Hoping to rouse the angel of Michael Landon--and not in the helpful, Highway to Heaven sense--Sony Pictures has started talks to begin work on a feature film adaptation of Little House on the Prairie to be directed by David Gordon Green.
If talks work out, Green would direct from a script by Abi Morgan, writer of Shame and The Iron Lady, reports Deadline. As Morgan's hiring implies, all indications are that the film would be a straight, non-winking take on the material, returning Green to the sort of contemplative, rural drama (e.g., George Washington, All the Real Girls) he used to make before Danny McBride and Apatow's protégés got him so deeply into '80s homages and pot comedy. So sorry, Jonah Hill, but you probably will not be the new Melissa Gilbert.
Little House on the Prairie began as a series of children's books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and published between the Great Depression and World War II. The tales of 19th century American farm life were, in the mid '70s and into the early '80s, famously adapted into an NBC television series that ran for nine excruciatingly-boring harvest seasons. It's unclear when Green would tackle his take on the material, as there's still a Suspiria remake he may or may not be doing, as well as the recently-announced Joe with Nicolas Cage and HOLY SHIT, CAN NIC CAGE BE THE NEW MICHAEL LANDON, PLEASE?