So along with “Real Rob”, a meta-realistic sitcom about comedian Rob Schneider’s life, it seems Netflix is going to try and take a shot at family science fiction. They have just sealed a deal to remake “Lost in Space”, a cult classic science fiction show that originally ran from 1965-1968 for three seasons. Basically the show was a sci-fi take on “The Swiss Robinson Family” about a family of astronauts who go looking for a planet but then get lost in space (Hence the title).
While Netflix has been known for darker adaptations of pop culture materials like Marvel’s “Daredevil” series, which is coupled with the idea Neil Marshall (Who directed the horror film “The Descent”) is in talks to direct “Lost in Space”, it has been rumored they actually hope to make a family-focused show so as to dip into that demographic. However, the show is being written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama who recently wrote the script for actor Vin Diesel’s 2015 film “The Last Witch Hunter”.
Remaking shows has never been a very successful venture. As shown, the 1998 film version of “Lost in Space”, even with actors like William Hurt and Gary Oldman in it, failed miserably in an attempt to update the cult show to the 1990’s with better special effects and a big cast of A-listers.
I don’t have a lot of faith in this remake personally, but Netflix might just be able to sell it because they offer loads of content for such a cheap price so the show is easily accessible. Not to mention Netflix’s audience has just grown so big in the last few years. With critically-acclaimed show like “House of Cards”, “Orange is the New Black”, and “Daredevil”, it’s not impossible such good will could help them here along with fans of the original. We’ll find out, I imagine, in a year or so based on how long it takes to get the project going. Stay tuned.