David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness and The Sitter may have looked good on the surface, but the overall product failed to impress its audience. So the filmmaker is taking a departure from directing original comedies to directing adaptations. According to Deadline, Green will start off by taking on a big-screen adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book Little House on the Prairie for Sony Pictures.
Wilder’s Little House series consists of semi-autobiographical books based on her life with her family in 19th century America. Though there were many made for TV adaptations and miniseries – there was even an animated series – its most popular adaptation came in the 1974-1984 televised series starting Michael Landon.
Sony is still in talks to purchase the rights to Little House, but should they secure the rights, Green would be using a script written by Shame writer Abi Morgan. Scott Rudin and Trip Friendly are attached to produce the film.
Don’t let Your Highness or The Sitter fool you, Green is perfectly capable of directing feature films. The filmmaker helmed George Washington and All The Real Girls, both great dramas in their own right. Green also directed a number of episodes for the hit comedy Eastbound and Down. Morgan recently wrote the scripts for The Iron Lady and Shame. This would be quite a pairing if all the pieces fell into the right place.
Do you think directing Little House on the Prairie is the right move for Green?