Skip to comments.Will Ferrell to star in 'Land of the Lost' film.
Posted on 04/23/2005 4:30:42 PM PDT by Drew68
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After playing an elf and an anchorman on the big screen, Will Ferrell is venturing into "Land of the Lost" for Universal.
The "Saturday Night Live" alumnus is attached to star in a "Land of the Lost" comedy feature based on the 1974-77 television series of the same name.
Universal acquired the feature rights from Sid and Marty Krofft, executive producers of the original NBC series, who will produce the feature for the studio. Jimmy Miller and Julie Wixson-Darmody also will produce via the Mosaic Media Group banner.
Adam McKay, a former "SNL" writer who directed Ferrell in "Anchorman," is attached to direct, with Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas signing on to adapt the screenplay.
The series revolved around forest ranger Rick Marshall and his children, Will and Holly, who are caught in a time vortex while rafting on the Colorado River and transported to a mysterious world populated by dinosaurs. The feature film will be an update of the series, which is due out on DVD this month.
Ferrell, currently onscreen in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," will next be seen in Universal's comedy "Kicking & Screaming" and will star opposite Nicole Kidman in this summer's "Bewitched." He is playing Franz Liebkind in the film version of Mel Brooks' Broadway hit "The Producers," to be released domestically by Universal on Dec. 21.
The Kroffts are behind such TV projects as "Lidsville, "The Bay City Rollers Show," "The Brady Bunch Hour," "Donny and Marie," "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters" and "H.R. Pufnstuf," which Universal also made into a feature film.
Henchy has written for numerous television series, including "Spin City" and "Entourage," and was the creator of the series "Battery Park" and "I'm With Her." McNicholas formerly was a head writer on "SNL" and is writing the feature film "The Party," with Jay Roach attached to direct.
McKay, who co-wrote "Anchorman" with Ferrell and did a rewrite on "Bewitched," is directing the action-comedy feature "Talladega Nights," which he will co-write with Ferrell.
I remember watching the show as a child. I *LIVED* for this show! I thought the special effects were State of the Art! I can still sing the theme song.
Who am I kidding? Yeah, I'll probably see it.
Well we know from Jay and Silent Bob that he can play all three main characters, should make the production cheaper.
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One of my favorite shows as a kid. You can order the entire series on DVD now.
I actually watched a couple of episodes on video a few years ago. The special effects weren't quite as state-of-the-art as I remember them.
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Thanks for the Ping, This was my favorite show when I was a little kid. 1st day of Kindergarden I remember I had the Land of the Lost Lunchbox
I watched a few episodes a few years ago while visiting the Museum of Television in NYC. It didn't quite hold up, but the Sleestaks were still scary.
funny, I'm a little older, watched every episode, I think, and thought it might be the nadir, not the zenith....
I've even watched it in syndicated reruns...what is it that keeps me watching?
Don't know if I'll see the film....it won't have that same ability to obsess me, I suspect....
Dear me - the folks who produced that show must have been wasted.
Of that I have no doubt. To be fresh out of film school and get a job working for Krofft productions on Saturday morning programming in the early 1970s. . .Well, one can still smell the bong-hits and taste the 'shrooms!
You got that right, I can't stand the man. I loved Land of the Lost when I was a kid also and would have liked to see this but I won't bother. I'll just be aggravated the whole time seeing that idiot.
Marshall, Will and Holly
On a routine expedition
Met the greatest earthquake ever known
High on the rapids It struck their tiny raft (insert screams here)
And plunged them down a thousand feet below
To the Land of the Lost
To the Land of the Lost
To the Land of the Lost
If you think they were wasted when they made "Land of the Lost", they're the same guys that did H. R. Pufnstuf. I watched the Bugaloos just to see Joy.
She was cute
But damm, She's 54 now
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