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Monday, August 16, 2021

‘Field of Dreams’ TV Drama From Mike Schur Gets Peacock Series Pickup

Is this heaven?

Field of Dreams, the iconic Kevin Costner-led baseball movie, is coming to television. The Good Place creator Mike Schur is adapting the 1989 feature as a scripted drama, which has been ordered straight to series at Peacock.

Schur, a noted baseball superfan, will write the series and exec produce alongside Lawrence Gordon (who produced the movie via his Gordon Co.), David Miner and Morgan Sackett (The Good Place, Hacks, Rutherford Falls). The Field of Dreams TV series hails from Universal Television, where Schur and his Fremulon banner is based with a rich overall deal. Field of Dreams, the first series Schur will write solo since wrapping The Good Place, is the Parks and Rec and The Office alum’s dramatic debut.

Peacock says its Field of Dreams series will reimagine the movie’s mixture of family, baseball, Iowa and magic that made the feature so enduring and beloved. The movie — produced by Universal Pictures — is based on W.P. Kinsella’s 1982 novel about Shoeless Joe Jackson — a member of the infamous “Black Sox” team of the Chicago White Sox who threw the 1919 World Series in exchange for money from a gambling syndicate. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including best picture, adapted screenplay and score. Peacock is the streaming home for the film, which in addition to Costner, featured a cast that included Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta (as Shoeless Joe) and Burt Lancaster.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2021 at 06:41 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Friday, August 13, 2021

Field of Dreams game was great, now MLB should expand on build-a-stadium concept in more locations

The first time was for the game at Fort Bragg, between the Marlins and Braves on July 3, 2016. After the contest, the grandstands were dismantled, leaving a multipurpose field on the grounds. Same thing with the Dyersville location; the stands will be dismantled in the next few weeks, but the field will remain.

Now, MLB, it’s time to expand this idea.

But instead of just bathing in the nostalgia of a favorite baseball movie — as much as I’d love a ballpark constructed in Los Angeles to look like The Sandlot’s field — MLB should use the idea to leave a legacy. Find locations of actual historical significance, build a ballpark and throw a celebration. Then, after the crowds leave and the stands are taken down, let the field live on as a testing ground for the next generation of potential major league stars.

How cool would it be for high school players (and little leaguers, with field size adjustments that wouldn’t be impossible) to step up to the same plate on a field that opened with big-leaguers digging into that same dirt? To roam the outfield, diving on that same grass?

Let’s make it happen. First, a thought: To replicate the Fort Bragg/Dyersville situations, there needs to be land available. As awesome as it would be to build a stadium where, let’s say, Josh Gibson and his Homestead Grays played, building in the middle of Pittsburgh is more complicated than building on a military base or cornfield, right?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2021 at 02:26 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

What to know about Field of Dreams Game

“Is this heaven?”

No, it’s Iowa—and when Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Tim Anderson and José Abreu take their first steps out of the cornfield with their teammates on Thursday evening, they’ll bring “Field of Dreams” from the big screen to the big leagues.

The Yankees and White Sox are ready to “go the distance” in the long-awaited contest in Dyersville, Iowa, the first Major League game played in Iowa.

“Field of Dreams is a great movie; it embraces family and what the game’s all about,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who will miss the game to attend the funeral of his sister’s husband. “It’s a very special opportunity. Our guys are really excited to be there. I’ve seen some of their comments already. It should be a great day.”

To Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Field of Dreams Game fits right alongside Major League Baseball’s ventures in special events like the London Series, the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa., and a 2016 game played at a military base in Fort Bragg, N.C.

“I think we all have a nostalgic view of Field of Dreams,” Boone said. “These things in the course of a long season have all been great ideas and winners in my mind for Major League Baseball. It’s something that I think our entire group is really looking forward to being a part of.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 10:36 PM | 31 comment(s)
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