Less than a week after the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox played a real MLB game at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, IA, Field of Dreams mania continues as NBCUniversal is setting up a TV series based on the iconic 1989 film. The show has received a straight-to-series order for NBC’s streaming service Peacock and will aim to “reimagine the mixture of family, baseball, Iowa and magic that makes the movie so enduring and beloved.” While it is easy to be cynical about the timing of this announcement and question the need for such a thing, the show hails from an interesting creator in the form of writer and executive producer Mike Schur, best known for the hit NBC series The Good Place. Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television had this to say:
“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. 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.”
Schur also recently co-created the Peacock series Rutherford Falls starring Ed Helms, which was renewed for a second season. While his involvement certainly gives this project a lot of potential, you have to wonder how he will pull it off both in terms of story and tone. If it is too comedic, it could easily turn off fans of the original. Field of Dreams also just received a video game tie-in as a special downloadable stadium added to MLB The Show 21. Would you have any interest in a Field of Dreams TV series?