‘Big Valley’ headed to the big screen

Daniel Adams to adapt classic TV Western

“The Big Valley” is headed to a much bigger screen.

The 1960s television Western that starred Barbara Stanwyck is being adapted into an independent feature by Kate Edelman Johnson and Daniel Adams through their Panther Entertainment banner.

Adams will direct the pic from his own script, whose storyline was developed with series creators Louis F. Edelman and A.I. Bezzerides. Plot borrows elements from the show’s pilot and several episodes.

Roles have not yet been cast.

In the show, Stanwyck played the widowed matriarch of the wealthy Barkley family living in 19th-century Stockton, Calif.

Series, which ran 1964-69 on ABC, also starred Richard Long, Peter Breck and Charles Briles, and launched the careers of Linda Evans and Lee Majors.

Louis Edelman also created the shows “Make Room for Daddy,” “Wyatt Earp” and “The Andy Griffith Show.” Kate Edelman is his daughter.

Adams has also helmed the pics “The Golden Boys” and “Primary Motive.” He is currently in post-production on “The Lightkeepers,” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.

Pre-production on “The Big Valley” is expected to begin in January, with filming to take place in April in Michigan and New Mexico.

Financing is being provided by Brian and Ethan Gilmore of Capitoline Global Finance, Anthony Gudas of Tax Credit Finance and Scot Butcher.

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