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Netflix is heading to space.
The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode series order to a reimagined Lost in Space, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Legendary Television, the new take is based on the beloved 1960s sci-fi classic from Irwin Allen. Netflix’s reimagined series hails from feature writing duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter), with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) set to serve as showrunner. The drama will premiere worldwide in 2018.
Netflix’s new Lost in Space takes its its cues from the original show and centers on the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, Netflix is billing the reboot as “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,” Netflix vp originals Cindy Holland said Wednesday in a statement. “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.”
Estrin will executive produce alongside Sazama, Sharpless, Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim). Also on board are Applebox’s Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig. Marshall will helm multiple episodes of the series.
The show is a longtime passion project for Burns, who with Jon Jashni formed Synthesis Entertainment in 1999 and first tried reviving Lost in Space at NBC as a telepic. Warner Bros. Television landed a reboot of the series during a bidding war in 2003-04 with a pilot written by Dougo Petrie and directed by John Woo that did not move forward. A feature take, written by Akiva Goldsman and directed by Stephen Hopkins, was released in 1998. Lost in Space was revived with Jashni at Legendary before his departure earlier this year.
The original series, which starred Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy and Jonathan Harris, ran for three seasons and 83 episodes on CBS. It was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and aired from 1965-1968.
For Netflix, Lost in Space comes as the streaming giant is poised to spend $5 billion this year on original programming. It joins recently ordered dramas including Alias Grace, Marvel’s The Punisher and fellow Canadian entry Travelers starring Eric McCormack, as well as staples House of Cards, Marco Polo, Bloodline, Daredevil, Sens8, Narcos and more.
Estrin is repped by WME; Sharpless and Sazama are with ICM, Echo Lake and Stone Genow.
For Legendary TV, Lost in Space joins a scripted roster that includes ABC’s upcoming comedy Downward Dog, USA Network’s Colony and Netflix’s Love from Judd Apatow.
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