Netflix has become known for rebooting classic television shows, and its latest project will be taking it into the depths of space with a reboot of the classic 1965 science fiction drama Lost in Space.
The streaming media company announced yesterday that it has picked up the show for a 10-episode first season, which is expected to stream worldwide starting in 2018. The reboot will be run by Zack Estrin, one of the executive producers for Prison Break, and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Power Rangers). Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is also attached the project. The new show will be produced by Legendary Pictures which has been working bring the show to Netflix since late 2015.
The original Lost in Space television show first aired in 1965 on CBS. Over the course of its 83-episode run, the series followed the Robinson family as they set off for Alpha Centauri. The mission goes awry when the crew’s doctor sabotages the starship and sends it deep into space. The family's misadventures were ultimately cut short with the show's cancellation in 1968.
This isn’t the first time Lost in Space has been resurrected.
This isn’t the first time Lost in Space has been resurrected. In 1998, New Line Cinemas produced a feature film directed by Stephen Hopkins. Starring William Hurt and Matt LeBlanc, it garnered widely negative reviews. In 2003, the WB commissioned a pilot directed by John Woo but failed to pick it up for a full series order. The franchise languished until 2014, when Legendary picked it up for a fresh adaptation.
It'll be interesting to see just how the new incarnation of the story is adapted on Netflix, especially with one of the executive producers behind Prison Break. Other rebooted science fiction television shows such as Battlestar Galactica have returned with a far more serious take than their original source material, and Netflix noted that this new version would be ready to please fans of the original show while bringing in modern audiences. A dark, modern drama is certainly something Netflix can deliver to viewers, but hopefully, they’ll keep the classic phrase "Danger, Will Robinson," somewhere in there.