While it hasn’t been as well remembered as Star Trek or Doctor Who, the 1965 television series Lost in Space was a vital landmark in science fiction television. The series starred a family of intergalactic explorers whose mission goes off course, resulting in a series of adventures. It ran a total of 83 episodes over 3 seasons, the first of which was filmed in black and white.
Since the poorly-received film remake in 1998, there have been numerous attempts to reboot the now half-century-old series. The closest this has come to happening so far was a pilot episode directed by John Woo for Warner Bros. in 2003, but the show’s option was not picked up. Last November, Netflix won a bidding war for the rights to the property and began development with writing team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Gods of Egypt, Power Rangers) and showrunner Zack Estrin (Prison Break, Once Upon a Time).
Deadline is now reporting that Netflix has ordered the show straight-to-series with a 10 episode season. Lost in Space is surmised as Netflix’s next step in “big scale, four-quadrant family entertainment,” under the jurisdiction of former SVP of Nickelodeon, Brian Wright. Cindy Holland, VP at Netflix, noted, “The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience.” Netflix is aiming to capture that blend, while bringing in both modern audiences and old time fans.
While their original output has been something of a mixed bag, Netflix seems determined to make a name for themselves in original content – and has made considerable strides with critical darlings like Orange is the New Black as well as more fan-friendly fare like Fuller House. Lost in Space certainly has a lot of potential as a concept. At least as much as Battlestar Galactica, and that series sired a reboot even more beloved than the original. The 1998 Lost in Space movie even had some great elements, despite itself – most notably Gary Oldman tearing it up as the evil Doctor Smith.
That said, the writing team working on the Netflix reboot doesn’t necessarily inspire much confidence. Having written three movies together so far, every one has been panned by critics. (The verdict is still out on Power Rangers.)
Are you excited about the prospect of getting lost in space again, or is this a “Danger, Will Robinson” scenario? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the upcoming Netflix revival.
Lost in Space is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2018.