In a truly peculiar story, it is being reported via The Hollywood Reporter that ITV Studio America and HDFILMS are looking to bring back one of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s television properties from the 1970’s, and the series is Space:1999. Why is this story peculiar? Sit tight first…
Jace Hall, the president of HDFilms is reported to be in charge of this reboot and will also serve as the executive producer. Said Hall:
“Science fiction is a powerful format capable of visualizing the human condition in thought-provoking ways. 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.”
The latest word we have received is that it’s in the development phase, and HDFILMS is trying to shop it around to different networks. Whether a single major network will get to run the series, or if it will be syndicated to a variety of channels is anyone’s guess.
I said this was a peculiar story. What makes it peculiar is while we here at TG2 Studios learned about this just last night, after doing some digging it was discovered that this news item broke back in 2012. So if this is an old story, why run it now? Because for some odd reason the original story from THR (as well as other news sources which reported on THR’s story at the time in 2012) is beginning to make the rounds again, and even now there are people who are commenting on it on different websites and social media, as if the story were totally brand new.
Does this mean that HDFILMS is actually going to go through with the remake attempt now? Does Space: 1999 need to be remade, or should it just stand on its own as a testament to the era in which it was produced?
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