geek or scream, the choice is yours: Syfy rebooting Blake’s 7

Blake's 7 Paul Darrow

This is happening. From BBC News:

Cult classic sci-fi series Blake’s 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network, it has been announced.

FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski.

It added, in a statement, that Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell was also on board.

The original series, which ran on the BBC between 1978 and 1981, followed the exploits of a group of renegades and convicted criminals.

According to FremantleMedia, the new series will be set in 2136 and will “tell the story of seven criminals – six guilty and one innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment”.

It continued: “They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time”.

I don’t have an entire dream cast in mind, but I do have one essential pairing: I’d love to see Benedict Cumberbatch as evil sexy bastard Kerr Avon (originally played by Paul Darrow) and, yup, Martin Freeman as Vila Restal.

If we’re stuck with this, we might as well have fun with it while we can.

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