Netflix has announced a Lost in Space remake for a ten-episode run in 2018. According to a press release, the show will follow the original version closely, focusing on the Robinson family battling the unknown. As you would expect, they are lost in space. The Robinson’s find themselves “battling a strange new alien environment and their own personal demons.”
Netflix states the Lost in space series will be: “Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.”
“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. 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,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
I distinctly remember the odious character, Doctor Zachary Smith, played by Jonathan Harris, along with the iconic robot that constantly shouted: “Danger! Danger! Will Robinson”.
If you watched the show, you may remember these often repeated lines by Doctor Smith: “Never fear, Smith is here.” And who could forget: “Oh, the pain, the pain.”
The original Lost in space TV show was loosely based on the 1882 German novel, The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss (In German: Der Schweizerische Robinson). The Swiss family Robinson were shipwrecked in the East Indies, en route to Port Jackson, Australia. The novel was intended to teach Wyss’ four sons about family values, good husbandry, and self-reliance.
There has already been a very forgettable, big budget Lost in space movie starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, and Gary Oldman in 1998. Let’s hope Netflix can do better.