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In 1974, TV audiences were introduced to the Ingalls family, a frontier clan living in a rustic cabin in the Minnesota wilderness during the 1870s and '80s. America was in the middle of its Me Decade, with an exhausting war and general upheaval at home. The weekly dramas of a farmer and his children—based on the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder—were an irresistible look at a simpler time when people based their lives around family, home, and church. (All nine seasons are available on Digital HD on Amazon; seasons 1–3 are also available on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Sean Durkin, the director of Elizabeth Olsen's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to direct a big screen adaptation of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. The show, which aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and starred Michael Landon, focused on a pioneer family living in the 1880s in the American Midwest. It was known for is wholesome values and was loosely based on a series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who based it on her childhood. The project was originally set up for David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), who ended up dropping out. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame) wrote the script. »
Once a rather surprising project on David Gordon Green's plate, the film adaptation of famed TV show "Little House On The Prairie" is now in the hands of an equally surprising name. Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene," the TV mini-series "Southcliffe" which is worth catching up with), is now the man behind camera for this movie, which has its origins in the children's book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder about a family living in the American Midwest in the 1880s. Abi Morgan ("Shame," "Brick Lane") penned the script, and Scott Rudin will produce. [THR] The ever-busy Spike Lee is back behind the camera, stepping once again into the documentary world. He's making a movie about Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis and "the Taney Dragons and their journey to the Little League World Series." [Wooder Ice] Stephen Chbosky, of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" fame, is shifting gears a bit, going the family. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Seventies TV shows seem to be rife for adaptation in our modern age of cinematic product, but they don't always guarantee the nostalgic drive they seek to inspire. For every Charlie's Angels there's a Starsky And Hutch waiting to piss everyone off. Yet somehow, a movie reboot of Little House On The Prairie isn't the worst idea that could be floated past our very eyes. According to a scoop from The Hollywood Reporter, director Sean Durkin, the man who brought Martha Marcy May Marlene to the screen back in 2011, is negotiating to head up the project based on a script by The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan. Scott Rudin is producing, and the film is being set up with Sony as the studio backing it. The original Little House On The Prairie series ran from 1974 to 1983. It adapted the autobiographical works of Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she recalled her childhood »
Sean Durkin knows farms. In his spine-tingling, 2011 directorial debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Durkin explored the inner-workings of modern cult life, an organic brainwashing operation set against a lush plantation. John Hawkes' Old McManson was creepy as hell, but the backdrop — just lovely! Durkin has taken time and deviations in putting a follow-up feature together (he recently directed the British mini-series "Southcliffe," which earned him a BAFTA), but his next project is coming to light — and takes him back to the homestead. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Durkin is set to direct a film version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Prairie," previously adapted into the popular Michael Landon-led TV that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983. The books follow a fictionalized version of Laura as she grows up the in the 19th century American Midwest. Scott Rudin is producing the feature project, from a script by Abi Morgan ("Shame, »
- Matt Patches
Two years ago, we learned David Gordon Green was in talks to direct a Little House on the Prairie movie. Green seemed like an odd choice for the children's book adaptation, and he has since moved on. But producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) is not taking the project in a new direction. THR reports that Sean Durkin is in talks to direct. Durkin's lone feature credit is the intense drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is mcuh closer to Green's early work than the 1970s Little House TV series. I still expect the movie to be a family friendly affair, but the team of Rudin and Durkin---not to mention screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame)---indicates Little House will have higher ambitions than the average kids movie. Hit the jump for the synopsis of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book. The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their »
- Brendan Bettinger
Sean Durkin, the filmmaker behind Martha Marcy May Marlene, is now tackling a different sort of family drama and is in negotiations to direct Sony's adaptation of Little House on the Prairie. Prairie is best known as the iconic TV series that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and starred Michael Landon as the patriarch of a pioneer family living in the 1880s in the American Midwest. The show was known for is wholesome values and was loosely based on a series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who based it on her childhood. (Melissa Gilbert played Laura
- Borys Kit
First announced a couple of years ago, development on a film version of literary and TV perennial The Little House On The Prairie hasn't moved quickly. But gingham may be about to come back in style after all. The peculiar news this morning is that Sean Durkin, director of the indie psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene and producer of Simon Killer, is in talks to open the doors.Most of us encountered the TV adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s semi-autobiographical children’s classic book series on Channel 4 Sunday mornings, as it chronicled the gentle adventures of Ingalls family on the 19th century American frontier. We were introduced to Charles and Caroline Ingalls and their three daughters, Mary, Laura and Carrie.The word you're looking for is "wholesome", but there's something interesting afoot with the new movie that nobody's quite telling us yet. Before Durkin, the Little House »
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- Garth Franklin
Columbia Pictures is currently seeking talent for its feature film, “Little House on the Prairie,” based on the classic books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The “Little House” series, written by Wilder, is a collection of children’s novels based on her childhood in a pioneer family. Several adaptations of the books have been made, including the popular television show that lasted nine seasons from 1974-1983. Submissions are being sought worldwide for this feature film. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Little House on the Prairie” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
Little House on the Prairie is an institution of television that really needs no introduction, but the newly released remastered edition of season one (and the upcoming releases of all the seasons) are worth a serious look.
Some shows from this era and beyond, especially those in fair rotation in syndication, are difficult to push as a truly necessary purchase, but there are a lot of notes to Little House which made the previous releases, and this one especially, true must owns for fans. Of course, that does make for a certain question mark if one already has the previously-released season DVD efforts.
First, while many may get a decent fill of the show through syndication, there are a lot of episodes that simply never get play. There are several episodes that are likely seen as too controversial, or just plain overly harsh to a full family sensibility, to come up in syndicated cycles, »
- Marc Eastman
For the first time ever, "Little House on the Prairie" is coming to Blu-ray, and it's been fully restored and remastered, featuring high definition picture and sound.
The series, starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, first went on the air in 1974, based on the books of the same name by author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The deluxe remastered edition of "Little House on the Prairie" Season 1 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on March 25. The set will also include new special features, including screen tests for Landon and Gilbert, as well as the first piece of a six-part documentary that looks back on the series.
Below, take a look before and after photos of the full HD restoration. In addition to more vibrant colors, the image is sharper with imperfections removed. »
Bull passed away in hospital of pneumonia, after living at a retired actors home in Los Angeles.
He was best known for playing long-suffering shopkeeper Nels Oleson in Little House.
Alison Arngrim, who played his spoilt daughter Nellie, described Bull as a "calm, sensible and rational" man.
"Everyone loved him so much," she said. "People are posting [condolences] in six different languages on my Facebook page."
Co-star Melissa Gilbert said: "Working with you was such a joy but [not] nearly as joyful as being your friend.''
Bull died Feb 3 but the cause of death has not been revealed yet, reports dailymail.co.uk.
"This man will be missed", the 49-year-old actress posted.
"Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but nearly as joyful as being your friend," she added.
Bull is survived by his actress-wife Barbara Collentine.
- Ketali Mehta
Richard is survived by his wife of 66 years, actress Barbara Collentine, whom he married in 1948. Richard had been living with Barbara in his hometown of Chicago before his death, although he died in Calabasas, Calif. at the Motion Picture Television Fund campus. Richard’s Little House co-stars took to Twitter to remember him after learning about his death on Feb. 4.
This man will be missed. Goodbye »
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