|(poster design for the upcoming remake release)|
In the role of director is Matthew Gratzner. Other than a short film and a commercial, Gratzner has a laundry list of effects supervisor credits. There hasn't been a whole lot written about the production, but what little I have seen in the way of statements by Gratzner leads me to believe that he is taking the fans of the original to heart. It appears that care is being taken in getting the details correct. How refreshing...I am tired of 'reboots' being terrible. Like Jonathan Frakes' live action feature of the "Thunderbirds". It was horrible. (Frakes' admission that he had never seen an episode of the 'T-Birds' might have had something to do with it...) To all the producers out there wanting to remake things, do me a HUGE favor. Look for stuff that was terrible to begin with and make it better. There have been plenty of shows with a great premise, but bad execution. Pick on those...onto casting.
There isn't a lot out there about casting choices. I have only been able to find info about two actors that have supposedly signed on:
|COLONEL PAUL FOSTER|
(Left: Michael Billington; Right: Joshua Jackson)
|COLONEL VIRGINIA LAKE|
(Left: Wanda Ventham; Right: Ali Larter)
As for Larter in the role of Colonel Lake, that character was just kind of "there". She showed up later in the run, and just seemed to be a bit of set dressing. The character of Lake has one episode that comes to mind where she is a featured player along with Commander Ed Straker. The episode is called "Timelash", and is told through a series of flashbacks...good episode.
That's it. Those are the only cast members I've found. Who knows, maybe they have been replaced for whatever reason. By the lack of over all production information on the official site for the movie, it appears they are keeping a lot of the details under wraps. My curiosity is definitely peaked.
As for the original series, I can't recommend it enough. Hardcore science fiction fans will have seen it (if you haven't, shame on you), but for those that haven't it is well worth the watch. The writing is a bit dated and has its chuckle worthy moments, but the over all plot lines for the time are great.
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|(Clockwise from the top: Moonbase, Interceptor, S.I.D., Skydiver,|
Sky 1, Mobile Unit)
Who will be playing Straker in the new film? Who will play Lieutenant Ellis? Why is Gilligan on Moonbase? (Hah...came across the picture and posted it because of Gilligan...in space. Wait! It's been done. "Far-Out Spacenuts". Boy, that was a bad Syd & Marty Kroft Show. But I digress...)
The official site says that the projected release date is for sometime in 2013. For the first time in a long while I am actually looking forward to a remake. I think it stems from the fact that the director of the film has mentioned they are taking the original to heart when getting into the details. I'm sure they will revamp the designs, which is fine as long as I can see the nod to the original designs. The 1970 series is so special, I don't want them to water it down to much.While I was surfing around reading up on my new discovery, I learned that Michael Billington passed away in 2005. I was sad to learn that. Rest in peace, Michael.
Now for your viewing pleasure: "Ordeal", Episode 19