Netflix Rebooting ‘Lost in Space’

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lost In Space Remake Headed To Netflix.

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 family-friendly show was a sci-fi spin on the Swiss Family Robinson tale, following a family’s attempts at survival after a mission to colonise a distant planet is sabotaged. 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. It represents a more light-hearted affair to the more adult-orientated programmes such as Marvel’s Daredevil and Narcos that have a proven a hit with audiences on Netlfix this year. 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.

It hails from feature writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) who executive produce with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, as well as Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV-based Applebox. 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. In 1999, Burns, along with Jon Jashni, formed Synthesis Entertainment, aimed at bringing new life to Allen’s creations with remakes and sequel projects. 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.

The 1965 series, set 30 years into the future (1997), revolved around an attempt by the U.S. to colonize deep space by sending a single family, the Robinsons, on a 5 1/2-year journey to another planet. 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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