A new 'Lost In Space' television series is being made

Fifty years after the original premiered, a reboot has been announced. We list a few things we'd like to see (and hear) in the new show.

Danger, Will Robinson! Everyone's favorite robot is about to be rebooted. Again. It should better than the 1998 movie, which turned B-9 into a broad-shouldered, four-arm tank.

Lost in Space

  • 7/14 1:00AMA Visit to Hades
    "Dr. Smith, Will and the Robot discover an old harp under a carved out rock. They discover that in playing the right tune, it unlocks a passage to another world. In travelling here, Dr. Smith meets an alien who believes to be the devil, and believes the place to be Hell. When he leaves, and the Alien shows up on the planet, Dr. Smith is frightened. Judy befriends the alien, and is accidently taken to the other world. It is up to Don and John to save her, and finally Dr. Smith realizesit is not hell, and merely a prison world for a criminal."
  • 7/21 1:00AMWeck of the Robot
    "While playing an outdoor match, Will and Smith's ball explodes. As the smoke clears they find that the ball has turned to gold. Later, when the ball rolls into a cave, aliens in the cave demand that the ball should be traded for the robot."
  • 7/28 1:00AMThe Dream Monster
    "During a heat wave, Penny comes across a giant, golden man, and his owner. She is told that the creature is called Raddion, a creation which only needs human emotions to be complete. When Dr. Smith is removed from the camp, he is taken by two midgets who work with Raddion, and in another attempt to be returned to Earth, agrees to get the emotions from the Robinsons. He does so by taking their pictures, and all that is needed is for the Robinsons to shake hands with him. Don protests and heads back for camp, as do the Robinsons minus their emotions. Eventually they are returned to normal and it is learnt that human emotions cannot be bought or stolen. "
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Irwin Allen's classic family sci-fi adventure will be remade for Netflix, after a reported bidding war. The new series will be executive produced by a team of veterans including writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, director Neil Marshall (who steered arguably the most exciting, epic episodes of Game of Thrones) and producer Kevin Burns. For Burns, this is a passion project years in the making. The producer attempted a TV movie around the turn of the millennium, not to mention a reboot series a few years later that was filmed by Hong Kong director John Woo. Working with Allen's widow, Burns looks to revive the TV pioneer's projects from the 1960s.

Lost In Space recently celebrated its 50th birthday. There is no word on when the series will arrive on the streaming service. Perhaps around the time the new Star Trek sets off on its own streaming missions?

As we await further details, here are some things we'd like to see in the new series.

1) A cool robot that pays homage to the original

Designing a fresh B-9 is perhaps the greatest challenge for the new team. The look of the robot will immediately set the tone and either lure or turn off fans of the franchise. Sadly, Robert Kinoshita, the original designer and legend of onscreen robots, passed away last year. Finding the right balance between homage and modern will be crucial. 

2) A conflicted Dr. Smith

Originally, the Smith character was a saboteur. As Lost In Space turned to a more lighthearted and (literally) colorful tone in its second season, Smith became less of a threat. Considering the darker moods of modern television, we expect Dr. Smith to be painted as villainous again. We just hope that he's not an outright bad guy. (Assuming, of course, they have a Dr. Smith character. But they have to, right?)

3) Some nods to the outlandish aliens

Season two turned the adventure show into something more akin to a live-action Saturday morning cartoon. Growing up, we savored both styles. As mentioned above, we expect a more serious take on the story. However, that doesn't mean the creators can't mine some of the wilder ideas. There can be an intelligent twist on the space Vikings, space pirates, android duplicates, dragons, miniature robots and Morbus.

4) A John Williams theme.

Certainly, the composer will be busy with the slew of Star Wars movies on the horizon, but surely he can take some time to revisit one of his great early works?

What do you think? What would you like to see in a new Lost In Space?

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SpaceYear2014 11 months ago
When will they Colorize the first Season of Lost in Space?
When will they Colorize the first Season of Lost in Space?
JDnHuntsvilleAL 31 months ago
And like every other Hollywood reboot, it will be AWFUL.

Can you believe they remade "West Side Story"? WHY for god's sake?
Dayna 31 months ago
Is this a TV series or is it the Netflix series? In the Netflix series, Dr. Smith is a female (Parker Posy) and she's evil.
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