In all honesty, we completely forgot that Irwin Allen’s venerable Lost in Space was in the process of being rebooted by Netflix. Luckily there’s a new trailer to remind us, and it looks pretty serious.
As they say in the presser, “Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s [sic] science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonisation in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly-skilled, blue collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.”
Parker Posey? That’s awesome.
This is, of course, not the first time the Jupiter 2 has been dusted off. Apart from the notably average 1998 big screen outing starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman, and Matt LeBlanc, back in 2004 none other than John Woo (The Killer, Face/Off) directed a TV pilot for The Robinsons: Lost in Space, a gritty update of the old workhorse. The networks did not smile upon the effort, but the sets wound up being recycled in Battlestar Galactica. So now you know.
The Netflix iteration, which has a better than average chance of being a marked improvement, debuts this April 13, 2018.