'Little House on the Prairie' could be coming back – on the big screen


Fans of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series could soon reacquaint themselves with Half Pint, as a reboot of Laura Ingalls Wilder's famous books is set for the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights to remake the best-selling children's books. They're loosely based on the pioneer life of Ingalls Wilder and her family on the Midwestern prairie in the 1870s and 80s.

The TV series that ran between 1974 and 1983 starred Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls and Melissa Gilbert as Laura "Half-Pint" Ingalls, and followed the Ingalls family after its move from Wisconsin to a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Sean Durkin, whose credits include "Martha Marcy May Marlene" is attached to direct the movie, with the script written by Abi Morgan, whose credits include "Shame," "The Iron Lady" and "Suffragette."

Part of the collection that came to be known as the "Little House" series, the "Little House on the Prairie" novel actually describes the Ingalls family's time in Kansas, not Minnesota, according to LittleHouseBooks.com.

It is the fourth book, "On the Banks of Plum Creek," which is based on the Ingalls' time in Walnut Grove.

Variety reports Sony Pictures had launched its own project to make a movie version in 2012, but this was axed last year following executive changes, amid concerns about its proposed $45 million budget.

The Daily Mail reports the producers of the TV series created an old town on ranch land just northeast of Los Angeles for filming.

But in the final episode, "The Last Farewell," the town was literally blown up, as part of an agreement with the landowner to return his land to its natural setting once filming was done.

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