According to Variety there's work afoot by BBC America to resurrect the archetypical British scientist - and precursor to Doctor Who - Bernard Quatermass:
Quatermass, a remake of the Brit series about a professor and his daughter who investigate an alien invasion, written by Jeremy Dyson for Happy Valley producer Red. StudioCanal will handle international distribution.Quatermass has only appeared in a handful of stories since the 1950s (some of which have been remade multiple times), with the most recent original piece being 1979's disturbing end-of-world scenario featuring Sir John Mills as the aged professor in post-collapse Britain, hunting for his errant granddaughter, while an enigmatic alien entity is harvesting human beings off the planet surface.
Every Quatermass story - including the radio drama that doubled as his biography - was penned by the character's creator, Nigel Kneale (who also wrote the legendary Stone Tape among other sci-fi pieces) and I see the two as irrevocably interconnected, with the character being very much a product of his time.
I simply can't imagine anyone else writing Quatermass as Nigel Kneale did. My greatest fear is that this new Quatermass will try to update the character, loosing his cerebral approach and - heaven forbid - turning him into some kind of action hero.
Obviously, it's early days yet, and this may come to nothing, but - for its key part in the development of many of my tastes - I'm quite protective of the old professor, his methodical ways, and his steadfast Britishness.
Part of me is excited, on the off-chance that they do this "right", but it would be all too easy to stray into generic sci-fi territory (that simply don't reflect the very well defined character) for the sake of pandering to the modern sensibilities and the lowest common denominator.
You have to wonder why they are bringing him back at all. Is Quatermass a big enough brand that BBC America can sell the show on his name alone? Or are they foisting a new sci-fi story they already have onto an established character?