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First Look: Land of the Lost's Evil Sleestaks

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April 29, 2008
Source: USA Today

First Look: Land of the Lost's Evil Sleestaks

Although I wasn't actually a child of the 70's nor did I watch the TV show, I'm beginning to become more and more fascinated with Land of the Lost. I'm probably more excited to see Will Ferrell and Danny R. McBride star together in the big screen remake than I am to see Step Brothers (or any other Will Ferrell movie) this summer. Our friends at USA Today have debuted our very first look at the evil lizard-like creatures called Sleestaks. As much as I'd love to say these come straight out of The X-Files: I Want to Believe, in reality, they're men-in-suit costumes that are meant to look hilarious, and hilarious they are (at least I think)! Don't these guys make you want to laugh?

In Land of the Lost, Park Ranger Rick Marshall (Ferrell) and two others mysteriously end up in a realm ruled by dinosaurs, monkey-men called Pakuni and the murderous Sleestak. They eventually find their way to a temple where they hope a giant crystal will return them to their own dimension, which is where the Sleestak first appear. Don't worry - this is definitely still a comedy and even director Brad Silberling (of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) knows that.

Land of the Lost's Sleestaks

Silberling chose not to go with a newly rendered CGI look for the Sleestaks because he preferred the guy-in-suit human-like look for the sake of comedy. "There is a sense of humor that I loved from the original show that can only come from an actor trying to negotiate the suit. If it became CG, they'd be too perfect. For the Sleestak to remain in people's memories, it tells you that it was about who was in the suit." One unfortunate update - instead of using crossbows (damn that sounds awesome), the Sleestaks will fire quills from their spines.

Land of the Lost is currently shooting now for a July 17th, 2009 release next summer. I'm crossing my fingers and still hoping this isn't too cheesy of a family comedy, but I'm expecting it won't be. I want pure 70's fantasy humor more than anything I really hope that's what we're going to get. "Saturday Night Live" writer Dennis McNicholas and "Entourage" writer Chris Henchy penned the script for this remake and Brad Silberling (Casper, Lemony Snicket, 10 Items or Less) is directing.

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  • The Sleestack were my favorite thing about the show. It's nice to see a movie that's not relying on CG to ruin-destroy-eff up a memorable creature.
  • Jedi
    I am a child of the '70s, and I loved the original show. I was really excited to hear that they were making a big-screen version, only to become fairly skeptical once I heard that it was being made into a comedy. I'm really hoping that they try to keep it somewhat true to the original story with some comedy aspects. If it goes the way of Starsky & Hutch, or the Brady Bunch movies, and spends more time making fun of itself than concentrating on being a decently inspired movie, I'll be sadly disappointed. I do agree, that it's nice to see the Sleestacks being kept true to their original appearance. Hopefully that's a good indication of how they'll handle the rest of the film.
  • Looks like this is heading in the right direction.
  • silver
    I never saw the series and i was skeptical about this but these guys look great! i think i'll keep my eye on this one :)
  • Brad
    No movie is heading in the right direction when it has Will Ferrell in it.
  • Djorschach
    Ahh... Slee-stacks... these guys haunt my nightmares, only to have me wake up laughing my ass off!
  • 70's child
    I was excited until I found out Will Ferrell would be in it. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! HUGE!
  • 19-K
    Yay! Sleestacks! BTW, I think the Song "Land Of The Lost" by Dr. Steel would be a great addition to the Movie's Soundtrack! 😀
  • If you're interested in Land of the Lost, you might want to visit my fan site with coverage of both versions of the TV series and the latest news on the upcoming movie. http://personal.linkline.com/enik1138/

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