Two years ago, we learned David Gordon Green was in talks to direct a Little House on the Prairie movie. Green seemed like an odd choice for the children’s book adaptation, and he has since moved on. But producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) is not taking the project in a new direction. THR reports that Sean Durkin is in talks to direct. Durkin’s lone feature credit is the intense drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is mcuh closer to Green’s early work than the 1970s Little House TV series. I still expect the movie to be a family friendly affair, but the team of Rudin and Durkin—not to mention screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame)—indicates Little House will have higher ambitions than the average kids movie.
Hit the jump for the synopsis of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book.
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. [Amazon]