Following the issuance of a series order at Peacock, Universal has announced that the upcoming television adaptation of field of dreams is gearing up to begin filming in Iowa later this summer. Michael Schur, creator of fan-favorite shows Parks and recreation, Brooklyn nine-nineand The right place, will produce and write the new series which uses a local team, vendors and other vendors to support all phases of production. Production offices and location scouting have already begun in Hawkeye State, filming for the series will also take place in Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Los Angeles, Calif., according to a press release.
“The creative team behind this limited series cares deeply about the legacy of ‘Field of Dreams,’ and we felt we just couldn’t make it happen without filming in Iowa,” said executive producers Michael Schur. and Morgan Sackett. “You can’t think about the movie without thinking about the state – and vice versa. We’re thrilled to have the cooperation of Produce Iowa and many local businesses, who will help us bring the series to life.” Erin Underhill, President of Universal Television, added, “We are thrilled to begin production on ‘Field of Dreams’ where this momentous journey began…Iowa. We look forward to giving back to the community with our new training initiative and knock this series out of the park!”
The upcoming limited series is based on the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, a staple of actor Kevin Costner’s career. According to the studio, the series will “reimagine the mix of family, baseball, and magic connecting these themes.” Based on the novel Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella, the original field of dreams told the story of a farmer, Ray Kinsella of Costner, who hears a voice encouraging him to build a baseball diamond in his family’s cornfield that attracts the spirits of dead baseball players, but the purpose of the field is bigger than just watching old baseball players come back to the game.
Upon its release, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Picture (lost to Driving Miss Daisy). The field that was created for the film was left as it was after production and has since been a tourist destination. Last year’s MLB at Field of Dreams event saw the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees face off at the venue. In 2017, the original field of dreams has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress