'Green Acres' is the Place to Be with a Feature Film in Development
Though lately there haven't been as many revivals of 60s TV series on the big screen lately as there were years ago, Lost in Space, The Fugitive, Get Smart and Bewitched all hail from that decade, and coming up we've got new versions of Gilligan's Island and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the works. Now another show from the 60s will hit the big screen as Deadline reports the CBS sitcom Green Acres has just been picked up by director Richard L. Bare for a feature film adaptation. Bare is one of the original directors of the TV series, and he's teaming up with Phillip Goldfine and his Hollywood Media Bridge to make it happen.
The two producers are looking for a writer and director though, so the project is just in the nascent stages of development. You may know the Green Acres theme song better than the actual series, so check it out here:
For those who aren't familiar with the show, it followed a New York attorney (Eddie Albert) and his wife (Eva Gabor) as they try to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville. There was also a cast of colorful supporting characters like Eb Dawson the farmhand, a sleazy salseman named Mr. Haney and more. Now the last time a series like this headed to the big screen it was The Beverly Hillbillies, and that was a bit of a trainwreck. It seems rather hard to bring the charm of a classic series made in a different time to contemporary audiences without changing everything that made the original show great. Maybe someone like Bare, who has ties to the original series, can pull it off. Interested?