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Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck left some mighty big boots to fill, but maybe Susan Sarandon is the one who can fill them.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Sarandon is in talks to star in a big-screen version of 'The Big Valley,' the 1965-69 ABC western that starred Stanwyck as a fierce-willed matriarch of large California ranch in the 1870s. Twentieth Century Fox, which owns the series, has greenlighted the film for a shoot this summer, EW reports. Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck left some mighty big boots to fill, but maybe Susan Sarandon is the one who can fill them.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Sarandon is in talks to star in a big-screen version of 'The Big Valley,' the 1965-69 ABC western that starred Stanwyck as a fierce-willed matriarch of large California ranch in the 1870s. Twentieth Century Fox, which owns the series, has greenlighted the film for a shoot this summer, EW reports.

Stanwyck, a screen icon whose film career had begun to wane in the 1950s, found renewed fame and an Emmy as the star of 'The Big Valley.' She played Victoria Barkley, widowed owner of the thousand-acre Barkley ranch, and mother to several adult children who were unlucky in love. (Romantic interests on 'Big Valley' had lives that ended as abruptly and violently as those of red-shirted crewmen on 'Star Trek.')

The show also launched the careers of Linda Evans (as Victoria's equally strong-willed daughter, Audra) and Lee Majors (as Heath, illegitimate son of Victoria's late husband, who was nonetheless eventually accepted into the Barkley family). Even though its ratings were still strong, ABC canceled the show in 1969, supposedly because the network saw that TV westerns were on their way out, to be replaced by shows with more contemporary settings. (You can watch the entire first season of 'Big Valley' at SlashControl.)

Opening Credits of 'The Big Valley'


Variety first reported on the movie adaptation of 'Big Valley' last July, before the project had a distributor or a cast. Producing the film is Kate Edelman Johnson, whose father, Louis Edelman, created the original series. Writing and directing, according to Variety, is Daniel Adams, filmmaker behind a handful of barely released movies ('The Golden Boys,' 'The Lightkeepers'). Filming locations, Variety reported, are Michigan and New Mexico.