Netflix is bringing the classic 1965 cult TV series Lost in Space back to the small screen with a new reboot. Legendary is behind this reworking of the sci-fi comedy, which was created by mater of the genre Irwin Allen. There were multiple bidders for the show, and competition to get the rights was said to be fierce.
Streaming giant Netflix walked away with the show, and they are eyeing a straight to series order for the new Lost in Space. The show is said to be an epic reimagining. But it will be grounded. The science fiction saga will follow a young family of space explorers. They become lost in the galaxy and encounter strange alien lifeforms while trying to overcome insurmountable odds. Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are behind the pilot script.
Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment will executive produce, alongside Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV-based Applebox. Neil Marshall, known for such cult favorites as Dog Soldiers and The Descent, will probably direct some of the episodes, if not all. It isn't known if comedic elements will still be in place. Or if this will be a straight up sci-fi drama.
Kevin Burns is founder and president of unscripted production company Prometheus, and reviving Lost in Space has been a long time passion project for him. He, along with Jon Jashni, formed Synthesis Entertainment in 1999, and attempted to set up a revival of Lost in Space on NBC as a telefilm. This was just one year after the Lost In Space movie came out in 1998, starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Matt LeBlanc and Mimi Rogers. The tele-movie would have featured stars from the original TV series, but it didn't move forward following the death of cast member Jonathan Harris, who played Smith. The show resurfaced as a reboot for the 2003-2004 season at WB TV. The show went to pilot with director John Woo and writer Doug Petrie. But nothing came of it.
Netflix sees the series as part of their push towards big scale, four-quadrant family entertainment. The original 1965 series was set three decades into the future, 1997, and followed the Robinsons family as they attempted to colonize deep space for the United States government. They were sent on a 5 1/2 year mission, but their spaceship gets sabotaged by an enemy agent named Dr. Zachary Smith. The family is sent off course. And thus, they become Lost in Space. It isn't known how closely the new show will stick to this same conceit. The original aired on CBS for 3 seasons and 83 episodes. It isn't know when it will debut on Netflix, but we can probably expect a 2016 premiere.