Director Michael Schur is a name comedy fans have probably heard before. He has worked on shows such as Parks and recreationration, The right place, and Brooklyn nine-nine. Now Schur has another great opportunity on his hands. Peacock recently announced that they will be airing a TV series adaptation of the classic 1989 sports film. Field of dreams. Schur was commissioned to write the series.
What is the “Field of Dreams” about?
Field of dreams turned around Ray, Annie and their daughter Karin, a family facing financial problems in their cornfield in Iowa. Ray is haunted by memories of his relationship with his now deceased father. One day, as he was walking in his cornfield, he heard a voice say, “If you build it, it will come.” The voice comes from a vision of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Jackson was banned from baseball forever after his involvement in the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
Believing in his vision, Ray turns his cornfield into a baseball field. He is then joined by visions of the other seven Black Sox players. Through his visions, Ray is even able to see his father and mend their damaged relationship many years ago. On the verge of bankruptcy, people are finally starting to show up on the field to watch baseball.
A Major League Baseball game inspired by the movie recently took place
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One week before the announcement of the Field of dreams series, Major League Baseball hosted an iconic Big League game at the film’s location in Iowa. Fittingly, the Chicago White Sox faced the New York Yankees. The match ended with a dramatic home run from Tim Anderson, and the White Sox won the match, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kevin Costner even made an appearance at the event. MLB has said it will return to “Field of Dreams” in 2022.
How will Mike Schur adapt “Field of Dreams” as a television series?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Peacock says his Field of dreams The series will reinvent the mix of family, baseball, Iowa, and movie magic that made the feature film so enduring and beloved. The original film was actually based on a WP Kinsella novel about Shoeless Joe Jackson. It is not yet clear what part of the original screenplay and cast Schur will integrate into the series. However, fans are already forming opinions about what they are doing and don’t want to see.
An article on Nerdist expresses his hope that the series will keep the ethereal feel of the novel. Magic plays an important role in the book. The film sought to capture this by filming frequently during the “golden” hours of dusk or dawn. Hopefully the series will use similar tactics. Nerdist also hopes that Schur’s adaptation doesn’t make the series “too modern.” The movie, after all, was set in rural Iowa in the 1980s. That doesn’t mean the show can’t do some updates, but I hope it will be as timeless as the movie. .
Fans are also hoping the adaptation could introduce newer baseball players to the series. They might even add a redemption arc for Barry Bonds. The series could also expand to include other female baseball players, possibly even women from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Peacock has yet to announce the cast or release date of the Field of dreams series. For now, fans can only wait and hope that Schur does him justice.