'Marty Marcy May Marlene' Director Finds 'Little House on the Prairie'
In the endless barrage of television shows heading to the big screen (there are just as many movies turning into TV shows too), here's another one to throw on the pile. THR has word that breakout Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is heading to Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of the classic, wholesome, family drama series Little House on the Prairie. Easily one of the most iconic TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s, the series followed the lives of the pioneer Ingalls family in American Midwest during the 1880s. It's definitely different material than Durkin's aforementioned acclaimed indie effort.
Previously, David Gordon Green was attached to direct, which would have been even weirder. However, looking at Green's indie efforts and the hiring of Durkin, it makes me wonder if Sony is looking for a sort of indie-style approach to this family drama so as not to be too cheesy. But since this is a studio project, and adapting such an iconic title, it will still probably be pretty mainstream. The script comes from Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady), and is being produced by Scott Rudin. The casting will what really gets audiences interested beyond the nostalgia factor, so stay tuned for updates as the project develops.