In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. They are to go there on a ship christened the Jupiter 2. However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship's robot, but in the process becomes trapped on the ship, and because of his excess weight, the ship and all on board become hopelessly lost and it now becomes a fight for survival as the crew tries to find their way back home. Written by
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(title: "Lost in Space" (1965)) Ed Shifres book Space Family Robinson: The True Story precipitated the arrangement for writer/director Ib Melchior to be given screen credit in the Lost in Space (1998) movie produced by Prelude Pictures and distributed by New Line Cinema, and Melchior worked as special adviser to Mark W. Kochin the film because Melchior was the creator of the original Space Family Robinson, a 1960 screenplay which became Irwin Allen's Lost in Space (1965) TV series. Allen's original pilot No Place To Hide (1 January 1965) is almost a carbon copy of Melchior's Space Family Robinson 1960 screenplay. Melchior was never credited for the creation, until the details were exposed in Ed ShifresSpace Family Robinson: The True Story(Windsor House-1996) and re-published as Lost in Space: The True Story (Windsor House - 1998). The book was extremely controversial and earned Melchior a monetary settlement and recognition as the creator of what became Lost in Space. The book was critically acclaimed with excellent reviews from Hollywood notable writers. To satisfy Melchior, Prelude Pictures hired him as a consultant on their feature film adaptation. Melchior's contract also guaranteed him 2% of the producer's gross receipts, a provision that was later the subject of a suit between Melchior and Mark W. Koch of Prelude Pictures. Although an Appellate Court ruled partly in Melchior's favor, on November 17, 2004 [ironically the exact month/day of the Second Revised shooting Final Irwin Allen pilot script in 1964], the Supreme Court of California denied a petition by Melchior to further review the case. See more »
The Robot is mounted on tracks. Yet in close-ups when it moves with a normal walking action and it is possible to see the actors legs move in the lower parts of the suit. See more »
This was one of the dumbest sci-fi shows. When the Lost in Space debuted in the 60's I eagerly waited for each show. As it progress the shows lack of writing talent made each episode inane and I quickly lost interest in it. Thank goodness Star Trek came along. The episodes disintegrated in nonsensical stories of regurgitated fairy tales, fake-stupid looking monsters and women actors who did stupid things and could not defend themselves. The show became dominated by the antics of Will, Dr. Smith and the robot. If Dr. Robinson and Don had given Dr. Smith a good right across the jaw it would have enhanced the show greatly because that's what we all wanted to do! On the side there was Penny much like 'Elly May' and her critters which added nothing and the undeveloped romance between Major West and Judy. Lost in Space had potential but became a comical circus show.
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