SPACE: 1999 to be Revamped for TV as SPACE: 2099

     February 9, 2012


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 reportedspace-2099-space-1999-cast 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):


  • excpired

    I don’t think citing V as a series that was revamped and worked is a good idea! Didn’t that show get canceled in its second season?

    Maybe Battlestar Gallactica is a better example.

  • Agent_Black


    The new series of V had the most awful visual effects and the crappiest writing, acting, plot, direction….. it was god awful shite from the poorest, cheapest, cesspools of disposable television.

    The company behind that utter bollocks ruined one of my childhood tv shows and now they are back to drive another show into the ground. This is crap news.

  • dogg

    Goddamit, reboot Firefly already. Why are we even dicking around with this?

    • majorchris

      amen! firefly is what the people want. why can,t they see that?

    • brandon

      I’m hoping that you meant to say, bring back Firefly. The original series was great, and would be successful if they just continued to make episodes.

  • Fuzzy Green

    Now that’s wierd. I agree with everything that has been said so far.

  • Tarek

    They are running out of ideas. This is all Luca$ fault.

  • Carter

    Space 1999 is my favorite series of all time, whoever remakes it please,please,please DON’T FRACK IT UP! What really made Space 1999 so good was that it wasn’t just cops and robbers set out in space, they didn’t have some enemy they had to do battle with all the time. Please, no arch enemies, all that will say is the writers have no imagination and are depending on this good vs evil battle so ingrained into the American pyschy.

  • Heliodoro

    Space 1999 ha sido miserie favorita,para su epoca tenia muy buenos efectos,pero es verdad actualmente estas series solo 1 o 2 temporadas,que porque no hay presupuesto,que porque tienen poca audiencia;lo que pasa es que les falta ese amor que le ponian antes a la ciencia ficcion,ya no y son contadas.

  • Bruce Gifford

    Even as a youngster, as excited as I was about Maya, I missed Dr. Bergman…even if it hadn’t been a salary dispute, I bet they would have cut him. The “creature of the week” with Maya was a little much.. I just rewatched the two seasons, and it was unfortunate that there were “too many cooks that spoiled the broth” in the second season, but I have to say, I still enjoyed it tremendously…..great fun and memories!! All this bushwa about “scientific accuracy” that the moon would blow up into little pieces if the nuclear waste went critical, just get over it and suspend your disbelief already…that was a fun plot point…. I always thought that as they were stranded, they would start to explore the inner caverns of the Moon and find….interesting things…. I’m SO glad someone is finally showing interest in remaking this!

  • Dennis

    Awesome!! I dreamed about a remake but never thought they would actually do one.. I’m really excited! Well, I guess until I see it, I won’t believe it.

    This series (along with star trek TNG) has profoundly influenced my youth and possibly the rest of my life, my profession and so on…

    I’ve re-watched both seasons recently and I must admit, although I thought Maya was really cool, I prefer by far the 1st season and Dr Bergman was the one I looked up to.

    Let’s hope that a network will be interested to buy it and use some PATIENCE before pulling the plug on it too fast. I’d love one day to be able to buy the complete series… Space: 2099 season 1 to 7 :)

    But for now, let’s hope S1 ever sees the light of day.

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