Will Ferrell's 'Lost' Finds Start Date
Brad Silberling will direct starting in March
According to new trade paper reports, Universal has set a March production start date for "Land of the Lost," which will be directed by "Casper the Friendly Ghost" auteur Brad Silberling.
Universal has set a $100 million budget for the film, based on the 1974-1978 NBC series from Sid and Marty Krofft.
As Saturday morning television fans will remember, "Land of the Lost" focused Rick, a park ranger, and his children, Will and Holly, who were on a rafting trip when they slipped into a time vortex and ended up back in the time of dinosaurs or in an alternate universe of dinosaurs. There, they encountered the evil Sleestaks and other time-bending hilarity.
The trades are suggesting, though, that Will and Holly are not part of the new script by Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas. The new plot involves a disgraced paleontologist, his assistant and a macho tour guide. The reptilian Sleestaks remain.
The "Land of the Lost" feature was announced shortly before Ferrell's last stab at a TV-to-movies adaptation, 2005's "Bewitched," disappointed at the box office. Since then, Ferrell has had his biggest successes lampooning sports movies with "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "Blades of Glory." His next film, "Semi-Pro," stays in the same vein, looking at the waning days of the American Basketball Association.