Rumor: Microsoft to launch 'Blake's 7' TV series revival for Xbox Live

If the newest rumor turns out to be true, getting a new Xbox One or Xbox 360 game console will be a must for fans of sci-fi television. The Financial Times is reporting, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft is helping to fund a possible revival of the classic BBC sci-fi TV series "Blake's 7" as an exclusive for the company's Xbox Live service.

The story claims that while Microsoft has committed to financing the development of the revival, it has yet to make a decision on ordering a full season of the show. Microsoft has not yet commented on the store. It has already confirmed plans to launch a live action TV series based on its Halo game series for Xbox Live. Earlier this spring, there were rumors that Microsoft was looking into funding a revival of NBC's "Heroes."

The original Blake's 7 was the creation of Terry Nation, best known for creating the Daleks in Doctor Who. The first version of the show, which ran for four seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s on the BBC, is set several hundred years in the future as a rag tag group of rebels, led by Roj Blake, fight a totalitarian Earth government with the help of their highly advanced starship, Liberator.

There have been a number of announced attempts to revive Blake's 7 as a full series, a mini-series or a movie but none of those efforts have come to fruition. In April, the BBC said that a new version of the show would be shown on Syfy with a 13 episode season. However, today's Financial Times article now says Syfy is out of the picture and Microsoft is in.

Source: Financial Times | Image via BBC

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Damn, this really takes me back. Used to watch these back in the 70s when I was a kid. Look forward to seeing it if they follow it through!

Roadrunna said,
Damn, this really takes me back. Used to watch these back in the 70s when I was a kid. Look forward to seeing it if they follow it through!

The original plan was, IIRC, to start the new show as "20 years later". When the original show ended, the bad guys had won and all the good guys were dead, apart from possibly Ker Avon (we never saw him die as they blacked out the screen). Bringing the show back with a new rebellion following on in Blake's name is a great way to revive the show; far better than trying to remake the original.

BUT, if it's an XB1 exclusive... A lot of fans will be bloody furious! I know -I- sure as hell can't afford an XB1, no matter how much I might want to get one! B7 coming back, but not being able to see it would be even -worse- than B7 not coming back at all...

Please let this be true...I've waited years for a remake of Blakes 7.

Just hope they get the casting right

I kinda hope this isn't true. Blakes 7 is still one of my favourite shows and it would just about kill me to know that it's back, but I can't watch it because I can't afford an XB1...

Maybe if MS make the episodes available to buy outside of the XB1 ecosystem...

It'll be available to torrent lol.

Also there's still rumors that MS are working on a TV only Xbox, for TV, apps and arcade games for a much cheaper price.

Crisp said,
It'll be available to torrent lol.

Also there's still rumors that MS are working on a TV only Xbox, for TV, apps and arcade games for a much cheaper price.

That depends how well it's protected... If you can only stream or download it to your XB1 over live gold, and it's DRM'd up the wazoo... It's probably not gonna get torrented...

I have a feeling MS will push these original tv shows through its Xbox Video service, which means you can buy it on many devices, including your pc.

They might offer these shows for free via XBL Gold though.

More evidence that MS intends to bring original content to its platform in order to get away from relying on cable services on the X1.

OMG I just had a nerdgasm.

Blakes 7 AND a revival of Heroes. If they did both of these I think I'd seriously consider becoming a fan of Microsoft. I might even "Like" them on Facebook. <3