The new big-screen Land Of The Lost movie will be a bizarre treat that actually satisfies fans of the 1970s original. You can take it from no less an authority than Juno scripter Diablo Cody, who visited the set. Her descriptions of the filming, in the current Entertainment Weekly, do sound intriguing (but campy.) And just like co-creator Mel Brooks was heavily involved with the recent Get Smart movie, LotL creators Sid and Marty Krofft were on the movie's set every day. Meanwhile, star Will Ferrell explains just how zany this movie is going to be.
Upon arriving at the Universal lot, I'm directed to an airplane-hangar-size soundstage tricked out to look like a Sleestak temple. It actually takes my breath away; I've never been on a set of such massive scale. The first thing I notice is how the production design, extravagant though it may be, manages to retain the camp charm of the original show. Rocks look like fantasy rocks, in the best possible way. Storybook moss creeps across rugged stone paths. A suspended iron cage intended for poor Holly (played by Anna Friel) evokes those great Chuck Heston-style adventure movies of yesteryear. Best of all, there's a menacing lava pit surrounded by a bay of talking Sleestak-head oracles. ''When they're turned on, their eyes glow. It gets totally Vegas in here,'' director Brad Silberling says, pleased.
How you feel about that probably depends on whether you want your Sleestak temple to get "totally Vegas," I'm guessing.
And yes, the new version of Lost, starring Will Ferrell, will be more of a broad comedy than the original. Ferrell tells ReelzChannel:
I think it's a great blend of paying homage to the show mixed with what I think could be a different genre, this kind of adventure comedy where we really use the adventure to set up the comedy and we're able to comment on these situations that you would love to see characters comment on.