Land of the Lost movie moving forward

By Tim Surette

Oct 10, 2007

The sleestaks are headed to the big screen!

The long-in-development Land of the Lost has finally been given the go-ahead for production by Universal, reports Variety. Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) will direct the adaptation, and funnyman Will Ferrell will star in the $100-million-budget movie.

Land of the Lost is based on the 1970s children's morning show of the same name, but unlike the television program, it will be intentionally funny. The show was created by the seemingly acid-dropping Sid and Marty Krofft, who also produced the totally far-out shows The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and H.R. Pufnstuf.

In Land of the Lost, an adventurer and his two children become trapped in an alien world inhabited by dinosaurs, cavemen known as pakuni, and evil reptilian humanoids known as the sleestaks. Land of the Lost ran for three season from 1974 to 1976.

No word on who will play Cha-Ka.

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  • zzbeach Dec 04, 2007

    This is the worst news. Land of the Lost could have been re made like Battlestar Galactica. To make it into a loser comedy with Will "most of my movies suck" Ferrell is just insane. The suits in Hollywood must be crazy.

  • rjfarrow Oct 16, 2007

    Note to linkthehero82: You said that he played Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly who was named for the three main characters on Land of the Lost, "Marshall, Will and Holly".

    Marshall was their last name. It was Rick, Will and Holly.

    That being said, I'm not sure I'm gonna pay good money to see this. It would be alot better if made into a good sci-fi adventure.

  • LAURAMARIE63 Oct 16, 2007

    Too much! I will sit down and watch this.

  • oprlvr Oct 15, 2007

    I was quite fond of LOL as a kid, and I remember having my first girl crush on brother Will. Holly had the golden "brady girl" braids to die for. But Ferrell making a box office film based on it? Lets get real. First off, MOST of previous tv-to-film movies have bombed (FLINTSTONES, LITTLE RASCALS, RICHIE RICH, BEVERLY HILLBILLIES). And just because Ferrell has finally made a successful name for himself in Hollywood land, he honestly thinks his LOL is going to be a money maker??



    Second - tv to film ideas never do well because the films are only "based on" the original tv series, which always ends in a writing/producing disaster. Duh. Look what happened with DUKES OF HAZZARD (not to mention poor casting).



    While I have admired and respected Farrells work so far, this LOL idea is a bust.



    PEANUT

  • malawi69 Oct 14, 2007

    I'm not a fan of sit-coms or comedys, but if Will Ferrell's in it, you can bet I'll see it

  • PuR Oct 13, 2007

    Better to do something els than spending money in this show.

  • redthor Oct 13, 2007

    Hate the show when I way a kid. It was so corney. Now a new generation can get sick.

  • billmaxwell3 Oct 13, 2007

    Please if there is any justice don't play it for laughs and make it campy. It has the potential to be a good scifi along the lines of a Jurassic Park if done properly. Will Ferrell? You can not be serious - big mistake even before the start of production.

  • SoylentYellow Oct 12, 2007

    The original was cheesy and fun (at least when I was a kid). Im probably not going to see this movie until its on free TV. Like so many attempts to take an old series and make a movie out of it, odds are it will end up backfiring and be awful. What will the opening song in the movie be? CHAKA KHAN's "I Feel For You"?

  • prudoff Oct 12, 2007

    The author seems to forget that there was also a Land Of The Lost revival series Saturday mornings on ABC back in the early 1990s. It starred Timothy Bottoms as the dad. I used to watch the show back when Saturday morning tv, especially on ABC, was good. I still remember parts of the theme song.

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