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All principals actors were contracted to a three picture option, but as the film failed to recoup its budget in North America, plans for a new franchise were scrapped.
Dick Tufeld reprises his role from Lost in Space (1965) as the voice of the Robot.
Despite opening in theaters on April 3, Lost in Space (1998) was the first new film of 1998 to open at #1 at the box office. This was due to the incredible 15-week reign of Titanic (1997) at the top spot, which began in late December. Since it finally knocked "Titanic" out of the #1 spot on the box office charts, for a short time after its release the movie was given the nickname "The Iceberg".
Originally, all surviving cast members of the TV show were meant to have cameo appearances. Mark Goddard, the original Major Don West, plays the General. June Lockhart, the original Maureen Robinson, plays Will Robinson's principal. Marta Kristen and Angela Cartwright, the original Robinson girls, play reporters. Ironically, Bill Mumy and Jonathan Harris, the two actors most supportive of the idea of a new movie (as well as the two most popular characters on the show), did not appear in it. Mumy wanted to play the older Will Robinson but the director thought it would be too distracting from the plot to have the original Will play the older Will. Harris was to have played the man who hired, then betrayed, Dr. Smith. In an interview for "TV Guide" prior to the film's release, it was mentioned that Jonathan Harris bluntly stated, "I will have you know I have never done a walk-on or bit part in my life! And I do not intend to start." He announced that if he could not play his own role in the movie, he wanted nothing to do with it. He did return as Dr. Smith in a one-hour TV special Lost in Space Forever (1998).
Gary Oldman was the first member of the cast to sign on, jumping at the chance to appear in a family film.
The television series Lost in Space (1965) was set in the future of 1997 - the year the film began production.
A huge production, Lost in Space (1998) occupied 12 separate soundstages when it was being filmed at London's Shepperton Studios.
Matt LeBlanc filmed his role while Friends (1994) was still shooting, and had to fly back and forth between sets several times per week in order to do both projects at the same time.
Director Stephen Hopkins had never seen an episode of Friends (1994) when Matt LeBlanc was cast.
Heather Graham was dating director Stephen Hopkins during filming.
Gary Oldman is listed twice in the ending credits, credited as "Dr. Smith" and again as "Spider Smith".
The first robot in the movie weighed two tons and required eight people to control.
Sean Patrick Flanery was originally cast as Don West, but he was let go while the project was still in rehearsal because it was thought that he too closely resembled William Hurt. The part, played by Matt LeBlanc, was also previously offered to Matthew Perry.
In the script the ship with the spiders doesn't have a name while in the movie it is called The Proteus. You could also notice this later on when Older Will talks about how the spiders survived by watching his lips move.
The Jupiter 1 (the booster stage for the Jupiter 2 craft) bears a strong resemblance to the craft in the original Lost in Space (1965) TV series.
Over 3,500 names are listed in the end credits.
Heather Graham wasn't even born when the first season of Lost in Space (1965) was broadcast.
Ib Melchior was given screen credit and worked as special advisor to Mark W. Koch in Lost in Space (1998) because he was the creator of the original "Space Family Robinson" (1960) - a screenplay, which became Irwin Allen's Lost in Space (1965) TV series. Melchior was never credited for the creation, until the details were exposed in Ed Shifres' "Space 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.
In the original script and movie adaptation, it wasn't Silicon Graphics who co-sponsored the Jupiter mission, it was Coca-Cola.
Blawp was originally going to be an animatronic puppet in the film, except the puppet didn't look real enough so it was replaced with a CG puppet.
British Band Lighthouse Family recorded the song "Lost in Space" for this film, but the producers decided not to use. It wasn't released for 2 months after the films US release.
Both actresses that have appeared on the big and little screen as Penny Robinson have both also lent their talents to two separate versions of Babes in Toyland.
The Jupiter 2 control room has computer displays by Silicon Graphics.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

According to the screen writer, if this movie did receive a sequel it would have been about the Robinson Family making it to Alpha Prime. However they'll discover that Alpha Prime is already populated with humans because they previously went through a worm hole in the first movie that sends them into the future. Along with a sub-plot with Judy Robinson creating a cure for Dr. Smith to prevent the spider infection from turning him into Spider Smith and Penny ending up receiving the same color changing abilities as Blawp has.

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