In what is undoubtedly the second biggest ‘WTF’ news story of the week, wholesome 70s family-drama Little House on the Prairie is going to get a Hollywood adaptation. That’s not the crazy part though (although it is slightly crazy), as the movie will be directed by David Gordon Greenthe guy who gave us the very un-wholesome Pineapple Express and foul-mouthed Eastbound & Down.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is in negotiations to adapt the TV show, with Green their number one choice to helm the project. It’s also reported that Shame and The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan is writing the script.
So let me get this straight: Take one TV show/set of books about farm life in the late 19th-century American West, add in the director of stoner/buddy comedy Pineapple Express and sprinkle in the writer of sex-addiction flick Shame… That sounds bat-shit mental! Does that mean we are going to see the famously moralistic Ingalls family dropping F-bombs and screwing all the people in their village in an orgy of sex and drugs? That would be an experience!
The Little House series was originally a set of children books by Laura Ingalls Wilder who recorded her memoirs about growing up the Midwest region of the United States. It was later adapted into a TV show that was known for its saccharine story lines and idyllic portrayal of family life; so the complete opposite then for what director Green and scriptwriter Morgan are known for.
Although negotiations are still in the early stages, I have my fingers crossed that this crazy-sounding project makes it to the big screen.
What about you guys? Are you looking forward to returning to the prairie?