Toby Stephens Talks “Lost in Space” Reboot

A few months ago came the announcement that Netflix has ordered a ten-episode reboot of the classic 1960s sci-fi series “Lost in Space”. The original series followed the Robinson family as they tried to survive in hostile space after their ship was sabotaged and thrown of course.

The new take is expected to follow the same formula and stars
Toby Stephens and Molly Parker as John and Maureen Robinson, Ignacio Serricchio as Major Don West, Parker Posey as the duplicitous Doctor Zachary Smith, and the likes of Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall and Maxwell Jenkins as the three Robinson children.

Stephens is out doing press for the final season of Starz’s big-budget pirate drama “Black Sails” from which he’s segueing into ‘Space’. Speaking with Collider, Stephens discussed taking on the role of another ship captain following his turn as Captain Flint and the new show’s tone:

“It’s gonna be a lot of fun and very different from Black Sails. What’s nice is that I’m playing a complex character, but somebody who’s, in a way, a lot more simplistic than Flint. He’s just in a very difficult situation

It’s a very clever, modern reworking of a great story. Lost in Space is Swiss Family Robinson in space, so it was a story that existed before Lost in Space. The fundamental story is that it’s a family that is lost in a difficult, life-threatening situation and how it challenges them and brings them closer together.

That is essentially what the story of this is, it’s just the context is a lot more modern. It’s a more modern take on the ’60s version. If you look at it now, it’s charming, but it seems so innocent. Whereas this is a version that is for our time. I’m hoping it will still have humor and humanity in it, but it has obviously gotta be for a modern audience.

I think it’s equally as big [as Black Sails], just in a different way. It’s spaceships and planets that aren’t like ours and spacesuits. It’s going to be really fun like that.”

The show was previously adapted into a 1998 feature starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Matt Le Blanc, Jared Harris, Lacey Chabert and Heather Graham. Netflix’s new “Lost in Space” is targeting an early 2018 premiere.