Nostalgia continues to grip the nation, and has found a home on Netflix yet again – this time, the revival will be of 1960s scifi classic series Lost in Space. Originally running for three seasons from 1965 to 1968, I’d guess that the vast majority of Netflix subscribers were not even a twinkle in their parents’ eye. Netflix purchased the rights to Lost in Space last year and fans have been anticipating an announcement ever since. Looks like more adventures with the Robinson family are forthcoming!
No word yet on Will Robinson being in danger, but the description of the 10-episode series says that they are “stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons.” Definitely more on the dramatic side and less of the campy robot battles the original was known for, but that gives it a darker layer typical from today’s science fiction programming. Netflix is also calling it “a survival story for the ages,” so we will probably see a lot more of the perils of space travel.
Lost in Space will not lack in creative pedigree, as Zack Estrin of Prison Break is signed on as showrunners, and two of the writers are Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who are no strangers to genre fiction. Neil Marshall, a Game of Thrones director, will also lend his skills. No word on casting choices yet, but that should be an interesting casting call. I’m wondering if we are going to see a more diverse family, one that isn’t so 60’s-perfect (and white). The Robot also needs a major upgrade, perhaps he will even be partially CGI, much like the newly beloved BB8.
We have a long wait in front of us, but casting news should be forthcoming. Until then, Netflix has a lot of set-building to do!