Cheeseburger Gothic

Lost in Space remake.

Posted November 25, 2015 into Telly by John Birmingham

Is there anything Netflix can’t (or won’t) do? I’m both a little excited and bemused at news the maximum streamer is to remake Lost in Space, one of my favourite childhood memories.

Gilligan’s Island can’t be far off, starring Michael Cera as Gilligan and William Shatner as the Skipper. Hogan’s Heroes already had a sort of reboot with that dark biopic of Bob Crane a few years ago. And there’s been how many very Brady movies?

My childhood afternoons just need this one last remake to be complete. I did enjoy the Lost in Space movie adaptation a couple of years ago*, especially the bit where John Robinson looks at the shiny space blanket and is like, “Pfft. As if.”

Looking through the lens of the way-back-when machine though, I sort of wonder how close to the original series any new version would be. It was pretty lame. I suspect Netflix would be looking for something gnarlier and less kid friendly - but then if that’s the case who’s the audience? They can’t be narrow-casting to nostalgic Gen Xers alone can they?

___

* I admit I may have been alone in that.

26 Responses to ‘Lost in Space remake.’

John Samuel reckons...

Posted November 25, 2015
I seem to recall liking the Lost In Space movie. I think it handled time travel and paradoxes fairly well, which is always nice to see from Hollywood (I've only seen it once though).

DNABeast reckons...

Posted November 25, 2015
Lost in space is actually my 'go to' film for time travel narrative failure. It mixes the 'Changes to the timeline have already happened and are immutable' and the 'go back in time and change everything'. (though I concede this may be justified with a sentient time machine.)

Respond to this thread

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted November 25, 2015
I am so looking forward to this - and not just because of the Space Chick factor. If Marvel could take the crap that was Guardians of the Galaxy and spin it into gold, then Netflix can do it with Lost in Space.

Halwes would have you know...

Posted November 25, 2015

And what cream of the crop space chicks they were too. Except the mother who I'd have left on earth accidentally in the hope of hooking up with some shape shifting, brain stimulating alien who wasn't so serious about everything.

Respond to this thread

Therbs would have you know...

Posted November 25, 2015
Be interesting to see their take on Dr Smith's relationship with young Will. Also, Smith's insults of the robot better be good.

Respond to this comment

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted November 25, 2015
* I admit I may have been alone in that.

I was in a bar in Berkeley when I learned about the reboot and announced it to everyone present. After a fast discussion it was generally agreed that the film has at least ten minutes that are excellent.

Respond to this comment

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 25, 2015

You aren't alone JB I too enjoyed the Remake a few years back, inspite of Matt LeBlock who I thought was a good choice to play major west. I thought it had all the right nods to the series down to the guest appearances by the original cast, the large enigmatic space ball station.


Warner Brother's tried to reboot the series in 2003 with The Robinson's (I serious hoped that was only ever considered a working title, yes we all know it was an updating of Swiss Family Robison but still) caught the pilot episode when it was uploaded to Youtube at the time, I think the 1998 movie did a better job of updating the story.

Respond to this comment

Barnesm reckons...

Posted November 25, 2015
My favorite example of how they updated the movie but noted the series was with the Robert Kinoshita designed Jupiter space craft looking like the old saucer but once in orbit exposing the sleek Chris Foss inspired craft.

Respond to this comment

Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 25, 2015
With Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith, how could even the most hardened cynic not find something to enjoy in that movie?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted November 25, 2015
Eight of the ten minutes of greatness belong to Oldman.

Respond to this thread

GhostSwirv mutters...

Posted November 25, 2015

I saw William Shatner's show in Melbourne - I can definitely see him in the Gilligan remake but not as the Skipper ... he'd want to be called the Admiral.

As for the Netflix remake of Lost in Space ... an all-time favourite as a teenager, especially as the Jupiter II launched on my birthday.

I trust they'd make a better fist of it than the Goldsman/Hopkins movie - I agree with PNB, there's only about 10 minutes of good stuff in the whole show.

Key questions - who to voice the Robot, who to play Will and Doctor Smith and what am I going to have for lunch?

Sudragon is gonna tell you...

Posted November 25, 2015
This may cause much debate, but Cumberbatch as Smith could work. He does sneering and snide very well.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted November 25, 2015
Yes, yes he does.

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted November 26, 2015
But then the stories must ensure Dr Smith never has to say Penguin.

Respond to this thread

Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted November 25, 2015

I too loved the old Lost In Space - and the other Irwin Allen shows i.e. Land of the Giants, Time Tunnel, etc. The remake was not bad, and as usual Gary Oldman chewed vast swathes of scenery... I just hope they don't stuff up the latest remake. It HAS to have certain elements - make the robot basically like the old one, the Jupiter 2 has to be a saucer shape, and Dr Smith has to have a love/hate relationship with the robot, complete with insults like 'bubble headed booby'...



Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted November 25, 2015
"and Dr Smith has to have a love/hate relationship with the robot, complete with insults like 'bubble headed booby'...

I have to disagree. For a remake to be successful those reinventing cannot be burdened by sacred cows of any kind. That is what ruined Green Lantern. As a child I enjoyed the relationship between the mincing Dr. Smith and the robot. But it wasn't something at the core of what made the series special - those times it was special. There were more awful episodes than great ones - which is why it lasted only two seasons - despite the new theme song.

Therbs reckons...

Posted November 26, 2015
Time Tunnel!

Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted November 26, 2015
Only two seasons? I thought it went a tad longer than that (ah thanks Wikipedia - 3 seasons and 83 eps...gawd that's a lot of episodes!). Granted, finding a suitable replacement Dr Smith aka The Special Guest Star would be hard....Jonathan Harris was a unique specimen!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted November 26, 2015
I confused Lost in Space (3 seasons) with Land of the Giants (2 seasons). Anyone could have made that mistake.

GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted November 26, 2015
Sure, it's easy to mistake two of Irwin Allen's science fiction series, when they clearly both have a robot, a dog, a busted space-ship, aliens of wildly differing size, shape and colour, an irredeemably cowardly saboteur, square jawed athletic leading men, brightly dressed women and a young boy who somehow always manages to save the day to a boppy Johnny Williams theme.

Oh wait ... ?

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted November 26, 2015
"anyone could have made that mistake"....really?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted November 27, 2015
Okay, I lied. I've never even seen Land of the Giants. But Wiki told me it had a two year run and, as GS points out above, there are some striking similarities between Land of the Giants and Lost in Space. So I thought it might be a convincing lie.

Nevertheless, my point remains: no sacred cows should influence the remake. An occasional reference for the fan boys is fine (there are plenty in Jessica Jones - such as Luke Cage saying "sweet Christmas" - his comic book catch phrase - and Jessica's friends' attempt to persuade her to were a costume that is clearly a reference to her comic identity as Jewel) but none of these shout-outs dominated or influenced the story line the way DC's insistence on power rings charged by small batteries that are in turn powered by a really big battery on another planet (great in the 1940's, but simply stupid in the wireless age) and power rings that make shapes like cars and swords (again, great for a kids comic, but idiotic in any adult context) totally fucked up Green Lantern. Jessica Jones, on the other hand, let go of the the sacred cow of the Purple Man's color and focused on his evil. You saw the result.

I expect Netflix to put together creative and production teams that have the same good sense when it comes to the Lost in Space remake.

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted November 27, 2015

You have just provided one of the best pieces of advice I have seen on how to up date an old beloved TV series for the modern age.

Whatever your clients are paying you its not enough for the quality of your analysis.

GhostSwirv would have you know...

Posted November 27, 2015

You had me at ... "Okay, I lied"!

Respond to this thread

Surtac reckons...

Posted November 25, 2015
Not just Gen Xers. This particular Boomer, then a teenager, was once quite infatuated with Angela Cartwright's performance as Penny Robinson in the tv show.

Respond to this comment

JG reckons...

Posted November 26, 2015
Loved Lost in Space. I watched it religiously. Mr Smith - what a meanie, and those two women - very B52s.

Respond to this comment

Respond to 'Lost in Space remake.'

Follow along with RSS