‘Little House on the Prairie’ Movie in the Works at Paramount

'Little House on the Prairie' Movie
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A movie based on the long-running “The Little House on the Prairie” television series is in the works at  Paramount Pictures, which picked up the project in turnaround.

Sony Pictures had launched development of the project in 2012 with Scott Rudin attached to produce. The title was put into turnaround last year after Amy Pascal stepped down as co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment with Tom Rothman replacing her.

Variety reported in June that Rothman had axed the “Little House” project due to concerns about its proposed $45 million budget.

Sean Durkin is attached to direct from a script by Abi Morgan. His credits include “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Morgan’s credits include “Shame,” “The Iron Lady” and “Suffragette.”

“The Little House on the Prairie” ran on NBC from 1974 to 1982 and starred Michael Landon as the head of a pioneer family in the 1880s in Minnesota. The series was based on the series of children’s books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published eight books between 1932 and 1943 based on her childhood in the northern Midwest during the 1870s and 1880s

Melissa Gilbert played Wilder on the show as the second oldest of four daughters. Landon portrayed Charles Ingalls as a farmer and mill worker. He directed 87 of the 203 episodes. His wife, Caroline, was portrayed by Karen Grassle.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Almonzo Wilder says:

    Please make the Little House Movie Historically Correct Read Laura’s Books Research the 1800’s Don’t let SJW’s and such Ruin it.

  2. M says:

    How can this be diverse? Isn’t that what’s most important today?

    • Almonzo Wilder says:

      It Doesn’t need to be Diverse it was in the 1800’s Diversity was not a Thing in the 1800’s The Movie should be Historically Correct not be ruined by SJW’s.

  3. Julia says:

    Is this movie supposed to be based on the TV show or on the books? Because those are two wildly different things.

  4. Barbara Jane says:

    I love Little House on the Praire and especially Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert the both mad the show so real and you can see the father and daughter bond between the two. The only reason I never figured out is why Carrie the little girl never had any speaking lines other than one sentence she was a cute and seemed smart little girl.

  5. I’d rather that they do something more in line with the actual LIW books, rather than make a movie based on the show (if you’ve read the books and watched the series, you know that they’re very different)

  6. M says:

    Sooooo is this another Little House movie or is it a movie about the TV series itself??

    • scarlett604 says:

      If you read Laura Ingall’s biography, you’d realize the books and the series are not that different at all.

      • Julia says:

        Oh hardly any difference. Except for Albert. And Adam. And James. And Cassandra. And Nancy. And Percival. And Willie. And Mr. Olsen. And Mrs. Olsen. And Hester Sue. And, you know, Walnut Grove.
        The pilot movie was very similar to the the actual book “Little House on the Prairie.” The TV series on the other hand used part of the setting and a few of the characters from one book, series, then wove in one or two characters from other books (set in other states and towns), made up a whole lot of other characters and relationships and situations, and voila!
        Sorry – the books were Laura’s story, and the TV show made it all about Pa. I didn’t like that at age 7, and I’m still not happy about it now. I’d rather history didn’t repeat itself, that’s all.

  7. Laura C says:

    Loved Little House on the Prairie books and TV show, more so Michael Landon. While it may encourage a generation of NEW younger viewers, I’m not sure I’m ready to watch a remake of sorts. I’ll wait until I hear more about it and who they are casting before deciding to watch. I still have the series ending in my mind of the residents blowing up Walnut Grove to get back at the greedy buyers.

    • I think that was Michael Landon thing because he didn’t want any other production coming in and inappropriately using “his” sets.

      • Brian T says:

        I remember reading it was because the lease for the property (where the outdoor filming took place) required the property be returned to its original condition when filming ended. So “Walnut Grove” had to be torn down, and imploding it was the cheapest way for the studio. I’m not sure why they felt the need to incorporate that into the series, though.

  8. imustseemovie.com says:

    Cool can’t wait

  9. :) says:

    My favorite show on earth!! Go Paramount :D <3 #cantwait!!!

  10. Guest says:

    And he ended up with 5 daughters because he adopted Cassie. 5 daughters and 2 sons..

  11. WA says:

    Last sentence of this article, “His wife, Caroline, was portrayed by Laurie Grassie.” Actually, she was played by Karen Grassle.

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