The co-creators of Netflix’s Lost In Space reboot are busy developing a second season, but are still waiting on an official greenlight from the streaming giant. The family-friendly update of the ‘60s television series made its streaming premiere over the weekend, and while most viewers have likely already binged all 10 episodes of the first season, there’s no word yet on whether or not the series will resolve the cliffhanger ending and tell the continuing story of the Family Robinson.
As is usually the case, renewal largely depends on how many subscribers watched the series, but since Netflix doesn’t feel it necessary to make those numbers public, the success of Lost In Space season 1 will likely have to be interpreted through the news of season 2 being green-lit or not. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, but while everyone’s waiting, co-creators Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are working on what they describe as a “wild” season 2.
In an interview with Indiewire, the pair discussed diving further into the origins of the series’ new take on the familiar robot, the details of which are “pretty well worked out. There’s obviously a deep backstory of the robot and the causality of what caused this whole world to happen, and we’ve definitely figured that part out.” But beyond deepening the series’ mythology, they have also begun writing scripts for what would be the next season’s episodes. Sazama said:
“We are working on scripts and hoping that if we get a green light we’re ready to go. We’ve had a lot of thoughts about it, and hopefully, if everyone watches it, we’ll get to see more adventures of the Robinsons, because we do have some crazy stuff planned out that we really hope we get to film.”
Sazama and Sharpless also discussed one of the ways the 1998 feature film faltered, which is that Lost In Space is inherently better suited to television, because it’s “an idea that’s supposed to go on for forever.” While it’s a good bet the studio execs involved in the film at the time had visions of sequels dancing in their heads, the two make a good point: Lost In Space just works better as an ongoing series, one where the Robinsons' journey plays out gradually through an episodic format rather than a summer blockbuster.
That idea certainly doesn’t extend to the way in which the new series presents itself, however. Netflix clearly spared no expense with the budget for the first season, delivering blockbuster-sized special effect on an episode by episode basis, in the hopes of luring as many subscribers as possible. It’s hard to imagine that formula didn’t work, but fans will likely have to be patient for a while longer to find out whether the next leg of the Robinson’s intergalactic journey will come to fruition or not.
Lost In Space season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.