We all know how much Hollywood loves to strike up a remake for the big screen, but did you realize that Broadway is also none too shy about adapting old properties into fresh stage shows? What, you may ask, would happen if we could somehow do both? Perhaps for a beloved sixties sitcom that few people have thought about in the last decade or so? Just start printing the money!
Deadline reports that director Richard L. Bare has picked up the rights to the sing-songy sixties sitcom Green Acres with an eye to developing the property for both the stage and screen. Bare has a long history with the show — he helmed a hefty number of original episodes, and it sure sounds like this is a passion project for the director. Bare has teamed up with producer Phillip Goldfine for the projects, and the duo are reportedly in the market for a writer and director for the film version of the show. (Further news on the stage version remains slim at this time.)
Green Acres — which boasted the kind of catchy theme song that ensures that even people who have never seen the show will still know what its opening credits sound like — first started as a radio show in the fifties, before hitting the airwaves for a television run from 1965 to 1971 (with over 150 episodes, there’s sure to be some movie-ready material here). The show starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a fancy New York couple who attempt to experience the simple life when they buy a farm in the cute town of “Hooterville.” That old story! Hijinks and charming personality clashes ensued.
The series also boasted a colorful cast of wacky supporting characters, so there are a lot of personalities to play around with for a big screen version, as there’s only so much you do with its relatively simple plot. (Or, at the very least, plenty of roles to fill with comedic talents.) Not interested? Here, let’s change that — there’s a pig who understands English. He’s an actual pig. He was a star of the show. He loves to watch television. Boom! Instant interest.
As Deadline notes, this is just the next project in a long line of sixties reboots, including both up-and-coming films and already-made productions like “Gilligan’s Island, Star Trek, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, Get Smart, Bewitched, Lost in Space, Flipper, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian and The Flintstones.” Soon it will be time to reboot seventies shows (wait, that’s already happening, too? Oh, no!).
Have you got a favorite sixties show you’d like to see remade for the big screen? Anyone you want to see star in Green Acres?
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