Little House on the Prairie, the television pioneer drama starring Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon, is reportedly about to receive the big screen treatment, according to Cinema Blend. The series, which chronicled the adventures of the Ingalls’ family, is rumored to headed to a theater near you in the not-too-distant future. David Gordon Green, the man behind The Sitter and Pineapple Express, is slated to helm the project for Sony Pictures.
Although the director of an outlandish marijuana comedy sounds like an odd choice to direct the Little House on the Prairie movie, executives over at Sony seem to think he’s the right man for the job. Deadline reports that Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan will handle scripting duties on the adapatation, while Scott Rudin will produce the flick alongside Trip Family. Presently, it’s unknown when the movie will find its way into cinemas.
Based on the book series by author Laura Ingalls-Wilder, Little House on the Prairie followed the pioneering adventures of Charles and Caroline Ingalls and their three young daughters, Mary, Laura, and Carrie. The popular television program ran from September of 1974 until March of 1983, enjoying 203 regular episodes across nine seasons.
David Gordon Green, who began his career with such acclaimed dramas as George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Undertow, has moved into much sillier territory as of late. In addition to delivering the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy Pineapple Express, Green famously directed the Natalie Portman fantasy spoof Your Highness and the Jonah Hill box office flop The Sitter. More recently, he helmed a number of episodes for the HBO series Eastbound & Down.
Before Little House on the Prairie can get off the ground, David Gordon Green will have to finish work on his upcoming remake of the acclaimed Dario Argento horror movie Suspiria. Once he’s completed this particular project, Green will move on to the Nicolas Cage drama Joe.
Are you excited about the possibility of a Little House on the Prairie movie, or should Hollywood just leave well enough alone?