The WB orders pilots. Some are from Warner Brothers -- some are from other
studios and companies. Some get picked up for series. Some don't.
In the case of LIS, once Doug Petrie left the project, LIS had no "show runner." In other words, a very expensive car with no driver.
Although there were some fixable problems evident in casting and story, there is/was no one to really fix them with an eye toward a weekly series.
The WB has not officially "passed" on LIS. They would still like 20th Century Fox Television, Regency Television and Synthesis to find a show
runner that they will approve of. It's a difficult task, however.
As far as ownership is concerned, the WB does not "own" the pilot. 20th does. The WB paid what is called a license fee to have the pilot produced and they have an option to pick up the series.
The WB comissioned a pilot from 20th Century Fox TV (with whom Jon, Sheila and Kevin made a deal three years ago). If the WB does not pick up the pilot, Synthesis/Space Productions are free to shop it elsewhere.
Synthesis and Space Productions will be free to shop the property (but not the John Woo pilot, which could end up on DVD at that point) to other studios and networks.
In any event, LIS is -- and always will be -- the property of Space Productions.
Set in the year 2097 and follow the adventures of the Robinson family. In the original series, the robinson family, along with the Robot, set out on a five year mission to explore a distant planet, only to find themselves lost in space, after their spacecraft is sabotaged by scientist Dr. Smith, who winds up going along for the ride. Ths time around, the family dynamics are changed around a bit, giving the Robinson family new challenges. Directed by John Woo, the budget for this pilot was 2 million.
This region-free DVD-R is in NTSC format and will play on most PS2 systems and DVD Players made since 2000, and comes in a FULL SIZE DVD case, with cover art and track listing.
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