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

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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