Great news for fans of Irwin Allen’s classic 1960’s space-age series Lost in Space! Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of the one-hour sci-fi drama from Legendary TV.
Reimagined by feature writing team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter) with Zack Estrin (Prison Break), the series will see a Netflix worldwide premiere in 2018.
The original series, set three decades into the future (1997), centers around the Robinson family as they attempt to colonize deep space but wind up on another planet, stranded light years from their intended destination.
“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
It’s been decades since I’ve watched this entertaining show (admittedly I was but a tot when the series ran) but the story goes like this: during the Robinson journey, enemy agent Dr. Zachary Smith sabotages their mission by forcing their ship to swing off course, thus setting the title of the show, Lost in Space. None other than John Williams (of Star Wars fame) wrote the opening theme music.
After three seasons on CBS, the 20th Century Fox-produced show ended after a whopping 83 episodes. Last year, the show reached a 50th anniversary milestone along with a remastered collector’s Blu-Ray issue: Irwin Allen’s Lost In Space: The Complete Adventures.
Applebox’s Emmy®-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) is expected to direct the 2018 remake, a sci-fi saga that centers around “a young explorer family from Earth lost in an alien universe”. We’ve definitely got our eyes peeled for this one!