The wave of TV remakes and revivals continues with Netflix’s upcoming Lost in Space series airing on the streaming network on April 13.
The show stars Toby Stephens from Black Sails and Molly Parker (House of Cards) as John and Maureen Robinson, a couple having marital problems who are trying to keep their kids Judy, Penny and Will (Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Max Jenkins) safe while they travel through outer space. The show’s Dr. Smith is played by veteran indie actor Parker Posey with Ignacio Serricchio playing Don West. As you can see from the poster and picture, Will becomes friends with a sentient robotic alien, who better say “Danger, Will Robinson” at least once an episode.
The Netflix Original series is produced by Legendary Television with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (The Last Witch Hunter) writing and Prison Break‘s Zack Estrin serving as showrunner. All three are exec. producers on the show along with Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni and Applebox’s Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig.
The original series created by Irwin Allen ran from 1965 through 1968 but became popular through regular reruns.
As a fan of the original show (from reruns, of course) who was flummoxed by how bad the 1998 movie remake was — it was VERY bad — I’m pleasantly surprised by how good the Netflix series looks. It seems to have a solid budget, clearly much bigger than the original series had (which was part of its charm), and Netflix continues to try and be one of the prime purveyors of science fiction for fans of the genre.
The official synopsis for the show is…
The Robinson family, part of a highly trained mission to establish a new colony in space, is unexpectedly pulled off course forcing them to crash land on a lost planet. Danger will find them.
You can watch the first trailer below with Lost in Space streaming worldwide on Netflix starting April 13.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor