With the mega-trend of TV series reboots in full force and the popularity of anything involving outer space, it was only a matter of time before the cult classic Lost in Space was revisited. The ever expanding Netflix service has given a 10-episode order for a prospective reboot of the successful but relatively short-lived show, which aired from 1965 to 1968 on CBS.
The original sci-fi drama revolved around the Robinsons, a family of explorers who are stranded in space a long way from home. This isn’t the first project based on the campy 1960s program. A 1998 feature film adaptation starred William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman, Heather Graham and Mimi Rogers.
Variety quoted Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content, as saying, “The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. 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 a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.”
Produced by Legendary Television, the reboot has a solid creative team of filmmakers behind it. Writing the series are Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the collaborators responsible for Dracula Untold and Last Witch Hunter. Prison Break veteran Zack Estrin will be the series showrunner. The trio will also serve as executive producers, along with Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni. Another executive producer, Applebox’s Neil Marshall, will direct several episodes.
The new Lost in Space is expected to debut on Netflix sometime in 2018.