Netflix plans reboot of Irwin Allen’s cult classic sci-fi series Lost in Space

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Netflix Orbits Around ‘Lost in Space’ Reboot.

Netflix, the reviver of long-dormant television shows, is planning to reboot another beloved franchise: The Sixties sci-fi series Lost in Space. November has been a busy month for Netflix original series, with “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Master of None” and “W/ Bob and David” all debuting on the streaming platform.

Now comes word of another show that looks poised to join Netflix — a remake of “Lost in Space” from Legendary Television, as reported Friday by Deadline. 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? 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. 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.

Sazama and Sharpless will be working with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, and the series will be directed by Neil Marshall, of Doomsday and The Descent, along with Marc Helwig of Applebox. 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. 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. While the film version of the popular science fiction story only had a moderate success at the box office, it was notably the first film to knock Titanic from the number one box office spot when it was released.

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