Netflix are becoming pros at creating dynamic productions that fans look forward to each year. Well, they are heading for unknown space in their latest venture, as they have just announced a ten episode series reimagining the 1960's Lost in Space!
The basic premise for the show will focus on the Robinson family being stranded light years away from their intended destination. On their journey they battle unknown alien environments and battle their own inner demons. Below is a brief on the premise of the original show.
Set three decades in the future, the series started with the intention for the U.S. to colonize sectors of deep space. Their plan was to send a single family, the Robinson family, on a five and a half year journey to their new home. However the enemy agent, Dr. Zachary Smith, sabotages their mission. The result, their ship veered off course and the family along with Dr. Smith were all lost in space.
The show has seen one remake before, in the form of a feature film starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Lacy Chabert and Matt Le Blanc, among many others. Check out trailer below.
The movie failed to capture the audience they way it had been hope, resulting in the movie remaining lost in space. Sequels were intended, but due to a poor reception they were never made. This is simply because a plot like Lost in Space can not be rushed into a 130 minute timeframe. This is the reason why actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is extremely apprehensive about a Buffy movie ever being made.
She has said that shows like Buffy work because each series sets up a beginning, middle and end of a story. Many franchises require that episodic format to engross viewers and have them become attached to the characters. With Netflix aiming this time to make a series, it is more likely to be met with more positive reviews. Audiences are also starting to get a taste for science fiction tales once again, with the success of Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars all proving to be massive hits at the silver screen over the last few years perhaps it is time for a television series to capture the same audience.
Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content, over at Netflix made the following statement:
“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,”
With this statement, it does appear that Lost in Space could receive treatment closer to another reimagined series, Battlestar Galactica.
A reimagining essentially is not a remake in the complete sense that you may traditionally consider. When a franchise is reimagined, huge elements can be altered and changed, in terms of both plot and characters. The biggest example from Battlestar Galactica is the gender of the character Starbuck. Starbuck was a male during the 1970s, and fans were worried at first when it was announced that 2004 would see a female version of the character. However, fan fell in love with their new Starbuck and as a result, the dynamics between characters were massively changed. Battlestar Galactica also came up with a clever way to pay homage to the 1970s counterpart, and that was how they portrayed the villainous Cylon robots.
The design of the Cylons from the 1970s was used as the Cylons' look when the original Human/Cylon war was waged. In the 50 years between the wars, the Cylons evolved into the form used for the 2004 series. Using this style, Lost in Space could bring elements of nostalgia to the new reimagined series.
If they do go down a similar route, fans could see the original Robot at some point during the pilot episode (and perhaps subsequent episodes), while a new modern version is used within the show for the character. Set to take the helm for the new Lost in Space are Matt Sazama and Burk Sharkless (Dracula Untold) and Zack Estrin (Prison Break) will act as the showrunner.
In both the original 1960s show and the remake movie, the Robinsons never successfully returned home. The question is: will they succeed on Netflix? In a run of 83 episodes, the family was forever lost in space and fans never knew what happened to them. However, with the theme of the show, it seems fitting for this to be their outcome. Why does everything always have to end in a way that leaves it closed and never to be returned to? Now 50 years later, a new generation of viewers can prepare themselves for the wild ride with the Robinsons in space. The series is at the moment slated for a 2018 release. As more news is released, we will keep you up to date.