In Elf, Will Ferrell interacted with Rankin and Bass-style animation and now it seems the in-demand comic actor will be taking on another iconic stop-motion television favorite. According to the Hollywood trade publications, Ferrell is set to star in Universal’s big-screen adaptation of Sid and Marty Krofft’s cult 1970s series, Land of the Lost.
Sid and Marty Krofft will serve as producers on the feature update of Land, which was part of their Krofft Superstars kids programming lineup. Former Saturday Night Live contributor Adam McKay, who directed Ferrell in the hit comedy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, will direct from a script by Chris Henchy (TV’s Entourage) and Dennis McNicholas (Saturday Night Live). Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Julie Wixon-Darmody will produce along with the Kroffts.
The original Land of the Lost series centered on a forest ranger and his two children as they struggle to survive in a prehistoric world after their river raft gets sucked into time warp. According to the trade, the kids will be cut out of the film’s storyline.
Despite the absence of some returning characters, the film is sure to offer plenty of dinosaurs. There is no word yet on how the terrible lizards will be animated, but stop-motion is a likely choice, especially if the producers plan to tap into the kitch value of the original series. Since there are few studios still doing stop—motion, it’s possible that the work could go to the Chiodo Bros., who animated the dinosaurs in the 1991 TV revival of Land of the Lost and provided the aforementioned stop-mo for Elf.
Ferrell will be seen next in Universal’s soccer dad comedy, Kicking and Screaming, set to hit theaters May 13. He also stars in Columbia’s upcoming Bewitched and is filming an adaptation of Mel Brooks’ hit Broadway musical, The Producers, which had its beginnings in film.
The first two seasons of the classic Land of the Lost series are available on DVD and the third season arrives at retail tomorrow, April 26. The show features stop-motion work by Gene Warren Sr. (Jack the Giant Killer, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm), Wah Chang (Dinosaurus!, The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao) and Pete Kleinow (Army of Darkness, Robocop 2).