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In theaters: June 5 Studio: Universal Director: Brad Silberling Starring: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, and Jorma Taccone
Silberling's update of the 1974 Sid and Marty Krofft TV series takes the familiar characters and creatures and transports them to an entirely new world. "When Will and I started talking about the movie, I remembered the power of a young imagination," Silberling says. "I hadn't seen the material for more than 30 years, so anything that stuck in my head had to be in the movie."
That means the film preserves some key elements - such as the creepy, reptilian Sleestaks (no longer NBA players in green pajamas) - and updates others, making Friel's and McBride's characters a co-worker and innocent bystander, respectively, rather than the children of Rick Marshall (Ferrell). "When we meet Marshall, he's a fallen celebrity paleontologist," Silberling notes. "Holly [Friel] comes in from Cambridge to prop him up and make him believe in himself. Will [McBride] runs a lousy roadside attraction where Marshall and Holly believe there's a time portal to another world."
That other world is where the three humans find themselves pitted for survival against the Sleestaks, the chimpanzee-like Pakuni, and a full complement of dinosaurs. "Marshall is constantly trying to narrate all the traits of the dinosaurs, to impress his colleagues, but he's wrong again and again in a way only Will Ferrell can be," Silberling says. "We wanted to create this Moby Dick story, where the dinosaur overhears Marshall disparaging its intelligence and begins this vendetta."