NEW YORK — William Hurt is in final orbit on a deal to star as John Robinson in “Lost in Space,” New Line’s $70 million adaptation of the ’60s TV series. At the same time, Heather Graham (“Swingers”) is in talks to play his daughter Judy, and the rest of the cast is expected to be fitted for spacesuits by next week. Gary Oldman already has been set to play the role of Dr. Smith.
A deal for Hurt is expected to be finalized shortly. It will be his third straight film for New Line. He’s currently starring in the Alex Proyas-directed “Dark City,” and co-starred in “Michael,” a film made by Turner Pictures but distributed by New Line.
New Line executive vice president Richard Saperstein stressed the film isn’t going to be a campy reprise of the series.
“We’re playing this as a straight family action-adventure with strains of comedy, and Hurt’s role and character transformation is really the emotional and moral anchor of the piece,” Saperstein said. “He starts out somewhat emotionally estranged from the family because of the rigors of the mission, but grows closer to them and by the end makes an ultimate sacrifice for them. He’s capable of portraying that cool intellectual, and has the range to open up at the end. That’s why he was our first choice for the role.”
The film, to be directed by Stephen Hopkins, begins shooting March 3 in London’s Shepperton Studios and is one of the most ambitious sci-fi films ever undertaken, with more than 700 special-effects shots planned. It was scripted by Akiva Goldsman and is produced by Mark Cook, Hopkins and Goldsman. Executive producers are Mace Neufeld and Bob Rehme.Though the tone of the film is more serious than the series, cameo appearances will be made by surviving cast members Jonathan Harris, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristin, Angela Cart-wright and Billy Mumy.
Hurt’s repped by William Morris’ Hylda Queally. Graham, who stars in “Boogie Nights” after a memorable turn in “Swingers,” is repped by CAA’s Michael Davis and managed by First Artists’ Heather Reynolds and Richard Picerni.