The Good Place and Parks and Recreation writer-producer Michael Schur is working on a streaming series based on the beloved 1989 baseball film, Field of Dreams. The show will stream on Peacock, the NBCUniversal service where the original movie is now playing.
“Through the years, Field of Dreams has remained a fan favorite, maintaining its rightful position in the zeitgeist,” Lisa Katz — president of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming — said in a statement Monday. “It’s whimsical and grounded, a space where Mike Schur excels, and we’re looking forward to bringing a new version of this classic to Peacock.”
“Field of Dreams is an iconic Universal Film title from venerable producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon, that we could only have entrusted to Mike Schur,” added Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television. “His talent, his love for baseball and his reverence for its themes make him the perfect choice to revisit this beloved film that evokes nostalgia and visceral emotion in so many of its fans.” No casting has been announced yet. Schur also writes and produces the sitcom, Rutherford Falls, for Peacock. He previously worked on the NBC series, The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The Field of Dreams project is part of a pact between Schur and Universal Television where Schur’s Fremulon production company is based, The Hollywood Reporter said. Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta, the film was based on W.P. Kinsella’s 1982 novel, Shoeless Joe. It is about a man who inexplicably feels compelled to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his Iowa cornfield and finds it attracting the ghosts of baseball greats from the past.
Variety said the film is regarded as one of the best baseball movies ever made. Field of Dreams was in the media headlines last week when a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox was played where the movie was filmed, Sports Illustrated noted. Costner attended the game.
It is unclear if the actor and filmmaker will have anything to do with the TV version of Field of Dreams.