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. ]