After tossing the idea around “behind the scenes” for several months, the powers-that-be at Netflix have officially signed on to produce an updated version of Lost in Space, the science-fiction saga first created for TV by Irwin Allen back in the 1960s. The streaming service reportedly won a bidding war in order to be the new home for the show.
The new version of Lost in Space is being spearheaded by Legendary TV, and is reportedly being created with the intent of going straight to a full-series order (many new shows simply have a pilot episode worked up, to gage interest and secure a long-term deal before work would begin on a full season’s worth of episodes). Being described as “epic but grounded” according to Deadline, who first reported the deal, the new series sounds like it intends to keep the plot very similar to that of the original: a family leaves Earth to explore an alien universe but gets lost along the way and must find a way to survive together.
This isn’t the first time that Lost in Space has been given the opportunity to come back into the public eye. In 1998, a big-budget film of the same name was released, featuring a surprisingly-robust cast that included William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert, and Heather Graham. The movie was intended to be the first in a franchise rollout, but was not met with much love from critics, although it performed above average at the box office (including having the distinction of being the film that ended Titanic’s 15-week #1 run at the box office). There was also a pilot shot for a new TV series to run on the WB in the 2003-04 season (directed by John Woo!), but the series was not picked up.
The original Lost in Space series debuted in 1965, running for three seasons and 83 total episodes before its cancellation. The plot was set in the “distant future” of 1997 and featured spaceships without GPS (or would that be IPS – Interstellar Positioning System?) that were easily lost in said space, in addition to super-cheesy-looking monsters and a kick-ass robot who’s Pop Vinyl counterpart is currently staring at me from directly underneath my computer monitor. The show marked its 50th anniversary this year with the release of the entire classic series on Blu-Ray.