If taking a sci-fi television series from the 20th century and reworking it for a modern audience could work for ABC’s V, then there’s hope for Space: 2099. Not only does the series have the strong original run of Space: 1999 to draw from, but HDFilms (the company behind the V resurrection) is on board for the remake. The original 1970s series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson starred Martin Landau (Ed Wood) and Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible) among the crew members of Moonbase Alpha. News of the reboot comes only months after Fox and Seth MacFarlane announced the revisiting of the Carl Sagan miniseries, Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey. Although the project is in early stages of development and hasn’t yet courted any networks, the creative team behind Space: 2099 seem enthusiastic. Hit the jump to see what they had to say and watch an intro from the original series.
THR reported on the revitalization of Space: 1999 as Space: 2099. Jace Hall, the president of HDFilms who will serve as an executive producer, had this to say about working on a contemporary version of the series:
“Science fiction is a powerful format capable of visualizing the human condition in thought-provoking ways. While we are indeed re-imagining the franchise and bringing something new and relevant to today’s audiences, I feel strongly that some of the overall tones set by the original Space: 1999 television show represent an exciting platform to explore possibilities.”
ITV Studios International will be pairing up with HDFilms for the project. Managing director Paul Buccieri spoke to the sense of nostalgia carried by the original series:
“After more than 35 years, we are thrilled to be developing a new vision of our much beloved franchise for audiences worldwide. Historically, the Space: 1999 brand has entertained and fascinated millions of people.”
The first season of Space: 1999 came out on Blu-ray in 2010, so fans of the original or new converts can go check it out. Watch the intro for the original series below (I hope they keep the theme song):