As programs like Fuller House have demonstrated, Netflix is more than willing to take risks on sequels and reboots of high-profile shows. Its latest project, a reboot of the 1965 science fiction series Lost in Space, is no exception.
As outlined in Netflix’s press release, the reboot will take its cues from the original. It will follows the Robinson family, stranded light years from their intended destination, as they battle an alien environment and their own personal demons. It’s equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, Netflix said.
The streaming video titan has ordered a 10-episode first season of the sci-fi classic from Legendary TV that’ll debut in 2018. It’s being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter) with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) serving as executive producer.
Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim); and Applebox director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig are also onboard as writers.
Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content, said the original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy which made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix, she added, is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.