If sci-fi has a first family, it's got to be the Robinsons. Members of the fictional clan captured the imagination of many a space lover when they rocketed off into the unknown as part of the 1965 series "Lost In Space." Now, that series is set to make a comeback on Netflix, Deadline reports.
Although the original series was family-friendly, the reboot might take a darker, grittier approach. That's because the show is being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, both from "Dracula Untold" and "The Last Witch Hunter." It will be directed by Neil Marshall, who has helmed episodes of "Game of Thrones," "Constantine" and "Hannibal," as well as the feature films "Doomsday" and "Descent."
The project is being spearheaded by Synthesis Entertainment, a production company formed with the goal of bringing Irwin Allen's work back into popular culture. Allen created the original "Lost in Space," which ran for three seasons from 1965 through 1968 and was comprised of 83 episodes (now those were TV seasons!). Allen also made the disaster films "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," which earned him the title of "Master of Disaster."
The original CBS series, which turned 50 this year, told the story of the Robinson family, which, along with pilot Major Don West and a trusty robot, get blown off course thanks to sabotage from the troublemaking enemy agent Dr. Zachary Smith. Smith winds up becoming a victim of his own meddling and gets -- you guessed it -- lost in space with the rest of the crew. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)
A film reboot of the show hit the screen in 1998 but wasn't well received by critics, even though it performed moderately well at the box office. One criticism that consistently plagued the film was that it had gotten too serious and stepped too far away from the camp and banter of the original series, so the creators of the new Netflix take have a fine line to walk.
Netflix didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the series or indicate when it might premiere.