If you live to be old enough, the odds are fairly good that you’ll get to see the tv shows of your childhood remade for a newer audience.
Today’s example of this phenomenon – “Thunderbirds” creator Gerry Anderson’s late seventies, live action sci-fi drama “Space: 1999”, which is due for the creative respray treatment by Jace Hall’s HDFilms outfit, whose most recent project was the reboot of 80’s sci-fi drama, “V”.
A few things, obviously.
If you’re going to remake things, make sure that you’re rebooting something which was a bit rubbish but had potential. So, that’s “Space:1999” in summation – Quite dated, a wee bit too soap opera in tone, but with hard SF underpinnings to mitigate the cheese – we’re off to a good start.
If you’re going to remake things, get good people to do it and make sure that they have cool ideas and can execute things well. Here’s where there’s a slight issue, in that the recent “V” remake was bloody awful in pretty much every respect and was an object lesson in how NOT to make a tv series.
This one could go either way – all I know is that I’ll watch almost any SF show on principle, even if it turns out to be a bit duff, so I’ll probably be giving this remake a look, should it make it to our screens.