This weekend at Comic-Con, I attended the Sid and Marty Krofft Panel – A Look at the Past, Present, and Future moderated by Chris Gore (G4’s Attack of the Show). To millions and millions of people, Sid and Marty Krofft are geniuses known for their ambitious vision and unique brand of fantasy programs with high-concept plots, unusual protagonists and low budget effects. The sibling team of television producers has produced quality family entertainment for over 40 years and they’re responsible for a number of memorable classic 70’s shows including Land of the Lost that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters and is still watched to this day.
The panel featured footage from the never-before-seen network presentation reel for Land of the Lost while it was still in development. In addition, there were two special surprise guests: David Gerrold, who wrote the first episode of Land of the Lost and is also known for writing one of the all-time great Star Trek episodes, The Trouble With Tribbles, and Wesley Eure, who played Will in Land of the Lost. During the final 10 minutes of the panel, there was an audience Q&A highlighted by a surprise appearance by filmmaker Tom DeSanto who is behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history including X-Men and Transformers. Hit the jump for the recap and transcript of the panel.
Just an hour ago I was at a Subway restaurant in Santa Monica on Pico Blvd. The reason I was there is Universal has transformed the location into a special “Land of the Lost” themed location – complete with themed tables, chairs, and they even had some Sleestaks walking around. If you live in the area, you might want to stop by and see if you can get in.
Anyway, the reason they were doing this promotion was to raise awareness of the upcoming “Land of the Lost” movie. So to help in that endeavor, director Brad Silberling was there and also Sid and Marty Krofft – the creators of the show and the producers of the movie. While I didn’t get to speak with Brad today (I will tomorrow or Saturday), I did get five minutes with Sid and Marty. Since I’ve already asked them a lot of “Land of the Lost” questions when I did a set visit last year, I decided to ask what every fan wants to know….what’s the status of their other properties getting turned into movies!
As you can see in the video interview after the jump, they told me “H.R. Pufnstuf” is being developed at Sony and it’s being written by Dennis McNicholas – who wrote the “Land of the Lost” movie. And the big news is they want Johnny Depp to play Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo!
They also said “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” is being developed by Dana Gould at Universal. I’d imagine a big opening for “Land of the Lost” is going to help move these properties forward.
We also talked about what making this film has been like and a lot more so take a look: