After wandering in the entertainment industry wilderness for years, Sid and Marty Krofft are set to emerge with a higher profile than they’ve ever had, as Will Ferrell introduces the world to his big budget adaptation of the Krofft’s trippy 70s TV thrillride, “Land of the Lost.” There’s no time for the septuagenarian brothers to rest however, because they’re now ramping up another adaptation of one of their vintage Saturday morning kids show: “H.R. Pufnstuf.”
Running for just seventeen episodes on NBC from 1969 to 1972, “Pufnstuf” told the acid-washed tale of a boy named Jimmy who rides a magical boat to Living Island, only to get stranded there by bushy-browed evildoer Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo. If the Kroffts play their cards right, Johnny Depp -- who’s played beloved children’s book characters like Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the Mad Hatter in the upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” -- will portray Witchiepoo.
“Our wish!” Sid told MTV News while promoting “Land of the Lost.”
“Johnny, no one asked you to do it yet,” Marty said, addressing Depp. “But we’re dreaming that you’d do it!”
“Chris Rock will play Jimmy!” laughed Sid. “I’m only kidding!”
While casting is not yet underway, Sony Pictures has settled on other key ingredients. Dennis McNicholas, who co-wrote “Land of the Lost" and is a longtime “Saturday Night Live” scribe, will be penning the script. The director will be Conrad Vernon.
“We have a director that never did a live-action movie, so we’re taking a big chance,” Marty said with a sly grin. “He did two cartoons that are very small. ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Monsters vs Aliens.’”
“He’s a huge fan of Pufnstuf," added Sid. “The guy is a genius.”
The film is shaping up to be a blend of live-action and CGI animation, so Vernon should be more than comfortable. “We’re going to mix everything,” said Sid.
From Jimmy to Mayor H.R. Pufnstuf himself, who should possibly join Depp in the cast? What other old school Saturday morning shows should get a big screen adaptation?