LAND OF THE LOST Movie Begins Shooting

By at February 29, 2008 | 1:45 pm | Print

Will Ferrell in Semi-ProWhile we’re all checking out Will Ferrell’s latest acts of undying shamelessness in Semi-Pro (left), Ferrell’s latest project begins filming today: the long-planned movie adaptation of the 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft TV show Land of the Lost. Yeah, sleestacks, monkey dwarves, bad science, the whole thing.

Ferrell plays paleontologist Rick Marshall, mistakenly whisked away with a hot assistant and over-confident tour guide (instead of his kids) to a confusing land of dinosaurs and other creatures… well, okay, a Land of the Lost. Universal is considering the big budget July 2009 release their “event comedy” for the summer.

For your flashback fun (or reference, if you’re too young to remember),
here are the original Marshalls
The Original Land of the Lost

And those wretched Sleestacks. Spooky.
The Sleestacks on Land of the Lost

CAST: Ferrell as the shamed scientist and… well, that’s about it for big names. Also listed are Anna Friel (ABC’s Pushing Daisies) and Saturday Night Live writer/actor Jorma Taccone.

DIRECTOR: Two solid names had been attached to this one: Anchorman‘s Adam McKay and Robert Rodriguez (off to do The Jetsons instead). The job landed with Brad Silberling, director of Moonlight Mile, Lemony Snicket and the recent indie 10 Items or Less.

WRITERS: Entourage writer/producer Chris Henchy and The Ladies Man writer Dennis McNicholas

LOBBY OPINION: This ain’t no Bewitched. We’ll be there, if only to see how Silberling plans to update those supercool plastic suits. 

Hey, does anyone remember how the original Land of the Lost series ended? I recall some copout time/space finale that makes The Terminator timeline sound like the Theory of Relativity.

If you know… tell us about the Land of the Lost series ending.

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  1. marcus, 9 years ago Reply

    I was a huge fan of the show back then. As for the ending I remember the Marshals being shown a time portal by Enik/Enok(the good Sleestack ). They could us it to go home but there would always be a set of Marshals entering The Land of the Lost(sort of like a time loop) through the “Paradox”. This was not by far the last episode. I don’t remember a “final” episode. It seemed like they just yanked it off the air when it jumped the shark by adding of Uncle Jack. No one ever mentions the failed attempt by ABC to revive the show on Saturday mornings either. The whole new cast and new plot stunk.

  2. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Marcus –

    Yes! Wow, you just sent me through a time warp of my own with that summary. I vaguely remember another set of Marshalls being lost in that raft while the ones we knew were moving on to another reality. Very trippy for a youngster! (which I was)

    I read about the attempted revival, but I don’t know anything about it.

    Will Ferrell’s take should be interesting — I’m sure there will be no resemblance to the original, nor should there be.

    Thanks for the information!

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)

  3. monica beeson, 9 years ago Reply

    we were out at dumont dunes this weekend and supposedly universal was there shooting for land of the lost. not sure why huge sand dunes are relevant….did not see anyone famous either. but we had a great time anyway

  4. John Burris, 9 years ago Reply

    No kids but rather “a hot assistant and over-confident tour guide?” And Will Farrell? What else? Don’t tell me…Chaka will be gay, right? And the dinosaurs will belch and fart, right? The original series was played for straight adventure and actually respected its young audience. You think this will respect its audience? Well…it’s a Will Farrell movie so do the math. Another fond childhood memory raped by Hollywood.

  5. ANTHONY, 9 years ago Reply

    ive ben to the sets since the begginning and the sets are amazing

  6. ANTHONY, 9 years ago Reply

    and ive seen the sleestacks in action the other week its going to be a pretty awesome movie I know what your thinking aboute the cast its going to be like land of the lost meets jurrassic park meet’s Will Farrel im on the sets quite often and so far it looks real good

  7. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - John Burris -
    Wait, you mean Chaka wasn’t gay on the TV show? C’mon! Talk about a destroyed childhood memory!

    – Anthony -
    Thanks for the update. Are you working on the film or hanging out?

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)

  8. ANTHONY, 9 years ago Reply

    a little of both im a good friend of S & M

  9. Ken, 9 years ago Reply

    Will Farrell…. This will be two (count ‘em, TWO) of my childhood memories he’s gonna destroy. Yes, I know “Bewitched” wasn’t his fault. Could be I just don’t care for him that much, but when I read that he’s in this LOTL remake my heart just sank.

  10. Sean, 9 years ago Reply

    Agreed. Will Farrell will destroy anything he touches. Anthony, are they playing this straight or turning it into a “comedy romp”. Does anyone remember that this show had big, intellectual names like Harlan Ellison and DC Fontana writing it? A year ago, I had an epiphany of how this could be done straight up. I was pumped and then I found out that they were doing the movie and I was crushed. When I heard it was Will “The Assassin of Joy” Farrell I was more than crushed (ground down?). Please tell me someone is going to treat this thing with love and not tart it up like a Britney Spears photo op!!!

  11. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Ken, Sean –

    “The assassin of joy”?! You guys are hardcore…

    I read that director Brad Silberling wants the Sleestacks to look more human (like the show?) and is steering far away from any CG shenanigans.

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)

  12. ANTHONY, 9 years ago Reply

    I was on the sets fore the past four months of the land of the lost ive got some really cool pictures of the sets I might be willing to sell some if the price is right

  13. Sean, 9 years ago Reply


    You’re right, that is a bit over the top. Its just that, in all the movies I’ve seen him in, he drains the funny right out of things.


    No thanks. I think that I may want to be as far away from that as I can be. I think, if it turns into the farce I think it will, it will hurt to much to be reminded of it let alone see stills of it.

  14. Mason, 9 years ago Reply

    This summary was great.

    But has anyone heard anything about the sound track?

    I hear that Dr. Steel is under consideration for the theme song, mostly based on his song written about the original TV show. It’s pretty awesome.

    If anyone’s interested, they should check out his MySpace.

  15. The Duke, 9 years ago Reply

    Dr. Steel’s “Land of the Lost” would make an interesting soundtrack addition.

  16. Redafro, 9 years ago Reply

    The origial series had such cool scifi combined with such horrible acting, it made quite the crazy ride for a kid. I think I watched the attempted revival, since I was born in 1977, so thank GOD for the attempt. The sudo-scifi and story’s by big name scifi writers has made me start renting the original series. There really is some interesting stuff in there. I hope they keep some of the crazy sudo-scifi and bizare twists.

    Remember Holly hanging from a rope in the sky?

  17. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Redafro –

    Okay, I was born in 1968, so I’m all about the original series. I actually don’t have any experience with the revival, so I’ll have to take your word for it.

    Every indication says that Brad Silberling is really respecting the vibe of the original show — and hey, Sid and Marty Krofft give it the vote of approval, so that’s a good sign.

    Thanks for joining in.

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)

  18. Blecknor, 9 years ago Reply

    Too bad Spencer Milligan can`t be located, sure be great to see him in a cameo!

  19. Giuseppe, 9 years ago Reply

    The Show Really never ended. Shown in Season one in the Last Episode the “Circle” They really escaped but their double took their place and in Season two you see the doubles Plight, but then you run into the other doubles that was stuck and they had to set free. And the message that holly got in the Pylon to not get out HERE was a message from her father in the distant future who left the family in “aftershock” because he really never went home but fell in the area he left the sign to warn her daughter in the past to stay in where she will meet Uncle jack.

  20. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Giuseppe –

    Whoa, thanks for the recap. No wonder I didn’t really get it when it first aired…

    -Norm S.

  21. Enik, 9 years ago Reply

    If you’re interested in Land of the Lost, you might want to visit my fan site with coverage of both versions of the TV series and the latest news on the upcoming movie.

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