First Look: Sleestaks from Land of the Lost

Sleestaks in Land of the Lost

Last month we posted photos of Will Ferrell on the set of the big screen adaptation of Land of the Lost. Tonight USAToday brings us the first official production photo from Brad Silberling’s upcoming film.

The photo gives us a first look at the Sleestaks, villainous one-horned lizard creatures, who surface in a temple where Ferrell’s character and his two companions (Danny McBride and Anna Friel) are “hoping a giant crystal will return them to their own dimension.” Silberling fought to keep the Sleestaks man-in-suit, and thank goodness he did, because they are probably funnier that way. And besides, did you really want non-human shaped computer generated designs? The film version of the Sleestak can draw quills from their spines and fire them like arrows instead of carrying crossbows as they did in the original television show.

Ferrell plays Dr. Marshall, a wacky scientist who ends up the laughingstock of the scientific community after attacking the quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking while being interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360. Dr. Marshall is reduced to becoming a tour guide at the La Brea Tar Pits, the only scientific job that would take him. A young hot scientist played by Anna Friel convinces Dr. Marshall to go with her on an expedition which no doubt takes him to the Land of the Lost.

Land of the Lost is currently shooting on multiple sound stages at Universal Studios. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17th 2009.


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Will Ferrell‘s R-rated ABA romp, Semi-Pro, opens today and is expected to do boffo business. Buzz is good, but not spectacular. Nobody’s calling the film a comedy classic, and it arguably could have been. Great source material. The actor took a time-out from picking his ‘fro to chat with AICN twice about his upcoming mega-budget sci-fi comedy Land of the Lost, as well as eulogize a few other projects. Directed by Brad Siberling, who did Casper and Moonlight Mile, I’m still not sure what to expect from this 2009 film that pits Ferrell against CGI dinosaurs, especially when it comes to tone. Ferrell alludes to it being less like, I dunno, The Flintstones but doesn’t clarify much more…

“[Land of the Lost] will be PG-13, which I understand why that is and yet we still want [edge]. …It’s right up to an R and we are going to pull that line with the studio, because I already had an experience with Kicking and Screaming. Kicking and Screaming was supposed to be more of a Bad News Bears type comedy and they kind of [made it lame and made it PG].”

One film that I think Ferrell is perhaps born to star in (but apparently will not) is a film adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces, widely cited as one of the best American novels ever written. While I’m of the belief that The Catcher in the Rye should never be put to film, after seeing Stranger Than Fiction, a dramedy that is still widely underrated, I remain convinced that Ferrell can do justice to Dunces‘ main character, the eccentric, 30-year-old ne’re-do-well Ignatius J. Reilly. A few years ago Ferrell was attached, along with Natasha Lyonne (a clever choice for the love interest Myrna Minkoff), with David Gordon Greene (The Pineapple Express, George Washington) to direct. Might it still happen…?

“As far as I know [an adaptation] is gone. …It’s a mystery. For some reason that’s a very scary project for people to take on and I don’t know why, but yeah I have no idea. The script…I loved it. …I think that’s such a big piece to tackle, that I think for a script, they didn’t have every single scene in the book, but it was a really nice effort, but I don’t know what to tell you.”

And from a literary classic to a beer pong/bong classic, wassup with Old School 2?

“I read [the script]. Some super funny set pieces, but I don’t know. I think Vince [Vaughn] had the same reaction. We’re just kind of doing the same thing again. It was like us going to Spring Break, but we’ve got to find this guy who’s the head of a fraternity. Once again, funny things but it’s just us once again back in a fraternity setting. It just felt like it was repeating. But watch, I’m over thinking it.”

And like a dingleberry stuck to a long and winding news item, Ferrell updates us about Elf 2: It’s dead.

Discuss: If you had to spend eternity watching and rewatching a Will Ferrell sports comedy that still hasn’t been made, would it be: The Untitled Will Ferrell Polo Movie or the Untitled Will Ferrell Sumo Wrestling Movie? I choose: UWF Polo.

The Jetsons MovieEarlier today LatinoReview posted a rumor that Sin City director Robert Rodriguez was in talks to direct a live-action feature film of The Jetsons. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the story, claiming the film is in development at Warner Bros.

But that’s not all, the trade paper also claims that Rodriguez has met with Will Ferrell to helm a big screen adaptation of the 1970’s television show Land of the Lost.

Rodriguez has a history of children films including the Spy Kids trilogy, and would be a perfect fit for a special effects laden effort like The Jetsons. Land of the Lost sounds like a bad idea any way you look at it, even if Ferrell is involved. The good news is that Fanboys scribe Adam Goldberg has already finished a Jetsons script, while Land of the Lost is said to be much earlier in the development cycle. Let’s hope Rodriguez picks The Jetsons.

The Jetsons followed the antics of the George Jetson family, set in a utopian future world with flying cars, holograms, and a robot maid named Rosie. Most people considered it The Flintstones in space.

Did You Know: Hanna-Barbera only produced 24 episodes of The Jetsons, when the show ran from 1962-1963. The show continued to be re-run on Saturday mornings for decades until the show’s growing popularity led to further episodes being produced for syndication between 1985 and 1987.

The show spawned a few direct to television/view movies, and one animated feature film (in 1990).