Continuing their ongoing domination of all past and present media, Netflix has ordered a “Lost In Space” remake series. Deadline reports that the streaming service has given Legendary TV a 10-episode straight-to-series order for “Lost In Space,” after competitively outbidding others for a development deal back in November. It will premiere sometime in 2018.
The original “Lost In Space” series was broadcast on CBS for three seasons from 1965-1968. Set in the year 1997, 32 years into the future from 1965, the series followed the Robinson family as they plan to colonize deep space. Though initially headed to a planet near the star Alpha Centauri, the Robinson family are veered wildly off course when Dr. Zachary Smith, a foreign secret agent, tries to sabotage the mission and unintentionally sends them hurdling hopelessly through space.
The series starred Guy Williams and June Lockhart as parents Professor John and Maureen Robinson; their children – Judy, Penny and Will – were played by Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright and Bill Mumy. Mark Goddard co-starred as the family’s pilot U.S. Space Corps Major Donald West, Jonathan Harris played Smith and Dick Tufeld voiced The Robot aboard the ship.
Taking its cues from the original series, the remake will also center on the Robinson family, who are stranded lightyears from their destination and must face off against unfamiliar alien lifeforms as well as their own personal demons. The new series will be written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who previously wrote the features “Dracula Untold” and “Gods of Egypt”; they will also executive produce along with Zack Estrin, a long-time producer on the Fox series “Prison Break,” who will serve as showrunner. Neil Marshall is set to direct many episodes of the series.
“Lost In Space” was adapted into a feature film in 1998, which received generally negative reviews. A remake TV series was commissioned in 2003, but it was not picked up for series.