Netflix has been pretty damned good about bringing viewers some quality “television” shows over the past few years. Their foray into producing their own series has brought us such amazing programs as House of Cards, Daredevil and more. Now they’ll be jumping on the reboot bandwagon, though the property they’ve chosen to bring back is one that just might be ripe for a new interpretation. What show is that, you ask? The 1960s sci-fi classic Lost in Space.
People have tried this before, back in 1998, although that was a Lost in Space movie. It wasn’t completely terrible, but it wasn’t exactly stunning cinema either. This time around, Netflix will be planning for a 10-episode run, which sounds about right when compared to the other shows they’ve produced. The writers in charge of the latest space adventures are Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, co-writers who have been responsible for screenplays such as Gods of Egypt and The Last Witch Hunter (along with the new Power Rangers flick).
So will this newer, shinier version of Lost in Space stay true to the original? Those who appreciate a good reboot (and gods know there are very few of those in existence) will be happy to hear that the story will remain much the same. The series will follow the Robinson family as they get, well… Lost. In space.
Furthermore, the powers-that-be seem intent on keeping to the original tone of the show as well. Those who have seen the show before will remember that it’s a bit campy. Does that mean that we’ll get the same over-acted Dr. Smith and the same “Danger! Danger!” robot flailing his useless arms about?
According to Cindy Holland, the Netflix President of Original Content:
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 create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.
Sounds like they might be following in the footsteps of Doctor Who with its return to the airwaves. Aside from the reboot nature of the newer version, of course. Still, if they can capture audiences the way the 1960s’ Lost in Space did while adding more to the story so that modern viewers are entertained, we may just have a winner on our hands.
What say the Nerd Readers? You happy to see a return to Lost in Space? What would you like to see in the show to bring it up-to-speed for the 21st century?