ACCORDING TO REPORTS Microsoft is ready to fund a 13 part remake of BBC classic science fiction TV show Blakes 7.
Blakes 7 ran for four seasons and had rather a bleak ending. That ending does not lend itself to sequels, so a remake makes more sense.
We first heard about the remake this spring. Then it was a SyFy channel project. Since then, though, we've heard a different story and according to the Financial Times (paywalled) Microsoft has picked it up to show on its Xbox games consoles.
Casino Royale director Martin Campbell was lined up to direct in April, and as far as we know this is still the case. The rather grim science fiction show is well remembered.
Microsoft is building a homegrown media content operation and has rescued the Halo movie from development hell.
It announced its plans for Halo during its Xbox One launch event, adding that it had secured the involvement of producer Steven Spielberg.
Blakes 7 started on the BBC in 1978, shortly after Star Wars hit cinemas. Its dystopian vision of the future and ragtag anti-heroes were developed and created by Terry Nation, the father of Doctor Who's Daleks.
Television and film on-demand alternative Netflix has already had successes with its homegrown shows, including the House of Cards and Arrested Development series. It can boast a number of Emmy award nominations for its output so far. The Emmy awards event will take place on 22 September.
Microsoft has not confirmed the Financial Times report, so we don't know yet whether or when Blake and his crew will return. µ