Sean Durkin To Helm Modern Retelling Of Little House On The Prairie


The iconic television shows of yesterday are currently hot property in cinematic circles these days, with Hollywood green-lighting a whole variety of projects in recent weeks. Now, though, Sony has turned to Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin, who is reportedly in talks to bring Little House on the Prairie to the big screen.

Admittedly, we’ve known of a big-screen retelling of the Midwest series for a while now — during which time David Gordon Green was attached to the project — but this is the first concrete tidbit that shows Sony is eager to get the film up and running.

Joining Durkin for the studio’s Little House on the Prairie is producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips), and The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Abi Morgan is onboard to pen the script.

On the Prairie is perhaps best known for its nine-year stint on NBC, a time where Michael Landon starred as the overruling patriarch who sought to raise and protect his family out in the American Midwest during the late 1880s.

Martha Marcy May Marlene — Durin’s previous examination of a rural(ish) family — certainly didn’t pull any punches as it unfolded the psychological make-up of the nuclear family, so it’ll be fascinating to see how he handles Little House on the Prairie considering that it has been oriented towards children hitherto.

For now, you can check out the official synopsis of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved novel series below:

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.