Field of Dreams is having a monumental year in 2021. First, the second of three Kevin Costner baseball movies celebrated its 30th anniversary, then there was the Field of Dreams game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox that had sons calling their dads to talk about the splendor of the emotional event, and now there will be a Peacock series reimagining one of the best sports movies of all time.
In case you haven’t heard, Michael Schur, the longtime writer from The Office, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, and all-around baseball enthusiast, has been tasked with reimagining the story of Ray Kinsella’s odyssey to reconnect with his long gone father. And while we don’t know anything about the cast or when we’ll see the Field of Dreams TV Show, there are a few early details that have us all a little excited (and misty-eyed).
Field Of Dreams Was Given A Straight-To-Series Order By Peacock In August 2021
In August 2021, on the heels of the Major League Baseball’s special game on the site of where Field of Dreams was filmed, Peacock announced that the streaming service would soon become home to a scripted drama series based on the Phil Alden Robinson beloved classic, which itself was adapted from W.P. Kinsella’s mystifying novel. Even better, the series, which is being written and produced by Michael Schur, was given a straight-to-series order meaning there won’t be a pilot process, and unless the unthinkable happens, we’ll be going back to the cornfields of Iowa and their ghostly players seeking redemption and one final catch very, very soon.
The Field Of Dreams Peacock Show Will Reimagine The 1989 Kevin Costner Movie
The Field of Dreams TV show on Peacock will reimagine the 1989 Universal Pictures film, recreating the magic and sense of wonder that made the movie strike a chord with audiences around the world upon its release and millions upon millions ever since. We still don’t know how the story will be told or if Michael Schur will incorporate any of the elements of W.P. Kinsella’s original book that were left out of the film adaptation (though we probably won’t be seeing a version of J.D. Salinger in place of Terence Mann) . But if Peacock sticks to its plan to recreate the story about family, baseball, Iowa, and the magic of our dreams, then we’ll be in for one exciting and emotional ride.
Field Of Dreams Is Not The First Michael Schur TV Show To Land At Peacock
When Field of Dreams debuts on Peacock at some point in the near future, it will be the second series from Michael Schur to land on the streaming platform, the first being the critically acclaimed comedy series Rutherford Falls, which was one of the most anticipated Peacock originals when it was first announced. The Ed Helms-led comedy was picked up for a second season in July 2021, per TVLine.
Michael Schur Will Produce Field Of Dreams Alongside Lawrence Gordon Who Spearheaded The Original
Another thing about the Field of Dreams TV show that should have fans of the movie (and book) excited is the fact that Lawrence Gordon, who was one of the driving forces behind the 1989 movie, will be producing the series alongside Michael Schur. Gordon’s connection to Field of Dreams goes all the way back to the early 1980s when the films eventual screenwriter and director Phil Alden Robinson brought the book to his attention. Over the course of the next decade, Gordon, and his late brother Charles Gordon, did everything they could to make the movie a reality. Charles Gordon passed away in October 2020, following a battle with cancer, per Deadline.
Field Of Dreams Will Also Be Michael Schur’s Dramatic Television Debut
Throughout his career, Michael Schur has made a name for himself as one of the funniest and most prolific television writers and producers, with shows like Saturday Night Live, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, and Rutherford Falls showing off his unique sense of humor. Well, the two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner will be trying his hand at drama for the first time with Field of Dreams, as pointed out by The Hollywood Reporter. Now, this isn’t to say the Peacock series will be devoid of humor considering the 1989 film had several humorous moments littered throughout the sports drama.
It will also be fun to see how Michael Schur handles the more touching moments of Field of Dreams with his involvement in crafting more sympathetic characters like Michael Scott on The Office.
Michael Schur Is A Diehard Baseball Fan And Has Even Covered The Sport Under The Pseudonym Ken Tremendous
One thing we won’t have to worry about with the Field of Dreams TV Show on Peacock will the attention to detail when it comes to baseball or the way in which the series will showcase the love of the game shown in the 1989 film of the same name. In case you weren’t aware, Michael Schur is a diehard baseball fan who has been following the game for years.
From April 2005 until November 2008, Michael Schur, under the pseudonym Ken Tremendous (which is still his Twitter name), Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, and Parks and Recreation writer Dave King, ran the Fire Joe Morgan sports blog, which Sports Illustrated named one of the five most influential sites of its kind in 2009. The website, which had a focus on humor as much as it did in-depth statistical analysis, was groundbreaking in its approach to sports journalism and its impact can still be felt more than a decade after its final post.
Michael Schur continues to discuss baseball on his Twitter as well as The PosCast, which is published the The Athletic and has featured guests ranging from Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman to baseball journalist Ken Rosenthal.
There is still a lot about the Field of Dreams TV show we don’t yet know at this point, but check out all the shows on the 2021 fall TV schedule that will soon be available for Peacock Premium subscribers.
Philip grew up in Louisiana (not New Orleans) before moving to St. Louis after graduating from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. When he's not writing about movies or television, Philip can be found being chased by his three kids, telling his dogs to stop yelling at the mailman, or yelling about professional wrestling to his wife. If the stars properly align, he will talk about For Love Of The Game being the best baseball movie of all time.
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