Indie-film veteran goes big-budget with Netflix sci-fi reboot
Q: Having not done science fiction before, are you ready for the way the genre’s devotees are guaranteed to embrace you with “Lost in Space”?
A: I have no idea! I don’t know anything about that world, to be completely honest. It’s all new to me. I’ve never been to Comic-Con, any of that, so it’s exciting.
What’s really fun is that I have an 11-year-old son (named Will, like the son of Parker’s Maureen Robinson), and he’s so excited about this show. Finally, I’ve done something that he and his friends will get to watch and enjoy – and he knows all about that world. It’s an education, and I have a great helper.
Q: With Dr. Smith a woman in the new “Lost in Space,” as played by Parker Posey, what’s your take on the dynamic between the two of you?
A: Oh, it’s so wonderful. Parker and are the same age, we came up at the same time, we both did a lot of independent film … and I think we had dinner 25 years ago and hadn’t seen each other since.
I think she is such brilliant casting in that part, because she has great comic ability and also is a great dramatic actress. She’s interesting, and she brings a sense of fun to it. I know Parker grew up watching the (original) show and loved it, so she was thrilled to be there. We just had such a good time.
Q: Having done such other series as “Deadwood” and “House of Cards,” how would you describe your relationship with television?
A: I did small, independent films for 10 or 12 years, 35 or 40 movies that no one really saw. Or maybe 15 people. And then the business really changed. It was the beginning of television in North America becoming character-driven in a way it had been in the U.K. for a long time.
Suddenly, the really good roles for women were in television, and a lot of the filmmakers I knew started to work in television. And there was this opportunity, which has only gotten greater, to make projects that didn’t have to appeal to everyone.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.