Uncharted Territory and Bavaria Fiction are charting a course to the celebrities with “Orion,” a relaunch of the traditional German science fiction sequence “Raumpatrouille — Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion” (“Space Patrol — The Improbable Adventures of the Spaceship Orion”).
The long-lasting black and white present, which turned identified merely as “Raumpatrouille Orion,” had a quick seven-episode run on West Germany’s ARD in 1966 however went on to develop into a beloved cult favourite through the years by way of reruns.
The unique sequence, which was likewise produced by Bavaria Movie, centered on Commander Cliff Allister McLane (Dietmar Schönherr) and the various crew of the area cruiser Orion as they defend a united Earth in a battle in opposition to an alien race often called the Frogs.
The brand new model, based mostly on an idea by Uncharted Territory’s Volker Engel and Gesa Engel, continues the story established within the authentic sequence however with a brand new era of characters. It retains most of the iconic options of the Nineteen Sixties model, together with the groovy undersea dance membership often called the Starlight On line casino, but in addition addresses present environmental points.
“Orion” presents a world ravaged by local weather change wherein the brand new recruits of the aged area cruiser Orion — amongst them the feminine fighter pilot from a refugee household and the grandson of the now legendary former Commander McLane — should band collectively throughout coaching as they all of the sudden develop into targets in a ruthless battle over sources from distant planets.
“We’ll take the subject of raised water ranges from the unique sequence a step additional and present the precise influence of local weather change,” mentioned Uncharted Territory’s Volker Engel. “In our tales we plan to advertise the truth that sooner or later environmental safety isn’t just a query of politics, however the one means to ensure the survival of mankind. We’d wish to assume it’s known as science-fiction for a purpose.”
Uncharted Territory has secured the skills of famend manufacturing designer Oliver Scholl for the present’s visible improvement. Self-proclaimed followers of the unique sequence, Scholl and Engel have collaborated on a number of high-profile tasks, together with Roland Emmerich’s 1996 “Independence Day,” for which Engel received the visible results Oscar. Scholl’s different credit embody “Fringe of Tomorrow,” “Suicide Squad,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Venom” and the upcoming “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”
Engel and Uncharted Territory’s co-CEOs Gesa Engel and Lucia Scharbatke will produce alongside with Bavaria Fiction’s Nina Maag.
“It’s the proper time for a reboot, and for us and Nina it was evident from the get-go that we’d steer clear from a persiflage or a comedic method — as a result of one truth has at all times been extraordinarily essential to us: the creators of the unique took it very severely and embedded it into Europe’s political and social local weather of the ’60s,” Engel mentioned. “The combo of suspense, relevance and escapism, informed by way of characters we really feel emotionally linked with, is without doubt one of the major elements of how we method the sequence — and it is usually the important thing to good science fiction.”
Whereas it could sound like a German model of “Star Trek,” “Orion” truly premiered on German tv just some days after the U.S. sequence debuted on NBC in September 1966.
Like “Trek,” “Orion” additionally boasted an inspiring opening narration that included the traces: “There are not any extra nations. There’s solely mankind and its colonies in area. Individuals have settled on faraway stars. The ocean flooring has been made liveable. At speeds nonetheless unimaginable in the present day, area vessels soar by way of our Milky Means. Considered one of these vessels is the Orion, a minuscule a part of a huge safety system defending Earth from the threats of outer area.”
“Orion” is one among quite a few movie and TV tasks Uncharted Territory has in improvement. The Nuremberg-based firm can also be partnering with Rise Footage and L.A.-based Robyn Klein and Jeremy Ross on a 3D-animated adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s fantasy-adventure “Igraine the Courageous.”