True to the spirit of going through with some dog-shit stupid creation in the hopes of bringing back the dead, NBCUniversal’s Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to a drama based on the 1991 Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams.
The Good Place and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur, no stranger to the afterlife or small town livin’, will be writing the entire series solo. It’s said he “will reimagine the film’s mixture of family, baseball, and Iowa.”
For those who have never ventured into the Field of Dreams, Phil Alden Robinson’s original was the first movie that dared to ask, “What if constructing a baseball diamond in your Iowa cornfield magically resurrected some old players and your dead father?” Driven by a voice that insists, “If you build it, they will come,” Kevin Costner does that, and indeed, they come. Truly a bizarre premise.
But to its credit, its cloying pitch straight down the baseball-dad plate worked. Field of Dreams was a box office success and ended up earning a Best Picture nomination and a place on the National Film Registry. For its 30th anniversary, earlier this month the MLB even staged an actual game in an Iowa cornfield; it was such a ratings success, it’s already planned again for next year. This is a huge time for baseball necromancy.