February 11, 2010 / 4:30 AM / 9 years ago

Susan Sarandon eyeing big-screen "Big Valley"

Actor Susan Sarandon attends the premier of Lovely Bones in New York, December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Susan Sarandon is in talks to become the matriarch of the Barkley clan.

Kate Edelman Johnson is producing a feature film version of “The Big Valley,” based on the TV show created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley of California.

Sarandon would play the part of Victoria Barkley, originated by Stanwyck.

Edelman Johnson’s producing partner, Daniel Adams (“The Lightkeepers”), has written the feature screenplay and will direct.

“I am so thrilled to be filming this project, not only to honor my father and Miss Stanwyck but to bring a great woman’s part to the screen as head of this historical family saga,” Edelman Johnson said.

20th Century Fox, which distributes the TV show on DVD, has first option on the North American distribution rights to the feature project.

Sarandon last appeared in “The Lovely Bones” and will next be seen in the Oliver Stone-directed sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” which Fox will release in April.

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