My sister and I used to watch Land of the Lost all the time. Even at the tender ages of 7 and 9 we could tell how amazingly chintzy the series was -- and yet we watched it all the time. The sketchy dinosaurs and the slimy Sleestaks. That freaky little hairy dude and those strange little booths with the glowing buttons. Ah, that was fun junk. (I actually reviewed one of the LOTL season sets a few years back, and my opinion of the program is pretty much the same: Broad, silly kitsch that's fun enough, but best consumed in small doses.)

Anyway, we've been hearing vague rumblings about a movie version for quite some time, and according to Variety, Universal is ready to get rolling now. Well, not exactly now, but they've hired a director (Brad Silberling) and they've signed Will Ferrell to star. Plus production begins in March, so I'm guessing it's definitely a "go project" at this point. Fans of the goofy ol' show may notice a few changes though: The adaptation "revolves around a disgraced paleontologist, his assistant and a macho tour guide who find themselves in a strange world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey people and reptilian Sleestaks."

A macho tour guide? An assistant? What about Rick Marshall? And Will and Holly and Cha-Ka? Eh, who cares? The show was cheesy stuff anyway. If you're telling me that Will Ferrell is starring in a $100 million prehistoric comedy, that's enough to get me (at least a little) intrigued. And I suppose some congratulations are due to TV producers Sid & Marty Krofft. I guess this means we'll soon be seeing movie versions of H.R. Pufnstuf, Far Out Space Nuts, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. (Ugh, I just got a nasty chill up my spine.)

[ Amusing trivial tidbit: In Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Will Ferrell plays a character called Marshal Willenholly. This is an obvious reference to Land of the Lost. Well, it's obvious if you're a pop-culture nerd like Kevin Smith. And me. ]