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Space: 1999: New 2099 TV Series Announced

Space 2099 Back in the 1970s, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson created the syndicated sci-fi series Space:1999. Set some 25 years into the future, humans had established a research center on the moon and had been storing nuclear waste on the far side. After a massive explosion, the moon is ripped from Earth’s orbit and sent hurtling through space. The 311 men and women that are trapped on Moonbase Alpha encounter strange aliens out in space as they search for a new planet to colonize and call home.

Space: 1999 ran for two seasons and stars Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, a then-married couple who’d worked together on from Mission: Impossible. Barry Morse co-starred on the first season and season two saw the addition of Catherine Schell and Tony Anholt. Other castmembers include Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, and Anton Phillips.

The series never had a true series finale but a mini-finale was filmed in 1999 on a replica set and features Merton delivering a final message from Moonbase Alpha. There was talk around that time of reviving Space: 1999 as a series of movies (ala the Star Trek film franchise) but the project didn’t get off the ground.

For several years, fans of the original series have been working on an unauthorized project called Space: 2099 that would be set 30-40 years after the original.

Now, ITV Studios America and HDFILMS have announced that they are producing an official reimagining of Space: 1999. It’s also called Space: 2099 but is unrelated to the fan project. Jace Hall is the president of HDFILMS and is executive producing the new series. He was also an executive producer on ABC’s now-cancelled V reboot.

No specific storyline details have been released about the new series. In an FAQ, Hall notes, “Space: 2099 is a ‘re-imagining’ of the franchise. What this means is that while there will be some familiar elements from Space: 1999, Space: 2099 represents a new vision and encapsulation of the intentions and key axioms that made Space: 1999 so unique and wonderful. Our intention is not to alter, replace, or negate the original Space:1999 series is any way – but to simply bring something thoughtful and new to audiences that align with the overall fundamental story-telling intention of the Space: 1999 franchise in general.”

Here’s the press release:

Space 2099 ITV Studios America and HDFILMS announced an agreement today for the development of “SPACE: 2099” – a complete reimagining of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s award winning and popular franchise “SPACE: 1999” which originally aired in the mid 1970’s, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President and CEO of ITV Studios America and Jace Hall, President and Founder of HDFILMS Inc.

Hall, also Executive Producer, is at the helm of the creative effort and is working closely with ITV Studios America to realize the full potential of the story and franchise. HDFILMS Inc. focuses on creating premium online content as well as film, television, and videogames. As the development visionary and Executive Producer of the recently re-imagined “V” television series on ABC, Hall has been the driving force behind numerous creative projects across many media platforms.

According to Hall, “This is a rare and exciting creative opportunity for anyone involved in storytelling and one that I am honored to receive. 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.”

Buccieri said: “After more than 35 years, we are thrilled to be developing a new vision of our much beloved franchise for audiences worldwide. Historically, the “SPACE: 1999” brand has entertained and fascinated millions of people. We are enthusiastic about the vision that Jace Hall and his team at HDFILMS have created and we’re very excited to be working together.”

ABOUT ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
ITV Studios America, the US based production entity of ITV Studios in the UK, is one of the largest international producers for the US market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for US networks. ITV Studios America has a slate of formats in production with major networks and syndicators, including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, First 48, After the First 48, Steven Seagal-Lawman, Four Weddings, Fat Chef, My Ride Rules, On The Fly, The Bill Cunningham Show, America Now and The Jeremy Kyle Show.

ABOUT HDFILMS INC.
HDFILMS INC. is a production company primarily focused on creating premium online content as well as film, television, and videogames. As the development visionary and Executive Producer of the recently re-imagined “V” television series on ABC, Jace Hall has been the driving force behind numerous creative projects across many media types.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing a new imagining of Space: 1999?

 

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JOE RALEY January 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

I loved the show! I liked the first season a lot better than the first although the second season improved dramatically with the final (5) episodes. I was wondering if the revival is still in the works. It has been two years! What’s up?

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jasen April 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

so very excited to see this new series. But i also hope that eric bernard’s remastering is allowed and his new series green-lighted. Lots of room in the wordwide syndicstrd market for all of this. And much much more.

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Craig November 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’ve been watching the old series and really can’t see why this show doesn’t have the fan base like Star Trek. For a show done in the 70′s the effects were great, the plots a little outlandish but fun and creative. Compared to the original star trek I just never hear of this show.
It seems it should have a bigger fan base. I would love to have it re done, maybe it will make many new fans, ans awaken people to this lost treasure.

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susan October 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

It’l be shit in all reality, the original is quite the best.
I do not look forward to this at al, cgi crap! Cgi people! Cgi bloody this that and the other, itl get ruined and be imagined badly.

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John Koenig March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Is it too much to hope it is like the first series of Space 1999? The metaphysical stuff was cool. When Fred Freiberger took over after destroying Star Trek, he did the same to Space 1999 with equal ease.

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tiffany connolly February 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I remember reruns of this on syfy channel when they were just starting out on cable. I thought i was delightfuly campy. If they remake it though they may need to adjust it a little for more jaded audiences.

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Aubry Thonon February 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

There is a common misconception that, in the show, the Moon was blown out of orbit by a massive explosion. This was not helped by the new opening credits of the second series. However, if you re-watch the first episode you will notice that this was not a single explosion, but in fact a gigantic nuclear “blowtorch” which pushed the Moon out of its orbit and kept on accelerating it for quite a time until it eventually “ran out of fuel” and gravity returned to normal.

Technically, the Moon also did not leave orbit straight out of the system but, since the storage area was on far-side, would have ended up doing a slingshot around the Earth. Poor Earth.

I await the re-imaging with trepidation. BSG was given a decent new series. V, less so. And the original series lost much of its appeal (to me at least) after they hired an American director to re-image it for the second season. Oh well, we’ll see…

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Josef Meditz February 14, 2012 at 1:59 am

2099 was the brain child of a Canadian Film maker, Eric Bernard, who came with this idea way back in the mid 2000s and not only did he remastered the original shows to be Space 2099 with enhanced SFX (like CBS did for Trek TOS ) but he also re-edit the dialogue to move dates and mistakes about history – http://youtu.be/wPTZaSv9Bxk , But he, also with fan support and one of the writer of the original series, came up with a sequel to the original series set 40 years after 1999/2099 with the idea of having original cast members and new actors playing the moonbase children all grown up. He went to ITV around 2008 and continued talking to them up until he heard of Hall’s reproduction. Now he has challenge both Hall and ITV to let him make the sequel and finish the saga of 1999 You can read more of what he has to say here – http://www.thescifiworld.net/interviews/eric_bernard_02.htm and he has a clip of his sfx of 2099 here on his space2099.com site – http://www.space2099.com/vfx-trailer-legacy#!__vfx-trailer-legacy

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CmdrR February 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

YES! One of my childhood favs. Loved the first season, although I’ll concede that Catherine Schell was hot as Maya.
Love the Eagles! Hope you can also fit in a few groovey, Tang-colored planets.

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Milu February 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

Excellent news! I enjoyed that show. It would be interesting to watch it again!!

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Kat February 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I’ve never seen this, so I’m all for a revival, though I’m really wondering how long it would be before the loose moon got pulled into Jupiter and destroyed, hehe. But hey, suspension of disbelief is a prerequisite for sci-fi.

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Bethany February 12, 2012 at 5:16 am

I can remember it being on, but really didn’t hit my SciFi stride until about 10 years later. I definately look forward to the reboot of the show. I am still missing the new V, thought it was better than the original, and that is saying a LOT. I really loved the original and watch it whenever they play it in reruns now. Sounds like, if they do it right, this show could really take off.

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Kerry Keene February 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I’m thrilled that “Space: 1999″ under its new title of “Space: 2099″ is in the planning stages. From the title, I assume that it will take place sometime in the Alpha future. I wonder if it will be populated by their children and their children’s children or the original characters, being perhaps the moon is traveling at a rate near the spedd of light (hey it’s SF) that time has slowed for them.
My concern is that the two seasons were quite different. I hope that the best of both seasons and characters (if based on the original characters) and stories will be incorporated into the new series.
And OleVizer, you aren’t the only one who loves Maya (the character) and is a big fan of the lovely actress who portrayed her, I’m one as well. And thare are many other fans. In polls of favorite characters, Maya usually comes in the top three. In a poll done in England in 2004, a TV network asked people to rate their top ten SF alien characters. Maya came in fifth. Not bad considering the competition and that this character was only on for one year. A tribute to Catherine Schell’s talent. If you go to youtube and search on Maya Space: 1999, you’ll see two interviews done with Catherine, one in 1976 during the making of “A Matter Of Balance” and one commenting on the poll. Nice!

There are a lot of Maya and Tony and John, etc entries in youtube that have been done by fans over the years.

Thanks again to those who are preparing to bring this series back.

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OleVizer February 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

I may be one of the few but I loved “Maya” so I wonder if they will have that character on the show

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Dave February 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

Please dont mess up the ship…please dont mess up the ship. :)

I still have an original die cast toy of it. I just love its design. Cockpit looks good from the poster, but wanna see the rest! :)

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