Space: 1999 to return as Space: 2099

It was moody, well-acted and avoided most of the camp action of its peers, but there was something about Britain’s Space: 1999 that set it apart from the rest.

Now ITV Studios America and HDFILMS are set to bring back the series, setting it 100 years after its original, as Space: 2099.

The original series set on Moonbase Alpha aired from 1975 – 1977 with a cast including American actors Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (real-life husband and wife), Australian Nick Tate, Barry Morse and Catherine Schell. Its look drew inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“Science fiction is a powerful format capable of visualizing the human condition in thought-provoking ways,” said HDFilms president Jace Hall (V), who will serve as an executive producer.

“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’s managing director Paul Buccieri added, “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 project is still in the development phase, and has yet to be shopped to networks.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

14 Comments:

  1. Obviously the year had to change but will the September 13 remain the fateful date and would that have to change as well given how close it is to September 11.

    Tony Bee – Space 1999 was made in place of a second season of UFO. Therefore there probably would not been a Space 1999 if there had been a second UFO season.

    I hope the compilation movies of Space 1999 gets released on DVD soon. i have been searching them for years and only found one of them.

  2. I used to love watching these old ITC shows on Nick at Nite. In 1975 everyone believed that by 1980 we’d all be living on the moon. I can’t see this revival being very popular.

  3. Nathan, it could be, though I didn’t watch Upstairs Downstairs. I couldn’t make myself care about it enough. It could be another Sherlock, I have been watching The Adventures if Sherlock Holmes on the ABC at lunch times. Then it would be a step in the right direction. I wonder which Australian actor they’ll chose for the Nick Tate role??

  4. UFO?? That was fabulous, I remember all the Moon base outfits!!! My favourite episode was when Straker was in a different time stream to everyone else and he was fast and they were slow (or vice versa) I have very vague memories of string vests and a submarine!!

  5. I just hope they get basic astronomy facts right in the scripts – e.g. Venus is intensely hot, it has an extremely high pressure and corrosive atmosphere, Mars is very cold and has almost no atmosphere, there are (now) eight planets in the solar system, and Jupiter, Saturn, etc. are gas giants, they have have no solid surfaces.

    Also, there cannot be a ‘counter Earth’ on the far side of the sun, no asteroid is large enough to have an atmosphere or any noticeable gravity, and the Moon isn’t hollow. And of course – when spacecraft explode they do so silently, in space no one can hear you go blooey…

  6. Well there reimaging of V went real well and lasted to a proper conclusion didn’t it.

    The only one that could work well is Alien Nation, if they set it against the backdrop of Rufugees and they could kind of have impetus as the film District 9 was on a similar theme (though not as intergrated into society of course, however in flashbacks to first arriving).

  7. Interesting. The series was the first live action series for Gerry Anderson after the success of The Thunderbirds and related projects. Martin Landau could have just as easily been a puppet!

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