Space’s first family is flying back. Netflix is remaking the cult ’60s series Lost in Space, executive producer Kevin Burns confirmed to EW. Legendary TV’s remake, which has yet to garner a straight-to-series order, is being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) and produced by Game of Thrones vet Neil Marshall, who’s in line to direct.
“Am I thrilled? Yes,” Burns tells EW. “We’ve obviously been developing Lost in Space for a long time, and we’ve had a couple of false starts. Just speaking for myself, we really felt that we had learned a lot from not only what we did, but what other people did and did wrong.”
The original series, which lasted three seasons and 83 episodes, is set in a futuristic 1997 and follows the Robinson family’s space exploration. After the villainous Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris) sabotages the navigation system, they become helpless and, yes, lost. (The robot tasked with protecting the youngest child, the precocious Will, utters “Danger, Will Robinson!” — a phrase that still tortures this reporter.)
Burns worked closely Sheila Allen, the widow of series creator Irwin Allen, from 2000 to her death in 2013 to develop a series. Legendary bought the rights to Allen’s properties, and Burns says he felt it was a perfect partner to bring back Lost in Space. A 1998 cinematic adaptation starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, and Heather Graham, received lukewarm reviews.
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Four of the original cast members reunited at the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con last summer to celebrate the Blu-ray collection of the series for its 50th anniversary. “Half a century ago, we left Earth,” original Will Robinson Bill Mumy said at the time. “And now we’re finally back.”
Netflix declined to comment on the news. Deadline first reported the deal.