‘Lost in Space’ Found by Netflix to Be Ripe for a Reboot

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A remake of Lost in Space is in the works at Netflix.

Netflix, the reviver of long-dormant television shows, is planning to reboot another beloved franchise: The Sixties sci-fi series Lost in Space. , a cult TV series from the 1960s that has remained a favorite of fans since it first hit the airwaves, has been found by Netflix to be ripe for a reboot.

Back in the late ’90s, current executive producer for the series Kevin Burns tried to get the project off the ground at NBC, but it failed to launch. Netflix was the winner of a bidding war, and has obtained the rights to produce a reboot of the classic camp science fiction series that chronicled the adventures and misadventures of the Robinson family, with the treacherous Dr. In terms of plot, the remake will hew close to the original, and will follow “a young explorer family (and presumably a stowaway) from earth lost in an alien universe and the challenges they face in staying together against seemingly insurmountable odds”. 45-year-old Brit Marshall will produce and direct the series.

There have been plans to bring the series back to TV since as early as 2000, with Burns working in conjunction with Sheila Allen, widow of series creator Irwin Allen, until her death in 2013. Legendary TV’s remake, which has yet to garner a straight-to-series order, is being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) and produced by Game of Thrones vet Neil Marshall, who’s in line to direct. “Am I thrilled?

Netflix is no stranger to the nostalgia business; there was Wet Hot American Summer recently, and they’ve got Pee Wee’s Big Holiday coming in March. Others have tried to recapture the magic of the black-and-white Irwin Allen TV series , a combination of Sci Fi action, adventure, and humor that premiered on CBS in 1965, with varying degrees of success. Just speaking for myself, we really felt that we had learned a lot from not only what we did, but what other people did and did wrong.” The original series, which lasted three seasons and 83 episodes, is set in a futuristic 1997 and follows the Robinson family’s space exploration. After two decades of relative silence, the franchise is being handed over to “Game of Thrones” director Neil Marshall, who will be bringing it to the streaming service. Reportedly, the project had major interest – described as a “competitive situation, with multiple bidders” – and Netflix isn’t looking to waste time, with a likely straight-to-series order.

For some reason, the Robinsons still seemed to accept Smith as a part of their extended family, despite his continued treachery, like making their robot temporarily evil by rewiring it. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) attempted to sabotage the Robinson’s ship, he was stranded on the vessel with the family as it was sent hopelessly off course into space. Four of the original cast members reunited at the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con last summer to celebrate the Blu-ray collection of the series for its 50th anniversary. “Half a century ago, we left Earth,” original Will Robinson Bill Mumy said at the time. “And now we’re finally back.” That’s on top of all the streaming service’s original programming, like the new Marvel series Jessica Jones, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Adam Sandler’s controversial Ridiculous 6. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Don West (Mark Goddard) would often get angry at Smith, who placed the family in danger in episode after episode, they did not seem to carry that anger over from one episode to another.

It was only moderately successful at the box office, though it succeeded in knocking Titanic from the number one spot it had held for 15 weeks at the box office when it came out. For it to be close to being as successful as the original, though, great care needs to be taken in the casting, and the script writing, to capture the blend of action and adventure, with a touch of humor thrown in, that made the camp 1965 series so fondly remembered by fans.

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