Get ready for Will Robinson to be in danger one more time, as Lost in Space is being rebooted, again. This version, however, will see the classic show return to a more familiar format, as it is being developed once again as an episodic television series.
Irwin Allen’s 1960s sci-fi take on the Swiss Family Robinson is coming back to the small screen, courtesy of the guys behind this weekend’s new horror film Dracula Untold, which, from what we’ve heard, should have remained that way. Matt Sazama and Buck Sharpless, which is a great name for a guy writing a science fiction show, have signed on to pen the pilot, as well as executive produce, presuming, of course, this makes it to series.
According to Deadline, Lost in Space has a ton of support a Legendary Entertainment, who will produce the series, and is even described as a “passion project” for much of the leadership. That seems like a strange choice, but what the hell, if you’ve got the power, why not use it to make something you love. When Legendary TV was still under the Warner Bros. banner, this is reportedly one of the first projects they tried to get off the ground, and not being able to make it work is a big part of why they branched out on their own recently.
The original Lost in Space aired for three seasons on CBS from 1965 to 1968, for a total of 83 episodes before it was cancelled, as so many sci-fi shows are, due to increasing production costs. On a five-and-a-half year mission to colonize deep space—because why would you send more than one family?—the Robinsons become stranded when Dr. Zachary Smith sabotages their ship and they become, you guessed it, lost in space. It’s also set in the strange and distant future of 1997.
In 1998, Lost in Space was rebooted as a film that was just unfortunate all around. It did feature Gary Oldman as the evil Dr. Smith, and is one of multiple movies to feature Matt LeBlanc and a monkey, so there’s that.
I’m curious to see how they approach rebooting the series. Are they going to try to take a serious approach? Sazama and Sharpless only have Dracula Untold and Alex Proyas’ upcoming Gods of Egypt on their resumes, so it certainly seems like that is the direction they’re going. But at the same time, this is the type of property that so often gets remade in a comedic, or at least tongue-in-cheek manner.