Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Netflix has landed Legendary TV’s Lost in Space remake of Irwin Allen’s cult classic sci-fi series. It's reported the streaming network will have it written as a straight-to-series order.
The Lost in Space remake hails from Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who will executive-produce with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, as well as Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV-based Applebox. It’s expected that Marshall will direct.
The upcoming remake is described as an “epic but grounded science fiction saga focusing on a young explorer family from Earth lost on the other side of the universe and the challenges they face in staying together against seemingly insurmountable odds.”
The original 1965 series (which celebrated its 50th anniversary back in September) was set 30 years in the future (in 1997, to be precise) and revolved around a U.S. attempt at colonizing space by firing off a five-and-a-half-year journey to another planet by a single family, the Robinsons. While en route, Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) sabotages the ship, which is set off course and becomes lost in space.
The series ran for three seasons on CBS before 20th Century Fox, which produced the series, pulled the plug after 83 episodes and put it into syndication, where it eventually became a cult hit.
There were a few failed attempts to revive the series over the years. In 1998, a movie starring Matt LeBlanc, William Hurt and Gary Oldman flopped in theaters, and in 2004, a TV movie never made it out of production.
In 1999, Burns and Jon Jashni formed Synthesis Entertainment with the goal of bringing Allen’s creations back to life with a slew of remakes and sequels. They tried reviving Lost in Space at NBC as a TV movie, but the project fell through when original co-star Jonathan Harris died.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Lost in Space being rebooted as a new series on Netflix?