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Space: 2099 TV show in development

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, February 10, 2012

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Space: 1999 is being pushed ahead one hundred years. A new television series called Space: 2099 is being developed and will be shopped around to potential partners.

The Space: 2099 show is being made by ITV Studios America and HDFilms. The latter company was one of the teams involved with the recent reboot of another TV sci-fi series, ABC's V.

For fans of the original show, unfortunately there was nothing said about the Space: 2099 story. We don't know if it will be a direct continuation of the first series or a reboot of the same idea, this time pushed ahead a century. However, a promo image showing a decrepid Eagle spaceship (the show's signature spaceship) is seen resting on the moon's surface. Behind it a crane towers beside a different looking spaceship. Is that the next Eagle?

The Space: 1999 show premiered before Star Wars captivated audiences. Starring Martin Landau as the commander of a moon base, the premise found Earth's natural satellite blown out of orbit and sent tumbling through space. Every week the Moonbase Alpha crew would encounter a strange alien force or hostile race. Though the show only ran for two seasons in the mid-1970s, 40 years later, its imaginative set, costume and vehicle design (like the modular Eagle transporter) are still fondly remembered.

"Science fiction is a powerful format capable of visualizing the human condition in thought-provoking ways," said HDFilms president Jace Hall in the pages of The Hollywood Reporter. Hall will also serve as an executive producer on Space: 2099.

"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 Hollywood Reporter.

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