USA Today features our first look at the new Sleestaks in the Land Of The Lost movie, now filming — and they don't look all that different from the classic Sid-And-Marty-Krofft versions. Director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events) says he fought to keep the humanoid shape of the menacing lizard people, instead of letting them be "spindly computerized beings." They look a bit cooler than the original versions, but still have the actors-in-suits thing. Click through for the full picture, plus some spoilers.
There is a sense of humor that I loved from the original show that can only come from an actor trying to negotiate the suit. If it became CG, they'd be too perfect. For the Sleestak to remain in people's memories, it tells you that it was about who was in the suit."
There will be one key difference, however: instead of shooting crossbows at people, the new Sleestaks will pull quills out of their own spines and shoot them like arrows.
According to USA Today, the new movie features three adults (Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride) thrust into a land of "dinosaurs, monkey-men called Pakuni and the murderous Sleestak." The three adventurers hope that a giant crystal will zap them back to their own "dimension." [USA Today]