A series based on Kevin Costner classic Field of Dreams is officially on the way.
A straight-to-series order has been given by Peacock, the US streaming service owned by NBCUniversal. On board as creator, writer and executive producer of the series, which has also been titled Field of Dreams, is big-name TV creative Michael Schur, creator of The Good Place and co-creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation. The original film’s producer, Lawrence Gordon, is also among the EP team.
The 1989 film told the story of a farmer (Costner) who, upon hearing a voice saying “If you build it, they will come,” and seeing a vision of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson standing in a baseball diamond in the cornfield, is inspired to build a baseball field in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends. As per the press release, the series “will reimagine the mixture of family, baseball, Iowa and magic that makes the movie so enduring and beloved”.
“Through the years, Field of Dreams has remained a fan favourite, maintaining its rightful position in the zeitgeist,” Lisa Katz, President of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “It’s whimsical and grounded, a space where Mike Schur excels, and we’re looking forward to bringing a new version of this classic to Peacock.”
Added Erin Underhill, President of Universal Television: “Field of Dreams is an iconic Universal Film title from venerable producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon that we could only have entrusted to Mike Schur. His talent, his love for baseball and his reverence for its themes make him the perfect choice to revisit this beloved film that evokes nostalgia and visceral emotion in so many of its fans.”
Based on W.P. Kinsella’s 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, the ’89 picture was directed and written by Phil Alden Robinson (Sneakers, The Sum of All Fears), with a cast that included Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, and Burt Lancaster. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score (James Horner).
Stay tuned as the cast comes together for this one and let’s have our fingers crossed for a home run. For now, here’s a look back at the classic film: