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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 16, 2021 at 07:31 PM (#6034650)
Could be real good, but I'll never see it because there's no way in hell I'm shelling out for Peacock+. Just glad I bought the Parks and Rec DVDs way back when. Seemed like a dumb investment for a while, but now I have the whole show at my fingertips without giving NBC $15 a month I don't have.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: August 16, 2021 at 07:39 PM (#6034652)
What's the premise -- every week a different dead baseball great walks out of the cornfield?
   3. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:15 PM (#6034654)
What's the premise -- every week a different dead baseball great walks out of the cornfield?


And is a zombie or a vampire.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:32 PM (#6034657)
Children of the corn!

Given it's Schur I assume it won't be a "heartwarming weep-fest" but it's tailor made to have a guest star come to the Field every week and have their life's problems magically solved. Instead I imagine the first couple of seasons will be a long, drawn-out version of the book/movie -- season 1 is Ray (thank God I think Ray Romano is too old) travelling the country with Morgan Freeman? Danny Glover? ** searching for Moonlight (James Cromwell?), who they find at the end of season 1. Season 2 starts with Moonlight but is mostly set amongst the gruff but lovable and quirky inhabitants of Ray's hometown as he goes ahead with his insane plan, culminating in Shoeless Joe's appearance. After that, completely out of ideas, season 3 has Ray's wife commit mass murder with her dragons.

** JEJ is still alive and I hope in good enough health to at least provide some narration.
   5. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:38 PM (#6034658)
Weird that it's a drama. Schur and Sackett have written and produced some of the best comedies of this century, and Miner's resume is almost exclusively half-hour comedies. I'll definitely check it out. I'm also not paying for Peacock. Arrrr.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:39 PM (#6034659)
The movie was corny, but I liked it. The game they put together the other day was pure American cheesyness and I loved it.

This I'm not sold on. It'll end up being too little baseball and end up as some expose on the struggles of the American family in modern times type of thing.
   7. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:48 PM (#6034661)
I mean, Schur has proven himself adept with magical realism, midwestern nice, and (very specifically) afterlife stories. He's entrenched enough to make a show that takes the original picture & / or book as an inspiration, without having to be conservative about it. Oh, and he's really, really good.
   8. Jay Seaver Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:56 PM (#6034664)
What's the premise -- every week a different dead baseball great walks out of the cornfield?


Maybe not a baseball great, but if Schur wants to do deep dives into players who had interesting stories or whose careers were cut short , there might be 8-13 stories a year. I don't know how that works anchored to the field, but even police procedurals are pretty serial these days, with fans talking much more about the subplots than the week's A story, and I'm not a professional television writer. Build up a local ensemble so that the show isn't dependent on 2 guest stars every week and they could all be encountering ballplayers at various points.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:59 PM (#6034666)
As I said above, as long as baseball is the main focus, then it could be pretty cool, like a 5 WAR show.
Typically midwest family struggling in modern times with the occasional baseball reference/side story, will end up being very average, like a 1.5 WAR show.
   10. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 16, 2021 at 08:59 PM (#6034667)
there's no way in hell I'm shelling out for Peacock+

There are...other ways to get ahold of such things. (Not that I would know how, of course.)
   11. sanny manguillen Posted: August 16, 2021 at 10:30 PM (#6034679)
It's kind of odd that they seem to have the rights to the movie, rather than the source book.

I'll say that they find out the magic thing proves to work in other cornfields, and they form up a little league. Ray proves to be a skinflint owner, so the White Sox throw the Series again.
   12. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 12:37 AM (#6034684)
I love most of Schur's stuff so I'll definitely check this out. And we already have the Peacock subscription to watch Premier League games, so it's nothing extra.
   13. 57i66135 right now is attacking rest Posted: August 17, 2021 at 01:11 AM (#6034686)
since it hasn't been mentioned yet in this thread, and on the off chance that anyone has forgotten, i'll just throw a reminder out that mike schur was one of the creators of the "fire joe morgan" blog, where he posted under the username "ken tremendous".

   14. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: August 17, 2021 at 02:36 AM (#6034687)
Given it's Schur I assume it won't be a "heartwarming weep-fest"


Is this sarcasm, because like him or not Schur is saccharine as a mother.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: August 17, 2021 at 02:57 AM (#6034689)
But on the wacky side, not the weepy drama side.
   16. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 17, 2021 at 08:07 AM (#6034694)
Huh. Just listened to the Posnanski-Schur podcast episode about the Field of Dreams game, which they both attended. I understand not wanting to jump the gun on an official announcement but there was no hint at all of anything like this.
   17. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 17, 2021 at 08:16 AM (#6034696)
"Watch as Orval Overall comes out of the cornfield...this week on Field of Dreams...brought to you by Draft Kings...!!"

   18. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: August 17, 2021 at 08:23 AM (#6034698)
If this was anyone other than Schur I'd be pretty wary. He's done really well but I just don't see this movie as a series.

Now Bull Durham on the other hand, man that would be a great series.
   19. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 09:03 AM (#6034703)
"Watch as Orval Overall comes out of the cornfield...this week on Field of Dreams...brought to you by Draft Kings...!!"

If MLB's Official Bookmaking Rackets are going to sponsor the series, then it only makes sense for the show to be about the career of Hal Chase.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 09:23 AM (#6034705)

since it hasn't been mentioned yet in this thread, and on the off chance that anyone has forgotten, i'll just throw a reminder out that mike schur was one of the creators of the "fire joe morgan" blog, where he posted under the username "ken tremendous".


Ray's brother is going to use the law firm of Babip, Pecota, Vorp and Eckstein to force Ray off the land.
   21. Traderdave Posted: August 17, 2021 at 09:43 AM (#6034706)
If MLB's Official Bookmaking Rackets are going to sponsor the series, then it only makes sense for the show to be about the career of Hal Chase.


That would be far more watchable than FoD or TGP.
   22. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 17, 2021 at 09:46 AM (#6034708)
If each week's episode ends with the Yankees coughing up a lead in the ninth inning, I'll watch.
   23. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 09:47 AM (#6034709)
Now Bull Durham on the other hand, man that would be a great series.


I do think you could turn that into a decent series. It was awful as a movie.
   24. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 10:02 AM (#6034710)
I think you could do a fun series where each episode is a take on "Field of Dreams" in a different genre:


You start with episode 1 in the shlocky style of the original. Then maybe you do a couple of episodes as romantic comedy and/or slapstick. Then you move to something darker, a "Monkey's Paw"-type horror episode where Ray builds the field and the players return, but they're all shriveled corpses and not the players as he remembers them from his youth. And then the finale is a psychological thriller, where we learn that all along Ray's just been progressively going mad, and the last scene is a riff on The Shining with a chase through a corn-field maze that they opened next door to the baseball field to try to keep themselves out of bankruptcy.

FoD is almost uniquely suited to this kind of thing.
   25. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 17, 2021 at 10:02 AM (#6034711)
Mike appears to have last visited this site in October 2018.
   26. SoSH U at work Posted: August 17, 2021 at 10:18 AM (#6034713)
Mike appears to have last visited this site in October 2018.


The middle portion of that sentence could be used an awful lot.

   27. John DiFool2 Posted: August 17, 2021 at 01:10 PM (#6034739)
If each week's episode ends with the Yankees coughing up a lead in the ninth inning, I'll watch.


Last I checked Aroldis Chapman isn't dead. Yet. [his arm might be, maybe that can waft through the cornfield]
   28. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 17, 2021 at 02:13 PM (#6034753)
The first episode begins with every (non-living) MLB player ever coming out of the cornfield, in order of when they died, starting with this guy.
   29. NattyBoh Posted: August 17, 2021 at 04:36 PM (#6034772)
Now Bull Durham on the other hand, man that would be a great series.


I love Susan Sarandon, but she's seventy-five
   30. Tin Angel Posted: August 17, 2021 at 04:54 PM (#6034775)
It could be like the series Yellowstone where other farmers want a piece of the Field of Dreams money, big money resorts try to take some of the land, and Costner fights them off the only way he knows how- with violence.

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