Years before Hollywood megacomposer John Williams wrote the swelling score for Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and other movie classics, he was Johnny Williams, and one of his early gigs was apparently creating the soundtrack for the campy ’60s TV series, Lost in Space. More than 50 years later, and 20 years after Gary Oldman and Matt LeBlanc starred in a forgettable movie remake, Lost in Space is back (on Netflix, at that) and so are nods to Williams’ original score.
Judging by Netflix’s flashy Lost in Space trailer, this version of the show will be a lot closer to Williams’ big budget, dinosaur-tastic projects than its hokey ’60s source material. So yeah, we’re definitely getting a Jurassic Park vibe. Showrunner Zack Estrin has even said that’s what he was going for with the new series:
So, what’s it all about? Lost in Space follows the Robinson family as disaster strikes en route to a space colonization mission, separating them from the other families and landing them on an Earth-like planet all alone. Or so they think. The Robinsons soon run into others, like a very shady Parker Posey — gender-swapping the originally male character of Dr. Smith — and an updated take on the first show’s famous robot.
The whole thing looks super high-end and action-packed.
Netflix is known for keeping money-related details under wraps, but we’d wager they didn’t spare much expense creating the show’s sweeping ice-capped landscapes or terrifying space creatures. This is a far cry from the fake-looking laser guns they used the first time around.
The streaming platform has ambitious plans to create 700 new shows and movies this year, and while that’s maybe (read: probably) too much, if the content they’ll be churning out is all at this caliber, you can bet we’ll be watching.
AND listening. Williams’ distinct musical style definitely comes through in the Lost in Space trailer, and though Chris Leonard updated Williams’ original TV score for the new series, the result sounds just as cinematic. We’re excited to see whether the show delivers that epic movie feel, too. And if the creators want to throw in a velociraptor or two, we’d be cool with that.
All episodes of Lost in Space will be available on Netflix on April 13th.