Microsoft is financing a new original TV series based on the BBC’s cult-classic sci-fi show Blake 7, according to a Financial Times report that cites anonymous sources familiar with the company’s plans.
Adding Blake 7 to its lineup of original programming would be a huge win for Xbox Live because it could potentially lure in sci-fi geeks that might not bother with the platform. The show has a cult following of fans who still remember the original Blake 7 that aired on the BBC in the ’70s. Created by Terry Nation (aka the guy who created Doctor Who’s icon villains the Daleks), the original show was set in the future and followed the adventures of Roj Blake, who steals a spaceship while being deported from Earth to a prison planet for crimes he didn’t commit.
In related news, Netflix is also working on its own original sci-fi series Sense8, which is being produced by Matrix directors the Wachowskis siblings and veteran sci-fi TV creator J. Michael Straczynski.