Little House on the Prairie is the latest classic television series to get the reboot treatment. According to reports, a new take on the historical Western drama is now in the works from Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content, and Friendly Family Productions. Trip Friendly is also reportedly on board to serve as an executive producer after his father, Ed, previously purchased the TV and movie rights to the original bestselling novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Inspired by Wilder's real-life adolescence during the late 1800s in the American Midwest, Little House on the Prairie has had several adaptations made in various mediums. Most famously, it was adapted as a TV series by NBC in 1974, following a farm family living in Minnesota in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. Featuring an ensemble cast, the Ingalls family included Michael Landon as Charles, Karen Grassle as Caroline, Melissa Gilbert as Laura, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary, Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush as Carrie, and Matthew Labyorteaux as Albert.
At the time, Little House on the Prairie was a big hit for NBC, ultimately crossing the 200 episode mark with nine overall seasons. This past success has led to attempts to reboot the series in recent years, which includes an attempted movie adaptation that was reported in 2012 at Sony. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) was set to write the screenplay with David Gordon Green directing. The project stalled and wound up crumbling, but Trip Friendly had recently spoken about his desire to get a reboot off the ground.
It was something that I talked with my father about before he passed in 2007," Trip told Entertainment Weekly. "I really felt it would be exciting to reboot the material. Fans are eager to see Little House on the Prairie come back to the screen, and we agree the time is right. We feel optimistic that this will happen."
The reboot series will similarly be a one-hour drama, though it doesn't appear that it will have any connection to the previous iteration. That doesn't mean cameos aren't possible, as at least one original cast member is open to a special appearance.
"I'm just the right age to play Mrs. Oleson," said Alison Arngrim, who starred as young Nellie Olesen in seven seasons of the original show. "I'm totally there. I have no shame."
News of Little House on the Prairie getting rebooted also comes almost immediately after NBC announced that the classic series is heading to the streaming service Peacock. All nine seasons are now available on the streamer, but only for those subscribed to its Premium tier. Additionally, three two-hour specials - Litlte House on the Prairie: Bless All the Dear Children (1984); Little House on the Prairie: Look Back to Yesterday (1983); and Little House on the Prairie: The Last Farewell (1984) - are also streaming on Peacock.
It will be interesting to see if a new take on the series will find the same levels of success as the NBC show. The news of the Little House on the Prairie reboot comes to us from Entertainment Weekly.