Susan Sarandon is in talks to star in a feature adaptation of ABC’s ’60s TV series “The Big Valley.” Sarandon would play the role of Victoria Barkley, the character played by Barbara Stanwyck in the original.
Kate Edelman Johnson is producing the film, based on the show created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides.
In the Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, Stanwyck played the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley.
Edelman Johnson’s producing partner, Daniel Adams, has written the feature screenplay and will direct. Filming will start in May on location in Michigan and New Mexico.