Netflix’s Lost In Space reboot gets its first full-length trailer, debuts 13 April
Joining the ever-growing catalog of Netflix Originals comes a show much older than the platform — or rather, a modern take on it. Originally aired in the mid-60s, Lost In Space was a sci-fi series that followed a family of volunteer colonists hoping to settle in Alpha Centauri, only to be thrown off-course by problems within and without. After announcing the 10-episode reboot back in 2016, Netflix has finally revealed a full-length trailer to dig into.
“Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization 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, lightyears from their original destination.”
The original show was also set 30 years in the future which, at the time, meant that the Robinson family was hurtling through space in shiny silver suits sometime in the mid-90s. Like hoverboards, that reality never came to pass. Sadly, what we did get was the passing of show creator Irwin Allen.
Other than the updated costume, prop, and set design — just look at the old B9 robot— it seems that Netflix is also making some drastic changes to the show’s tone. The TV landscape has changed drastically since the ’60s, and rather than a campy, wholesome show about a family struggling in space, the Lost in Space reboot appears to have a far grittier atmosphere with a preference for drama over comedy. And a whole load of action too, judging by some of those scenes.
Playing the two volunteer scientists are Toby Stephens (Black Sails) as John Robinson and Molly Parker (House of Cards) as Maureen Robinson. Joining them are Taylor Russel (Falling Skies), Mina Sundwall (Maggie’s Plan), and Max Jenkins (Sense8) as the three Robinson kids — Judy, Penny, and Will.
There to sew trouble and deception is Parker Rosey (A Mighty Wind) as Dr. Smith and Ignacio Serricchio (Bones) as the blue-collar contractor Don West.
There’s been no word of cameo appearances from the original cast, nor any official confirmation of John Williams returning for the main theme. What we do know is that Christopher Lennetz (Supernatural and Mass Effect 2 DLCs) scored the new soundtrack.
Lost in Space is written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter), with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) serving as showrunner. Other executive producers include Synthesis Entertainment founders Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni — which developed and produced sequels and remakes for Allen’s other shows — as well as Applebox Entertainment’s Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. The entire production is led by Legendary Television.
Seeing how Netflix also greenlit the new Star Trek: Discovery, another series born from the ’60s, it seems that there are more than just a handful of sci-fi fans in the company. Naturally, talks of reboots and sequels does bring Firefly to mind, although that’s ultimately in the hands of Fox and their new owners, Disney.
Lost in Space launches globally on 13 April. It has an official listing now so you can go ahead and add it to your watch list.