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'Little House on the Prairie' Movie Adaptation Coming

With director David Gordon Green

By Corwin Neuse Oct 1, 2012 7:04PM
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is currently locked in negotiations to turn "Little House on the Prairie" into a feature film. Which they presumably hope to turn into a franchise, because why not? The film—based upon Laura Ingalls Wilder's semi-autobiographical children's series about frontier life in the wild, wild west—would be directed by "Pineapple Express's" David Gordon Green, suggesting that it may be filled with anachronistic pot humor and James Franco cameos. Or, you know, not.

The books have previously been adapted into a long-running TV series (1974-1983) that starred Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert. No word as yet as to whether Gilbert might be co-erced into contributing a winking "guest appearance" to the forthcoming movie. Landon is presumably out, however, as he's been dead since 1991.

What do you think, Hitlisters? Is Green an intriguing choice as director? What sort of tone do you think the adaptation could take? Whom should Sony be looking for to star? As always, let us know in the comments, or tell us on MSN Movies Facebook and MSN Movies Twitter.
27Comments
Oct 2, 2012 3:47PM
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You know, the Michael Landon comment really wasn't necessary. In fact, your an **** for making it...Just leave it alone...you cant make "Perfect" More Perfect....It is what it is, leave it alone...
Oct 2, 2012 4:12PM
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This was THE tackiest article I have ever read! Did they really have to put in the Michael Landon comment? I've been a Little House fan since I was a kid. NO REMAKE, PLEASE!!!
Oct 2, 2012 3:17PM
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Landon is out because he's dead, well are you tactful.  DA   It won't be the same if Melssa Gilbert is in the movie.

That's the problems with redo's. How can you make a movie about people that lived 100 years ago and keep it simple?

They'll screw it up with sex, violence and foul language.

Oct 2, 2012 3:59PM
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NO, No, A thousand times, NO. Stop remaking stuff you can't possibly make better. Get some fresh ideas, that's what you're paid for!!! Not one remake in the last 5 or 6 years has been  worth watching more than 5 minutes out of morbid curiosity....What's next Green Acres, or Petticoat Junction.... 
Oct 2, 2012 4:10PM
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I wish there were more shows like little house as it gets harder and harder to watch something on TV or the movies without sex, drugs, foul language...and on and on.....
Not sure another remake would work. Can't someone think of a good western-crossing the plains-cowboy type movie thats CLEAN!!?? SIGH

Oct 2, 2012 2:45PM
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Why do they keep throwing dollars at things that have been done before? Is there a talented film maker on the planet with something new? 20 Superman movies, 15 batman movies, now Little House? I haven't spent any money at a theater in 10 years looks like another decade coming that I won't be going.
Oct 2, 2012 3:12PM
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You know, this would be a GREAT idea if they could stay true to her life.  As much as I love the show, they really strayed from what her actual life was like.  After reading her books and visiting both Walnut Grove and DeSmet, it would be nice to see it portrayed on-screen as it actually happened.  Of course even she, in her books, strayed a bit from the FACTS, but I think that was mostly to protect some people. 

If the film ever comes to fruition, I look forward to seeing it. 

Oct 2, 2012 3:32PM
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For the love of God, do NOT remake this movie. Remakes of this series in movie form have frankly sucked. Maybe if they jump from crossing the frontier to the far less tried portrayal of Laura and Almonzo's start together, it could maybe work, but beyond that, leave it alone!!!

Oct 2, 2012 3:32PM
Oct 2, 2012 5:43PM
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Obviously, this columnist has NO respect for the dearly departed!! NO ONE can compare to the late Michael Landon! IF there is to be a remake of the series as a film, Green would not be my choice of directors...not even close and way out of his previous league of directing. Now, if you had Landon's son directing...then you will have a GREAT film!! Like father, like son!

 

Oct 2, 2012 5:08PM
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I sincerely hope that if the movie is made that it's not overly commercialized, tasteless, and stupid like the majority of remakes are. Little House on the Prarie is a true classic, honestly a rare gem compared to other telivision shows. Considering the obvious lack of class, morality, integrity, and dignity that a good majority of current movies lack, it's hard to imagine anything coming close to the magic that was captured by the tv series.

Oct 2, 2012 3:44PM
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Please stick to the real story this time.  A good remake would be great.  The real Laura was not a cardboard cutout.  Her life was full of tragedy and heartache, and happiness too.  And could we not make Carrie so stupid this time?  And skip the mousse, gel, and hairspray for Pa!
Oct 2, 2012 6:10PM
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That comment about Michael Landon was ignorant, crass and incredibly insensitive.  Show some respect.  
Oct 2, 2012 4:49PM
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Great idea!  They can hire Tim Burton to direct and ruin another great small screen series on the big screen.   That's a hint Sony, Don't hire Burton to direct it.  Give it the Director it deserves.  Someone who will make it the Great feature film it can be.  Peter Jackson, perhaps.
Oct 2, 2012 3:34PM
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I am not hopefull that it will work as this director will see the story.  Right now the original TV series would never get a green light.  Sadly.  Now Michael Landon, Jr. has produced a few projects from the era,  being on set when his dad was producing gave him a feel for the time and place.

Oct 2, 2012 6:19PM
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totally tacky comment about michael landon. i loved the series when i was a kid and STILL watch it from time to time now. why make it into a movie? i seriously doubt anyone  could capture her life the way it really was in an hour and 45 minutes and since i've seen nothin but sh@# movies come out that're filled with sex and violence i do not think it should be done
Oct 2, 2012 2:55PM
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Whose gonna play Ma Ingalls, Lady Gag Me, LOL....
Oct 2, 2012 5:24PM
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They could base it on the actual books and fans of the series would never recognize it. That's what I would like!!!!! I loved the books but hated the series.
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