My irritation with remakes is a fact that I all to proudly wear on my lapel. The majority are done to rake in cash for the second, even third time, and usually leave a bitter taste in the mouth, much like Trevor after crayon hour. But when you venture into Netflix territory then you have me interested! Lost in Space, a show that lasted as long as the original Star Trek series, is set to hit the online streaming service with 10 pre-ordered episodes.
I do worry though as the screen writers, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharples, brought us such gems as Dracula Untold and Last Witch Hunter. Hardly movies to remember. But I must also admit that I thought the 1998 Stephen Hopkins-directed feature film adaptation of the 60’s show, with Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc and Mimi Rogers, was actually a bit of silly, pretty fun.
Cindy Holland, who is Netflix Vice President of Original Content, had this to say about 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.
Now while that is typical marketing ‘say and commit to nothing’ I have a feeling we are going to get something a bit grittier than the foil-stealing characters from 50 years ago. I mean how unrealistic was that show? They had how many gingers on board?!
The original show was created by Irwin Allen and although only ran from 1965-68, it created quite the cult following (just not as big as Star Trek, which has Holodecks). I am surprised that SyFy didn’t jump on board with this, what with their awesome focus on space series at the moment (Expanse, come back to me!)
Zack Estrin of Prison Break fame is set to serve as showrunner with no confirmed dates as of yet.
Last Updated: July 1, 2016