09/10/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin
LOS set to return to TV in new re-make.
Time Warner's TV company, WB Network, has just won the rights to make the new series of 60s television series Lost in Space.
The original riff on 'Space Family Robinson' was last seen as a flashy movie with the lovely Joey from Friends in the pilot seat (decent SFX hampered by a middling script). The will-they won't-they get home theme - also mirrored by Star Trek Voyager - proved just too difficult to compress into the closed confines of a movie.
The new series will be set, very optimistically, in 2097 ... let's face it, if we've got a manned base on the moon by then we'll be well ahead of the curve (and on current form, said base is more likely to by Chinese than NASA-manned).
WB want to stick to the basics of the original series with Robby the Robot and all the family favourites being trotted out, so a Galactica-style 're-imagining' doesn't seem to be on the cards. Apparently this was pretty much a pre-condition of Irwin Allen's estate, the old series creator, which still owns most the rights to Lost in Space.
In one twist though, the Dr Smith part does look like it's going to be dropped totally. Gary Oldman will be disappointed. Danger, Will Robinson! That's a big mistake, old Smithy blinking made the original series.
Doug 'Buffy' Petrie's has got the writer's chair, while some big names are being wheeled out for the pilot, including legend-in-his-own-lunchtime John Woo as Exec. Producer.
So will we see the normally cumbersome Robby twirling across the screen via the magic of wire-work with two lasers flashing? God, let's hope not!
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