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UPDATE - Now With Unaired TIME TUNNEL!! A Long Time Ago, John Woo Directed A LOST IN SPACE Revamp Pilot Which Never Aired!! See it Here!!

Merrick again...

As a few Talkbackers have noted, a 2002 pilot for a revamped TIME TUNNEL series is also available on YouTube.  Like THE ROBINSONS, this pilot never aired and it didn't go to series. 

 

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Merrick here...

 

Back in 2003/2004, four or five years after Stephen Hopkins' spectacular-but-lackluster big screen adaptation, John Woo directed a pilot for a proposed re-launch of Irwin Allen's LOST IN SPACE television series.  It was called THE ROBINSONS: LOST IN SPACE.

The new series was not picked up, the pilot helmed by Woo never aired, and the producers of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reimagining eventually bought sets from this LIS pilot for use on their own show (notably for the Battlestar Pegasus, if memory serves).

Copies of this unaired pilot have been making their way through the underground circuit for years - although they were never particularly easy to come by.  But now...some industrious and loveable Geek has slapped the whole thing onto YouTube - spread across five parts and presented in rational/aiight video quality - that are linked below (embedding was disabled on these files, otherwise I would post them here).  

Looks like these files have actually been on YouTube for some time, but judging by their view counts...and by the amount of e-mail I still receive asking where this pilot could be found...I'm guessing not too many people have noticed they were there.  

As such, we thought this might be of interest to y'all.  Enjoy!

 

Click the links below...

 

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  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    first

    by Wildbill825

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I wanna bone Lacey Chabert.

    by Mike_D

    that is all.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    .......... my god

    by ORIONgods

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Lacey Chabert

    by Cap'n Jack

    was way hotter in Lost in Space than she is now.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Wasn't horrible...

    by Red43jes

    I think it coulda gotten much better, had it gone to series. I liked how they set up an alien race to be the baddies.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Neat find! Not half bad, actually.

    by VanGoghX

    Not much worse than the movie.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Unwatchable.

    by Addendum

    I got through the the first minute of the third video and had to stop. Can't do it.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Because of Heather Graham, I thought that movie was good for a while

    by MattmanReturns

    Turns out, I was just staring at her the entire movie and zoning out everything else. Took me a little while to realize it was complete shit.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Adrienne Palicki is yummy

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    the rest of that pilot is shit. of course, Lost in Space is shit in every incarnation so far. and all of John Woo's american projects have been shit, too. so none of this is any surprise.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Woo, has anyone seen Red Cliff?

    by MattmanReturns

    I tried to watch the american version of that last night on Netflix and turned it off in disgust due to the horrible trailer-voice narration. I heard it was chopped down from a two parter. Is that worth seeing?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    DANGER!

    by Shannon Nutt

    My god, and I thought the MOVIE was bad. I can see why no network wanted to touch that baby. Looks like something the SyFy Channel would greenlight!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    TIME TUNNEL Remake

    by film11

    You can also watch the pilot for the TIME TUNNEL remake on YouTube (also in 5 parts). They made Tony a woman in this one!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    was okay. Wish the quality of the video wasn't so poor.

    by Chain

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Should have been directed by Stephen Hawking

    by kafka07

    that was their mistake.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Think i just lost the will to live.

    by damned-dirty-ape

    I know he was young but Jesus, the kid playing Will was terrible.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    @mattmanreturns

    by Bvc79

    Dude, do yourself a favor and get the international version. It's amazing.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    THE KID PLAYING WILL ROBINSON WAS STILL 1000X BETTER THAN JAKE LLOYD

    by Darth Busey

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Try, Try Again

    by WriteFromLeft

    The mistake was focusing on hoary science-fiction cliches--robots, rockets and ray guns--instead of fleshing out the characters. Any future attempt at re-imagining the series might take a cue from "Little House on the Prairie," a show that tossed out Western cliches like gunfights and horse chases and told stories about a family struggling to survive in the wilderness. Maroon the Robinsons on an alien planet (as in the first season of the classic show), write stories about Will and Penny (again, think "Little House on the Prairie"), toss in some "Twilight Zone"-like monsters and plot lines and you're good to go.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I love the Hopkins LIS movie but then again...

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    I love most of what New Line Cinema was doing in the mid-to-late '90s: AUSTIN POWERS, BOOGIE NIGHTS, 54, DETROIT ROCK CITY, PLEASANTVILLE, THIRTEEN DAYS etc. LORD OF THE RINGS killed them. Or maybe firing Mike DeLuca did. I never understood why Billy Mumy didn't play the older Will Robinson at the end of the movie. Its like they went out of the way to write him a juicy part and then...nada.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    If they try to remake this (again) in the near future...

    by Shermdawg

    John Lithgow as Dr.Smith please!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this has been on You Tube a long time...

    by Detached

    ... I watched it a couple of years ago. It was okay. I think the series could definitely be re-booted, but (among other things) the whole "dysfunctional family" story is more than a little old. One thing the original benefitted from was an excellent cast. Billy Mumy was one of the best child actors you'll ever see (he'll be practically impossible to replace), and dream on if you think you'll find many babes who can dream of being as gorgeous as Marta Kristen. Not saying it couldn't be done, but they shouldn't screw it up the way they messed up the movie (although I thought Joey & Lacey were good).

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    oh, and forgot to mention...

    by Detached

    ... I didn't know there was Time Tunnel pilot on the Web. Thanks! Have to check that out. I knew there was talk of a remake... That could be fun too, if done right (always a big "if")...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    @yaoh- Bill Mumy-

    by simpledao4

    I've heard conflicting reports from that Bill didn't read his lines right to another story that the director felt that the audience would be too focused on him as 'Bill Mumy' instead of the character. So hard to say-

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Yikes.

    by Snookeroo

    What complete shit. This should be called "Lost In Cliche". It's ironic that the primary set from this turd was used in the revamped (and unbelievably well-done) Battlestar Galactica miniseries. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Not terrible, but....

    by thot

    ....what the hell is up with the "robot"? Is he a head in a box? Big fail there. Robot was one of the coolest things about the original series. The movie version was ok. It had its issues. Would like to see someone really do it justice. It's a great concept.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Same VFX company as BSG mini too...

    by Pixelsmack

    Although only a handful of the BSG VFX peeps actually touched this. Mainly all new folk on this one.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Whatever happend to the LiS sequel?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    the first film was a pretty big hit and I can rmember an interview with matt leblanc stating that the sequel was going to happen by 2001. Did new line just back out or what the hell happend?

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Babylon Fields!

    by roguechef664

    I watched that on on Google Video. That was good, these look terrible (John Woo or no John Woo). Whatever happened to Reeves-Stevens "Alive" with Gary Graham? Would have beat The Walking Dead to TV by like 12-18 months. Global Frequency looked better than these.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Pilots

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    Where do they go? I'd think networks could make some money putting them out on DVDs or iTunes. Folks would want to see them, especially if they star someone who makes it big later on.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Pilots on DVD

    by film11

    Occasionally, a pilot will end up on a DVD. For example, the AQUAMAN pilot (with Smallville's Justin Hartley) appeared on one of the DCU animated film discs. (Can't remember which one...maybe CRISIS?)

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    The Time Tunnel Pilot is Much Better

    by WriteFromLeft

    With some tweaking, this could have gone to series.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    So she's Wonder Woman...

    by Mickster_Island

    ...the SAME day this link to an 8 year old never-aired TV pilot is posted...that's at least a little suspicious.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    RED DWARF and IT CROWD

    by voxmortis

    US Pilots are also out there... I presume these days most people can use Google.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    By The Way...

    by MakNeil

    Any information on who directed the Time Tunnel pilot, as well as when? I like to have as much complete information as I can. I was also thinking that the opening theme for Torchwood was wasted on that series and would have been a perfect opening for Time Tunnel.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    'Blackjack' starring Dolph Lundgren as an assassin afraid of milk.

    by blackflowerX

    Hilarious.

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Reboot it!

    by rahtard

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    @mickster_island: That is odd, isn't it? Synchronicity, perhaps!

    by VanGoghX

    Wonder if Wonder Woman will get rid of that woefully wonderful mole on her face. Was probably the most distracting thing in the "Lost in Space" pilot.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    It's on the DVD...

    by JohnIan

    One of special features on Volume 2 of "The Time Tunnel" is that unaired 2002 pilot. Plus it has the Irwin Allen TV pilot for "Time Travelers" (March 19th, 1976). It reused props from 'Tunnel'.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Sorry.

    by JohnIan

    Should've added this to my above post. YES. I agree Rahtard. Reboot 'Tunnel', but set in 1968 like the original. That would be nice. One of my favorite episodes was where Merlin needed Doug and Tony to help him maintain history. The guy looks about Tic Toc's control room and shake his head. All this massive machinery needed to travel through time, he did it with some conjuring. I think it called it 'Toys'. As a side note, the original was set in the then future. The series aired in 1966.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    i loved the original as a kid

    by john

    then my brain matured and i watched it on nick reruns irwin allen was a frackin genius he threw the entire budget into the pilot...which got the show sold to the network then....he spent nothing on the series...choosing to use stock footage for crowd scenes and cheezy sets for everything else i wanna be a kid again, so i can go back to enjoying shitty shows and movies

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    oh goody

    by Smack_Teddy

    fond memories...of getting to watch about 3 episodes total with my 'tv time credit allowance' as a kid

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    'The Robinsons'...

    by Genre_Boy

    Is pretty lame. The standing-around -talking:Interesting-things-happening ratio is way off. It's a John Woo with little action for the first 30 minutes. Zoic's SFX do most of the heavy lifting.</p> <p>Apparently, this LIS pilot also had Bear McCreary doing music, b/c I hear several cue that were also recycled for BSG.</p>

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Interesting ...

    by Number_Six

    Thanks for this Merrick, made interesting viewing. I found the first couple of parts hard going, but it did pick up once they got into space. Whilst one can expect a degree of dysfunction and resentment in a military family I don't believe they even appeared to be related, or know each other well (fine with the dad, but not with the siblings), and no one really seemed to give much of a shit when it appeared big bro' may have been killed or at least wasn't with them. Interesting to compare this BSG released the following year, which was of a much higher standard, you can see why this wasn't picked up. Like the BSG-esque music at the start of one of the part though ;) For me they needed to give more of a nod to the original series, especially for a pilot, you get one chance to 'do it all' ... so it was a shame they dropped Smith, as he was integral to the original show, and I feel the robot looked pish and was underused. Other elements were OK, I liked the parents, thought the sets and visual effects looked good - although it was interesting to see they hadn't full completed post production on this, as you say the wires holding the young lad up in the scene where they're nearly sucked into space. Good fun. By the end of it I did wonder what happened next, and reckon I'd have watched the next episode had it been made ... I tend to feel that it might have run out of steam quite quickly though, once the novelty wore off.

  • Jesus, this is fucking OLD news! What's wrong with Ain't it Cool?!!! The pilot has been available for veiwing for years!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Speaking of LIS, I want to meet the guy who thought

    by Itchy

    putting a teenage Lacey Chabert in skintight black bondage wear and having her bounce around for a whole movie and give him some kind of award. On behalf of humanity, thank you sir.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST

    New Time Tunnel was aired

    by The StarWolf

    I recall making the mistake of sitting through it some years back. Painful. As for the Lost in Space remake, they needed to remember that Dr. Smith wasn't in the original pilot. The studio had Allen add the character and robot in, he then took took what had been the Smith-less pilot and expanded it to run for four episodes. This is why he's absent from many extended scenes early on. It was a better series without him.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Return to form

    by the_one_that_says_BADMUTHAFUCKER

    While the Theatrical Cut is shit, I thought the uncut, two part version was a very good film. I'd written Woo off along time ago, but felt with the uncut version of Red Cliff, he redeemed himself. Well worth checking out.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by the_one_that_says_BADMUTHAFUCKER

    my previous post was for u...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman

    by NoLightsNoShow

    Just watched this last night, and today she's cast as Wonder Woman. Is Merrick secretly this girls agent?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    this.

    by Michael Davidson

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    The New Time Tunnel Was Great!!! The New Lost In Space...

    by Media Messiah

    ...suffered from some bad scripting, bad directing, and was slow to start, but it could have been fixed--however, the casting was bad, and the changing of Penny to being a baby, and the addition of a brother, was wholly unnecessary--and where was Dr. smith? I hope they weren't thinking about making the new brother Smith? Anyway, the new Time Tunnel should have been given a series greenlight, as it kicked major ass. That was some great writing, direction, and scripting!!!! Wow, what a great discovery!!! It would make a great pairing with Fringe.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    How many times do you have to be told? PICK UP THE PACE

    by kabong

    Anything slow and/or boring: cut it out. Move! Move! Move!