Update: Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot has not only cast its patriarch, John Robinson, (Viking’s Toby Stephens), but Deadwood and House of Cards alum Molly Parker has joined the cast as well. According to Deadline, Parker will play Maureen Robinson, a “fearless and brilliant aerospace engineer” who, along with her husband John, decides to bring her family to space with her as they set off for a new life on a better world. Their children, Will and Judy, will be portrayed by Maxwell Jenkins and Taylor Russell, respectively.
The new Lost in Space will blast off sometime in 2018.
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One of the biggest outer space-based science fiction television properties of the 1960s is making a comeback, making its way back into homes all over America thanks to a new revival, and set to run via a streaming service. And no, I’m actually not talking about Star Trek (although the exact same thing is happening to that show too.) I speak now of Lost In Space, the Fox-produced series which ran for three seasons from 1965-68, about the exploits the Robinson family after they were whisked away to the unknown parts of the galaxy. Netflix has outbid other outlets for the new reboot, and the show is expected to receive a straight-to-series order.
The new Lost In Space is being described as “an epic but grounded science fiction saga focusing on a young explorer family from Earth lost in an alien universe and the challenges they face in staying together against seemingly insurmountable odds.” This rebooted version of the classic series is coming from writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) who will executive produce along with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, as well as Neil Marshall, who is expected to direct.
This would be the second reboot for Lost In Space, as the show got a big-screen version from New Line Cinema in 1998… that didn’t exactly launch a new franchise. Netflix is no doubt hoping the television version fares better than the movie did. Other attempts at reviving the series have nearly happened over the years, including a pilot directed by John Woo for the WB Network back in 2003, but it never saw the light of day. An NBC TV movie also nearly happened. Kevin Burns had been working closely with original series creator Irwin Allen’s widow, Sheila Matthews Allen, hoping to keep this version true to the spirit of the original.
What do you think of a new version of Lost In Space? Are you excited for it, or should this particular property have stayed in the flower power era? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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