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Will Ferrell will star in ''Land of the Lost''

Will Ferrell will star in ”Land of the Lost.” He’ll play the dinosaur-dodging dad in the movie version of the Saturday morning TV classic

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Will Ferrell: Jennifer Graylock/AP

You’d think Will Ferrell would have had enough of movies inspired by 1960s and ’70s TV, after Starsky & Hutch and this summer’s Bewitched, not to mention Anchorman. But no. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s starring in Universal’s big-screen version of Land of the Lost, to be directed by Anchorman‘s Adam McKay. In the classic 1974-77 Saturday morning series from trippy puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft, forest ranger Rick Marshall and his son and daughter are whitewater rafting on ”a routine expedition” (as the theme song puts it), when an earthquake opens up a time warp that plunges them into a prehistoric world of dinosaurs, cavemen, and strange creatures (like the lizard-men known as Sleestaks).

Presumably, the movie will complete Ferrell’s transition from raunchy, shameless, R-rated movie comic into a more family-friendly star, a process that began with Elf and continues this summer with Kicking & Screaming and Bewitched. That is, unless someone else has been cast as Marshall and Ferrell is just playing a Sleestak.