'Field of Dreams' Odyssey: From a Book to a Movie, a MLB Game, and Now a Series
There is good news for the fans of Universal’s 1989 Oscar-nominated film Field of Dreams, as the film is being adapted into a full-fledged series.
On August 16, 2021, Peacock, an American OTT video streaming service, officially announced the series Field of Dreams, based on the film, with The Good Place creator Mike Schur in charge.
The Series Announcement
Announcing the series, the president of Universal TV, Erin Underhill, said, "Field of Dreams is an iconic Universal film title from venerable producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon, that we could only have entrusted to Mike Schur."
"His talent, his love for baseball and his reverence for its themes make him the perfect choice to revisit this beloved film that evokes nostalgia and visceral emotion in so many of its fans," he added while continuing to praise Schur.
According to Deadline, Schur will recreate the story by writing the required changes and executive producing it alongside Lawrence Gordon, David Miner, and Morgan Sackett.
The original narrative of the critically acclaimed film was loved by the audience for its mixture of family, baseball, Iowa, and magic.
The straight-to-series order came after a surge in popularity for the Kevin Costner starrer movie, following the completion of a baseball stadium at the iconic filming site of the movie. The stadium, built by the Major League Baseball, also saw an inauguration game last week between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.
Aired in prime time on Fox, the game ranked as MLB’s highest-rated regular-season telecast on any network since 2005. It was also Fox’s most-streamed regular-season game in its history.
It All Started with a Book
While we talk about the film Field of Dreams and its series remake, it is equally important to acknowledge the book, from where the story was initially taken.
The 1989 sports fantasy film, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, was originally based on W. P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe.
In the novel, a farmer builds a baseball diamond in his corn fields after hearing a voice from an invisible power, bringing Shoeless Joe Jackson and other baseball players of yesteryear to come to play there.
The author, Kinsella, who passed away in September 2016 at 81, was also honored by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame with the Jack Graney Award for a significant contribution to the game of baseball in Canada.
“I wrote it [the book] 30 years ago, and the fact that people are still discovering it makes me proud. It looks like it will stand the test of time,” Kinsella had stated while receiving the award.
'Field of Dreams' Movie: Cast and Reviews
Field of Dreams, the movie, had an extended cast, comprising actor Costner as a farmer who builds a baseball field in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends.
The other stars in the film were Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Dwier Brown, Lee Garlington, and Ray Liotta.
Upon its release on May 5, 1989, the film received positive reviews from critics. It went on to bag three Academy Awards nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Years later, in 2017, the film was picked for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."