Netflix Orbits Around ‘Lost in Space’ Reboot

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lost In Space Remake Headed To Netflix.

Netflix, the reviver of long-dormant television shows, is planning to reboot another beloved franchise: The Sixties sci-fi series Lost in Space. 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. 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.” The only real difference in this remake is that it will be a bit more grounded than the original series was, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The core concept of the series definitely has potential, and with someone like Marshall on board to lend a gritty realism to the project, it will certainly be interesting to see how it all turns out. 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. 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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