The following image gives us the first close-up of the Sleestak named Enik from next summer’s $100 million incarnation of Land of the Lost starring Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.
The Sleestaks are a horned reptilian-insectoid species that inhabit the alternate world stumbled upon by Ferrell’s paleontologist and friends. In the original source material, Enik is a more evolved, pessimistic outcast of the Sleestaks that wears clothing and speaks.
Back in April, we praised director, Brad Silberling (Casper, Lemony Snicket’s), for choosing men-in-suits over CGI for the Sleestaks, in keeping with the campy ’70s Sid & Marty Krofft TV series. Pretty cool costumes aside, I’m getting a slight Mars Attacks vibe based on what I’ve seen, heard and read about this film. Too soon? Sure, that’s fair. But the studio lowered the budget by $25 million before the production started, and I still wonder how much they questioned this material’s built-in nostalgia factor. We’re in the early stages, and writing about this movie already requires an inhaler and a spy glass. Somewhat surprisingly, this marks Ferrell’s first foray into the land of big, special effects-driven summer adventure films. Same goes for Danny McBride and his well groomed mullet. What do you think of the pic and any takes on the film and material?