London - A long-awaited revival of the cult science fiction series Blake's 7 has moved a step closer after Microsoft agreed to fund the remake for its Xbox Live service.
The series, famed for its wobbly sets and devised by Terry Nation, who created Doctor Who's Daleks, ran on BBC1 from 1978 to 1981 and has retained a devoted fan base.
Numerous attempts to revive the series have faltered but now Microsoft has reportedly agreed to finance a new Blake's 7 in time for the launch of its Xbox One.
The new series will be developed by Motion Picture Capital, a London-based film and television company backed by Reliance, an Indian conglomerate. Martin Campbell, who steered the 2006 James Bond reboot Casino Royale to screens, has been enlisted to direct the series.
The original Blake's 7 followed an interstellar group of renegades and convicts engaged in a battle for survival against the evil Federation forces.
Hamstrung by a limited visual effects budget, the series relied upon its cast of often troubled characters. The gritty, downbeat tone contrasted with Star Wars, whose runaway cinematic success it had hoped to transfer to the small screen. - The Independent