I’m so excited.
There are a few iconic shows from my youth where I look back and sigh with nostalgia and say “Now that was a show!” One of them was Land of the Lost. I dreamt myself as Holly, struggling to survive in a prehistoric wilderness, riding around on on a baby dinosaur (Junior?) and hanging out with my friend Cha-ka. At five or six or however old I was when Land of the Lost was my idea of television perfection, I was unbothered by lousy special effects or rubbery Sleestaks. The tell-tale asthmatic wheeze of a Sleestak was enough to guarantee me a nightmare that night, but I kept going back for more.
And so—although I typically sneer at the whole “let’s turn an old TV show into a movie” thing—I am thrilled to find out that Land of the Lost is being made into a movie… even if it is being turned into a comedy:
Universal is pushing the button on “Land of the Lost” for a March start.
Decision to greenlight the Will Ferrell project surprised observers, who are aware that U had a rough ride with its $160 million comedy “Evan Almighty.” Studio sources suggest the budget of “Land of the Lost,” described as an event comedy, was recalibrated from $125 million to $100 million in order to earn its start date.
Brad Silberling will helm the bigscreen adaptation of Sid & Marty Krofft’s children’s skein of the same name. Jimmy Miller is producing along with the Kroffts; Julie Wixson-Darmody and Daniel Lupi exec produce.
I can see how “event comedy” would make sense, I guess. But… what’s this? No Will and Holly?
Adaptation by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas revolves around a disgraced paleontologist, his assistant and a macho tour guide who find themselves in a strange world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey people and reptilian Sleestaks.
Hmmmm. The purist in me says no, but the Will Ferrell fan in me says yes. Mixing Sleestaks and macho sounds like comedy gold, frankly. I’ll have to wait for the buzz once the project nears completion to find out if it’s worth seeing in the theater, of course, but I can nearly guarantee I’ll rent this one at the very least.