Fox 2000 Bringing Talking Horse Series 'Mister Ed' to the Big Screen
If films like Dr. Dolittle or Marmaduke just didn't deliver the kind of live-action talking animal fare you were hoping for, Fox 2000 is coming in with an old friend. THR has word that the company behind the forthcoming comedy The Big Year and David Friendly, the producer of Little Miss Sunshine, have picked up the rights to bring the classic comedy series Mister Ed to the big screen. As of now no writers or directors are attached yet, but it doesn't sound like there's much hope for the talking horse as the film is said to be a family franchise in the same vein as Alvin and the Chipmunks. Yep, this horse already has a bum leg.
Wikipedia aptly describes the CBS series, which aired from 1961 to 1966, as following Mister Ed, a palomino horse who could talk and his owner, an eccentric and enormously klutzy yet friendly architect named Wilbur Post (portrayed by Alan Young). Of course, Mister Ed would only talk to Wilbur and cause immense amounts of trouble for him. How a series like that lasted for five years seems like a feat in itself, but it was the 60's after all. A film adaptation sounds like the same kind of family fare that usually gets railed on by critics, but still draws in families when the weekend rolls around. Anyone interested?