The TV adaptation “Field of Dreams” no longer takes place at Peacock, Variety learned exclusively. Universal Television is currently selling the project to other outlets.
The show adaptation of the 1989 film was ordered direct from Peacock in August 2021. Michael Schur was brought in as writer and executive producer under Fremulon, while Lawrence Gordon of The Gordon Company also executive produced with David Miner of 3 Arts and Morgan Sacket. The Gordon Company produced the original film, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan and the late Ray Liotta.
The show was a reinterpretation of the movie, in which an Iowa farmer (Costner) was seen building a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield after being prompted by a mysterious, alien voice. The field eventually draws the minds of legendary baseball players such as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Liotta).
The film is based on WP Kinsella’s 1982 novel Shoeless Joe. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Schur’s credits include creating ‘The Good Place’, co-creating ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and Peacock’s ‘Rutherford Falls’, which recently released its second season. He also executive produced Freevee’s upcoming “Primo” and HBO Max’s breakthrough hit “Hacks.” He currently has a reported nine figure deal with Universal TV.
This is now the second high-profile project from a rich blanket deal producer that has pulled the plug in the past month. Earlier in June, HBO announced it was not continuing with JJ Abrams’ original sci-fi series “Demimonde.” That show was rumored to come with a sizable price tag, at a time when the newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery on orders from CEO David Zaslav wants to cut major spending.
“Field of Dreams” would also have been the second beloved baseball movie to be adapted into a streaming series. Amazon is gearing up to launch its own adaptation of “A League of Their Own,” which will debut on August 12.