Netflix announced today that it has ordered a revival of the classic 1960s sci-fi television series “Lost in Space” from Legendary TV, reimagined by the writing team of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (“Dracula Untold,” “Last Witch Hunter”), with Zack Estrin (“Prison Break”) serving as showrunner.
The series’ 10-episode first season will premiere worldwide on the streaming service in 2018.
Set in 1997, the original “Lost In Space” series told the story of the Robinson family — the parents (Guy Williams and June Lockhart), two daughters (Marta Kristen and Angela Cartwright) and a young son (Billy Mumy) — who set off on a five-and-a-half-year journey in the Jupiter 2 spacecraft to reach a planet orbiting the nearby star Alpha Centauri, accompanied by a pilot (Mark Goddard) and a talking robot. But their mission is sabotaged by stowaway (Jonathan Harris), who throws the ship off course.
Produced by Irwin Allen (“Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”), who would later be a driving force in the ’70s disaster film craze (“The Poseidon Adventure,” “The Towering Inferno,” “The Swarm”), “Lost in Space” ran for three seasons (1965–68). Its theme song was written by John Williams, who would go on to compose the iconic scores for “Jaws,” “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience,” said Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix, in a statement. “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.”
Zack Estrin will executive produce the new “Lost in Space” alongside writers Sazama and Sharpless; Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (“The Curse of Oak Island,” “Ancient Aliens”) and Jon Jashni (“Godzilla,” “PAcific Rim”); and Applebox’s Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones,” “The Descent”) and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the series.
It won’t be the first reboot of “Lost in Space.” In 1998, a best-forgotten feature film adaptation was released starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc and Gary Oldman.
In 1999, Burns and Jashni formed Synthesis Entertainment, where they began developing and producing remakes of Irwin Allen properties, including the 2006 feature “Poseidon.” They first tried to revive “Lost in Space” as a NBC telefilm in the early 2000s. Then, in 2003, they developed a TV series pilot for the WB with writer Doug Petrie and director John Woo attached, but it was not ordered to series. The project was picked up for development by Netflix last November.