October 10, 2007 / 4:54 AM / 12 years ago

Brad Silberling heads "Lost" expedition

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brad Silberling is set to direct Will Ferrell in “Land of the Lost,” a big-screen adaptation of the cult children’s TV series.

The Universal Pictures project, which is set to go before cameras in March, follows a disgraced paleontologist, his enthusiastic assistant and a macho tour guide who find themselves in a strange world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey-people and evil reptilian “Sleestaks” following a disastrous “routine expedition.”

Silberling’s boarding finally makes a go of “Lost,” which had been in development at Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. before Universal resurrected the project in spring 2005.

The TV series, from producers Sid and Marty Krofft (“H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters”), aired on NBC from 1974 to 1976.

Marty Krofft, who will serve as a producer with his older brother, praised the writers of the feature script, Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas.

“What they did is keep the integrity of the show, but they made it very funny for Will. The adventure is all there. There are going to be 50 Sleestaks!”

Silberling’s feature credits include “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “City of Angels” and “Casper.” He most recently directed “10 Items or Less.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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