“Luther” creator Neil Cross is set to revive classic 1970s British sci-fi series “Sapphire & Steel”.
Joanna Lumley and David McCallum starred in the original series as time-travelling special agents protecting the universe from evil forces trying to disrupt history. Though done for little money, the show compensated with complicated, involved and dense narratives.
Like classic “Doctor Who,” each story consisted of around four-to-eight episodes and would shift in genre and tone – some more horror or supernatural based, others more science fiction style. Six TV ‘serials’ in all were produced from 1979 to 1982.
Speaking at the Nerdist Writers panel podcast, Cross says: “I’m planning to – it looks like I’m going to – relaunch Sapphire & Steel’. [It’s] a late 1970s science fiction horror show that was incredibly low budget, where the enemy is time itself. There’s ghost stories and monster stories and time is the villain… there’s a broadcaster in the UK that’s very, very keen to do it.”
Cross is also teaming with “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky for HBO’s paranormal series “River View” which deals with a family who moves into a haunted New York apartment.
Source: Radio Times