Four years ago Little House on the Prairie, the beloved book and television series about a simple family living a simple life in the old West, kicked off a new journey to the big screen. It got set up by power producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, There Will Be Blood) at Sony Pictures with a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette) and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) in the director's chair. However, like so many seeking fame and fortune in 19th-century America, those dreams didn't pan out as expected. Maybe it got a rattlesnake bite. Maybe it got dysentery and died. Maybe we're mixing our Little House on the Prairie with too much of The Oregon Trail.
The point is, that movie obviously never ended up happening. Little House on the Prairie's journey to the 21st-century big screen isn't over, though. It's just found a new plot of land to settle that house and a new director to guard its steppe.
The new Little House on the Prairie will keep Abi Morgan's script but it is moving from Sony over to Paramount Pictures and now includes Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) directing in place of David Gordon Green. Both are fairly unexpected choices for a series that was known for its old-fashioned values, inoffensive nature, and conflict that usually involved whether or not the kids would do their chores. Then again, Durkin's MMMM may be about a cult, but it did do a magnificent job of showing off the beauty of a simple lifestyle in rural America, so maybe he is an inspired choice.
No cast is currently set, but Paramount picking it up is likely a sign that things should start moving sooner rather than later.