Netflix Is Bringing Lost In Space Back For Your Binging Pleasure

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Netflix Nabs Lost in Space TV Series.

It’s been over a year since we heard that the classic 1960s sci-fi series was getting a TV remake from Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, but since then we haven’t heard of any progress on the project.

Cult TV classic from the 60s Lost in Space could be set for a reboot, with Netflix reportedly bagging the exclusive rights as accelerates efforts to bolster its original content lineup. The 1960’s science fiction classic has been a staple of late night reruns over the past few decades or so and spawned a featured film that bombed in 1998. I’ve learned that in a competitive situation, with multiple bidders, the streaming network has landed the project, which is being written with an eye toward a straight-to-series order.

The original series followed a family of scientific geniuses, the Robinson’s, and a few other characters mixed in as they traversed the universe looking to find their way back to Earth after a mishap. We’ll still 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. Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment has played a major role in getting this project done and created Synthesis Entertainment with Jon Jashni in hopes of reviving the series. Smith (Jonathan Harris) sabotages the navigation system, they become helpless and, yes, lost. (The robot tasked with protecting the youngest child, the precocious Will, utters “Danger, Will Robinson!” — a phrase that still tortures this reporter.) Burns worked closely Sheila Allen, the widow of series creator Irwin Allen, from 2000 to her death in 2013 to develop a series.

The new series is described as being an epic but grounded science fiction saga, so it likely won’t get too wild as far as the outlook of the future goes. During the 2003-04 season, a reboot of the series landed at the WB in a bidding war, where it went to pilot written by Doug Petrie and directed by John Woo but did not move to series. When you look at the 1965 series which took place 32 years in the future in 1997, their glimpse at the future was full of ray guns, goofy spaceships, and now cartoonish robots.

Above, watch the show’s opening credits to the theme music by John Williams, who would go on to score the biggest space opera of all time, the Star Wars movie franchise. It was produced by 20th Century Fox, which continues to syndicate the existing episodes but does not hold rights or have any underlying ownership in the franchise.

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