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Lost in Space Reboot Lands on Netflix!


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In development for over a year now, Deadline brings word that a television reboot of the classic sci-fi series Lost in Space has landed at Netflix after a bidding war for the revival settled.  Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who scripted Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter will executive produce the series with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, and director Neil Marshall (Doomsday, The Descent) and Marc Helwig of Applebox. The revival is being written with an eye toward a straight-to-series order with Marshall expected to direct.

Created by Irwin Allen, the original series premiered on CBS in 1965 and went on to last for three seasons and 85 episodes. The series focused on the intergalactic adventures of The Robinson family, who were originally sent into the stars aboard the Jupiter 2 for colonization, but the vessel was sabotaged by the backstabbing Dr. Zachary Smith, whose efforts to disrupt the trip result in the clan being stranded in the cosmos.

Television reboots for Lost in Space have been attempted with both a 1970s cartoon and a 2003 live-action version, directed by legendary filmmaker John Woo, though neither were picked up to series. A feature film reboot of the series was released in 1998 featuring the likes of Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, and Lacey Chabert among its cast. The big screen treatment only had a moderate reception at the box office but is notable for being the first film to dethrone Titanic from the #1 spot at the box office upon release.








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November 24, 2015


Fantastic Four Sequel Pulled from Fox's Schedule!


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Despite writer/producer Simon Kinberg expressing a desire to make more movies with the cast, 20th Century Fox has pulled the Fantastic Four sequel from their release calendar. The film was scheduled to debut in theaters on June 2, 2017, one week after Star Wars: Episode VIII.


Loosely based on Marvel’s “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comic series, the film was mired in controversy from the start, including a controversial tweet from director Josh Trank sent the day the film opened, lamenting the quality of the final cut.


Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing), Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom, Reg E. Cathey (“The Wire”) as Dr. Franklin Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson.


The film went on to gross just $56 million at the domestic box office with a global total of $167 million. It reportedly cost about $120 million to make.


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James Berardinelli, Founder of ReelViews (, visits in his bi-weekly segment on Fictional Frontiers.  The nation's best online film critic discusses the final installment of The Hunger Games series and the latest film in the Rocky saga: Creed.








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