why I'm still sulking about it. ;)
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Starbuck was Templeton Peck, wasn't it? Loved him in the A-Team.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Dirk Benedict, yes.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, gods, that's what i meant to say. *facepalm* Without googling I can say he had some kind of cancer that he cured using natural macrobiotics or something? At least I remembered that?
Jun. 2nd, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 1975. He's still here, so clearly he's done something right! He believes that it was macrobiotics, but obviously there's no way to prove that one way or another. He's still here though, so I doubt he's of a mind to quibble over the science!
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