Field Of Dreams is perfect. It doesn’t need to be remade, it doesn’t need to have a sequel, or be rebooted, or even rotoscoped and turned into an animated movie. It’s totally perfect as a standalone movie which has an emotional attachment to a lot of people.
The 1989 drama starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster was written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson and based on W.P. Kinsella’s wonderful 1982 novel, Shoeless Joe.
Universal’s Peacock has now given a straight-to-series order for Field of Dreams which will come from writer Michael Schu, Lawrence Gordon (producer of the original film) and Universal TV.
According to Deadline, ‘the series will reimagine the mixture of family, baseball, Iowa and magic that makes the movie so enduring and beloved.’
This news comes after the “Field of Dreams” baseball game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox became the most-watched regular-season Major League Baseball telecast on any US network since 2005 – and the Fox Network’s most-streamed regular-season game in its history. See footage of that game featuring Kevin Costner below…
Lisa Katz, President of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said:
“Through the years, Field of Dreams has remained a fan favorite, maintaining its rightful position in the zeitgeist. It’s whimsical and grounded, a space where Mike Schur excels, and we’re looking forward to bringing a new version of this classic to Peacock.”
Erin Underhill, President of Universal Television said:
“Field of Dreams is an iconic Universal Film title from venerable producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon that we could only have entrusted to Mike Schur. His talent, his love for baseball and his reverence for its themes make him the perfect choice to revisit this beloved film that evokes nostalgia and visceral emotion in so many of its fans.”
Niall Browne, Film Reviewer and Commentator of Movies In Focus said:
“This is a blatant cash grab. There’s no artistic merit here whatsoever and this only got the green-light because of the outpouring of love and respect for the original film following the recent baseball game. It’s just another example of a Hollywood studio raiding their film library for exploitable IP.”