Green Acres Heads to the Big Screen


A big screen version of the popular 1960s sitcom “Green Acres” is on the way, Deadline reports. The rights have just been purchased by Hollywood Media Bridge, a production company run by Phillip Goldfine and Richard L. Bare. Bare directed nearly every episode of the original series, which is available to view in its entirety on Hulu with he following official description:

Successful lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert) longs to leave behind the complications of modern society and life as a Manhattanite, and despite the protestations of his glamorous socialite wife Lisa (Eva Gabor), Oliver buys a farm from swindler Mr. Haney. The couple says goodbye to city life and takes up residence in Hooterville, USA. While there is some debate among the show’s fans as to the actual geographic location of Hooterville, one thing is clear: It exists in a state of mind-bending logic and hallucinatory natural laws, and is inhabited by an eccentric population that includes favorite son Arnold Ziffel, a multi-lingual, TV-watching pig. The farm Oliver has purchased is a shambles, the farmhouse in a state of advanced disrepair. Along with hired hand Eb, Oliver tries to make a go at being a gentleman farmer. Meanwhile, Lisa settles in to her new surroundings despite herself, and attempts to bring gracious living and the finer things to the oddball residents of this off-the-map town.

Bare has been trying to get a big screen version of “Green Acres” going for some time. It was also reported in 2012 that he was developing a Broadway version of the property, which, the outlet notes, is also moving forward with the acquisition.