‘Lost in Space’ Reboot Ordered to Series by Netflix

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Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to “Lost in Space,” a reboot of the classic science-fiction television show.

The new series will be produced by Legendary Television. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the screenwriting team behind the films “Dracula Untold” and “Last Witch Hunter,” will write the new series, with “Prison Break” veteran Zack Estrin set to serve as showrunner. The three will executive produce alongside Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni , Applebox’s Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the show. The series is set to premiere in 2018.

“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content. “The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.”

Created by Irwin Allen, the original “Lost in Space” aired for three seasons, from 1965 to 1968 on CBS. The series told the story of the Robinson family, explorers stranded in space far from their home. The original also spawned a 1998 feature film starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Graham and Mimi Rogers.

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  1. David says:

    “Lost in Space” showed some real potential during its time. But, like all Irwin Allen productions, it got silly, for all the wrong reasons. Billy Mumy noted that Allen was an excellent producer, when getting an idea started; but sustaining that idea…not so much. Allen was so hell-bent on keeping the ball rolling that he didn’t care much about character development or continuity. (“Never mind logic,” he demanded. “Just tell the story!”) Hopefully, the writers don’t resort to that monster-of-the-week stuff. One intriguing possibility is that Dr. Smith was working for aliens (“Aeolis 14-Unmbra, we have sighted your spaceship…”). If I had written it, Smith would have been part of the crew, but an inside man.

  2. S white says:

    Great to see a remake of Lost in Space is on the way. The original series is a Classic, albeit flawed by its camp elements. The remake should have deeper characterisation .The female roles should be more emphasised.Special effects technology has advanced so it should look fantastic. Please let’s see a flying saucer spacecraft albeit an updated sophisticated version.

  3. Gina McLendon says:

    Do us all a favor and eliminate the humor… aka.. deep six the Dr Smith character. His inclusion ruined any chance the original show had in genuinely handling the idea of a family of space pioneers.

  4. What is Hollywood’s obsession with reboots? Why not make a spin off with a new family that continues the story instead of overwriting it?

    At any rate, we can always use some quality television, so I hope they make it good, not like the filthy drama that fills the TV right now.

  5. That's What She says:

    Yay, Thing 1 and Thing 2 get to write yet another IP to the grave! Here’s to them teaming up with the “Two Writers from Scary Movie” and making Hollywood implode in a cataclysm of stupid.

  6. Keith Sykes says:

    See what happens when you have women executives? Cindy Holland, the VP of “original” content, has failed to come up with anything original. So she takes the easy road, exploiting the brand created by others. How clever of her, and my condolences to the dozens of eminently qualified (and more creative) white males who didn’t get a shot for the VP job because they didn’t wear bras. Thanks, Affirmative Action!

  7. Eric Redlefsen says:

    Wow, nice to hear from Gordon Hoopes and Bruce Tufeld. Thanks for chiming in. I agree that season 1 of the original show was best. Although, the season 3 countdown opening / new theme song was a huge improvement and still ranks among the best TV themes ever. As far as making the show more campy, you have to remember that in those days, women weren’t big sci-fi fans. I do understand the business / ratings angle on softening up the show a bit for a wider audience. The casting choices will be key to the success of a reboot. How about John Noble as Dr. Smith? Long live Lost In Space.

    • Robert Williams says:

      I kinda liked the John Williams theme song of the original (season 1/2) series. The newer theme song is good too. Just liked the original one better.

  8. steve says:

    Stay with the Black and White episodes.The 1st season was fantastic,Then Batman came alone.The producers made it goofy to copy Batman.That’s why it went down the toilet.

    • Keith Sykes says:

      I agree. It could have been SO good, when seriously exploring alien planets and the battle for survival. They sold out to BatMania. The reboot will no doubt be even worse, selling out to Political Correctness. Prepare yourself for a black Dr. Smith, a robot that raps, “Y’ALL,” and militant female characters who run the show and are “right” about everything while the jellyfish males bumble, fumble and are “wrong” about everything. This PC bull can’t end too soon for me.

  9. Dave Rand says:

    Oh the pain, The PAIN !

  10. HiHat says:

    The robot had better look and sound like the original robot, not the re-imagined abomination in the movie…

  11. Rex says:

    Because original ideas are HARD, folks!

  12. Ken says:

    Give Robot all the best lines, and the show will be a hit.

  13. gmatusk says:

    In some interviews actress June Lockhart expressed some regret that what started out as a family SF saga somehow got highjacked along the way by the villainous Prof. Smith character portrayed by Jonathan Harris. Later NASA asked June to be a spokesperson for NASA. And June’s daughter Anne appeared in the early version of “Battlestar Galactica.” As a 15-year-old I saw June and her father Gene Lockhart on stage in a wonderful Saint Louis production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” in 1953 — this was before she became one of TV’s iconic mother figures in “Lassie” and “Lost in Space.”

  14. Bradley says:

    Love it under 2 conditions. One, they don’t change robots looks much. Two, Absolutely no one from the 1998 movie works on this show.

  15. Gordon Hoopes says:

    Robot was (is) a very difficult figure to work with. I was a set designer on that original series. Because the robot had tracks instead of legs like Robbie (Forbidden Planet) it could not roll over thresholds or go up steep ramps. Most of the time it was shot without the bottom half of the costume so the actor could just walk around. If the tracks were on then wires and pulleys were used to drag the whole assembly around. Good luck but it was still a lot of fun.

  16. JOE S HILL says:

    Waste of Time! to waste time and money on a remake of a classic sci-fi TV series like “LOST IN SPACE”
    is like pissing in the wind! nobody today will ever do a series,like what the late,great Irwin Allen did 51 years ago,when Twentieth Century Fox Television cranked out great TV shows in those incredible years!
    but doing a TV series for Netflix,,boring! New Line Cinema tried it with the 1998 movie,,pathetic! series star Jonathan Harris has been gone now,since late 2002,,so again,who on earth can possibly succeed any of these people? no disrespect to Keven Burns,who owns the rights to the show,but he’s NOT Irwin Allen,nor is Legendary anything like what Twentieth Century Fox was,back in those great days of good production and quality-nobody today,will ever do this kind of show,no matter what their creative intentions are,they just can’t do it!!

  17. Frank says:

    That’s really nice and all but hey Netflix, how about announcing SEASON 3 OF BLOODLINE?!? Don’t leave the fans hanging.

    Surely if you can afford to order a series set in outer space, you can afford to shoot in Florida!!!!

  18. EricJ says:

    If the writers bar Akiva Goldsman at the door with rifles and attack dogs, and actually do something resembling the original show, I’ll give it a watch.

    • That's What She says:

      I cannot fathom how the writers of Not Dracula and The Last Whatever are in a better class than the writer of Batman and Robyoublind.

    • T0rchwood says:

      Agreed. The only redeeming element of the movie was the voice participation of Dick Tuffeld as the Robot. Hearing his voice echo through a (sadly, almost empty) theater was almost a religious experience.

      • Mark Spooner says:

        I first remember Dick Tufeld’s voice on the narration of the Time Tunnel.

        “Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages………etc”!

      • Pete Gould says:

        Bruce – great to see you here. Many of us grew up hanging on your dad’s every word, whether as the voice of B9 or the announcer on any number of shows. We miss him.

      • Bruce Tufeld says:

        Thank You Pete…As good as my Pop was as an Announcer/Voice Over Talent…He was even a better Dad…One of the funniest and nicest Guys You would ever want to meet….Again Thanks and Best Wishes…Peace…Bt


      • Bruce Tufeld says:

        As One of Dick Tufeld’s Kids. .Describing hearing My Dad’s Voice as Almost a Religious Experience is Hysterical…no one would have laughed more..Thank You and Best Wishes… Bruce Tufeld

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