Netflix has ordered a new Lost in Space series which will debut in 2018 with 10 episodes during its first season
Based on Irwin Allen’s 1960s sci-fi drama this reimagining will be developed by Legendary TV and writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter) and Zack Estrin (Prison Break) will be the showrunner.
Synopsis for the new show:
The show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.
Cindy Holland, Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content on the new series:
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.
Estrin will serve as executive producer alongside writers Sazama and Sharpless, with Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim); and Applebox’s Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig. Neil Marshall will also be directing some of the episodes of Lost in Space.
Lost in Space ran for three seasons from 1965 to 1968, and was adapted into a movie in 1998 starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman, and Heather Graham.
Other attempts for revival include the 1970s cartoon and a 2003 live-action version, directed by John Woo which didn't get picked up as a series.
Here is more from EW when they interviewed executive producer Kevin Burns last year.
Burns worked closely Sheila Allen, the widow of series creator Irwin Allen, from 2000 to her death in 2013 to develop a series. Legendary bought the rights to Allen’s properties, and Burns says he felt it was a perfect partner to bring back Lost in Space“Am I thrilled? Yes,” Burns tells EW. “We’ve obviously been developing Lost in Space for a long time, and we’ve had a couple of false starts. Just speaking for myself, we really felt that we had learned a lot from not only what we did, but what other people did and did wrong.”
The original series was set in 1997, which was 32 years into the future for viewers in 1965. We are almost 20 years ahead of that future. I know it's unrealistic to expect some of the depictions of future in science fiction to reflect our own and the people in the 60s were obviously more optimistic about space travel than we will ever be. Still it's little disheartening to reflect on the notion that we are nowhere close to reaching out to other planets through manned missions.
With the new Star Trek series launching next year and Lost in Space in 2018, I am hoping it will supplement the public awareness and enthusiasm about space travel in general. And unlike many other modern sci-fi shows that don't last long on SyFy or other channels, this is more likely to run for at least couple of seasons due to it being on Netflix and cause of the franchise itself.