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The Sleestaks From The LAND OF THE LOST Movie Look...Surprisingly Sleestaky!!

Merrick here...
USA Today has our first look at Sleestaks from the Ferrellfying of LAND OF THE LOST.
The plot involves three adults (not a dad and two kids as on TV) accidentally thrust into a realm ruled by dinosaurs, monkey-men called Pakuni and the murderous Sleestak. [EDIT] One difference: Instead of toting crossbows, the Sleestak draw quills from their spines and fire them like arrows.
...says THIS ARTICLE in USA Today. There are a few more details in the article, including word on director Brad Silberling's fight to realize the Sleestaks via "man in suit" methodology, rather than going with CGI creatures. The Sleestaks from the series looked like this:

The Sleestaks from the new movie? Look like this:

Hmmmm...even the backgrounds look the same? LAND OF THE LOST hits theaters next Summer.

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  • April 29, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    cool that they look the same

    by palewook

    but this movie is going to be a 2-2.5 at best

  • April 29, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Save your money for AVATAR

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • April 29, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    It'll suck..

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Two words: Will Ferrell

  • April 29, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    too sleestaky!

    by ironic_name

  • April 29, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Caveman revisited...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    I wouldn't mind if they went with the old claymation dinos in this one.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Ferrell Will Kill This For Me

    by Underoos Hero

    It's not like this was a great show to start with but Ferrill has been suckin lately. I like Will Ferrell and I liked this show as a kid. I have no idea what I am trying to say...I'll rent it.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    oh my

    by Raindog789

    I can hoist a flag on the pole I'm sporting. This just might not suck. Bring on Chaka Kahn!

  • April 29, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by Groothewarrior

  • April 29, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    will he play marshall willenholy?

    by ironic_name

  • April 29, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    will he play marshall willenholy?

    by ironic_name

  • April 29, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    They Look Like clones of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright!!!

    by Bill Brasky

    Obama! Your Chickens (sic) Sleestacks have come home to roost!!!!!!!!!

  • April 29, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Good luck picking up quills with those hands

    by The Outlander

    and firing them like arrows.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Anyone seen my pops?

    by Bastard Son of Superman

  • April 29, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    oddly unimpressed

    by ironic_name

  • April 29, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by goodwolf82

    Anyone else notice the profile of a Sleestack monument in the background? <P>Anyway, this looks and sounds like a really lame movie. I probably won't even bother to catch it on DVD.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I want to have

    by ReZourceman

    Will Ferrells man babies.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    oddly my shirt needs to be pressed

    by just pillow talk

  • April 29, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by GrandMuffTarkin

  • April 29, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Awww MAN!

    by Series7

    Can't wait for this!! Can... wait, I was going to say can Adam McKay save John's career as the King of old outdated show remakes? But Adam McKay, who showed surprisingly very talanted direction in Talladega Nights. Probably one of the best directed big budget comedies since Ghost Busters, I mean I wasn't a huge fan of that movie, but I really dug the racing sequences, I think they broke some record for flipping cars? So I thought maybe Adam McKay can make a good movie Land of the Lost, since it going to be a pretty big movie. He is more early Reitman less Shadyac and Oedekerk. Come to find out that its being directed by Brad Silberling (is he the first director to direct Carry and the John?). And his movies are boring to the nth degree. Though his best movie to date is Casper, which was an update of an outdated old tv show? Then again I was like 12 or something when I saw that movie last. Probably sucks now.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Look cool.

    by Diagnostic

    Glad they are going the guys in suits route.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I refuse to watch any movie with Will Farrell

    by krycek08

    fuck him and his forced, obnoxious "style." no, saying things louder and repeating it doesn't make it more funny. Dane Cook is his protege.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by LegoKenobi

    bring on ENIK!!

  • April 29, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    And on the 7th day...


    I will give Will Ferrell his humor back. *I have spoken*

  • April 29, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    This needs more CGI and black leather

    by Ye Not Guilty

    The Sleestacks need to be wearing black leather. Otherwise this will suck.

  • April 29, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...the nozzle!<br> Just kidding...

  • April 29, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    What about Will Ferrell then Krycek

    by half vader


  • April 29, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    On a Routine Expedition

    by Squashua

    Greatest earthquake ever known.

  • April 29, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Sleestaks vs. Silurians!

    by lynxpro

    What is really disappointing about evolution is that instead of the dinosaurs evolving into beings like the Sleestaks and the Silurians, they evolved into chickens. Epic fail.

  • April 29, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I wonder if any of the new Sleestack-suits...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...will show up in the upcoming A-Team movie.(Since Hannibal wore one in one episode of the original show.)

  • April 29, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Lynxpro - Kentucky Fried T-Rex

    by Yeti


  • April 29, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Playing it for laughs

    by darquelyte

    I don't like the idea of remaking this as a farce, same with $6 Million Man. Why not just play it straight like the new BSG? They could have made this "serious" with some comedic elements, rather than just playing it for laughs. I'll see it, but I don't have high hopes.

  • April 29, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Will Ferrell IS Steve Austin!!!

    by blackshuck

    How fucking good would that be?

  • April 29, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Will Ferrell?

    by Darth Macchio

    Sucks...sorry..had to say it. I think he's good on his own but these formulaic comedies he's been doing for seemingly forever are just old and boring hat at this point. He either plays hyper-cocky or hyper-pathetic but it's basically the same thing over and over and of course...he's got to be half naked...he's got to scream and yell....he's got to have some weird hair. How many sports movies with the exact same plot..just a different sport. I'm not saying there's no laugh-worthy moments...there always is...that's why it's not complete shite like "Date Movie" which seems like its a full sized production movie made up completely on the spot. <p><p><p>now that we know how the Sleestak will they sound? That's equally important but the most important thing about Land of the Lost...who's Chakka??<p><p><p>Who's Chakka?<p><p><p>Chakka?

  • April 29, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Sleestack: The Legend of Marshall Willenholly

    by Nico Toscani

    If John C. Reilly and David Koecher are the other two guys on the expedition I will be all about this movie!

  • April 29, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Chakka Chakka

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Chakachakachakachaka Chana Khan Chana Khan, Chana Khan, Chana Khan, Chana Khan let me rock ya Let me rock ya Chana Khan Let me rock ya 'cause all I wanna do Chana Khan let me rock ya Let me rock ya Chana Khan Let me rock ya 'cause I feel for you Chana Khan won't ya tell me what you want to do Will you feel for me the way I feel for you Chana Khan let me tell ya what I wanna do I wanna love ya wanna hug ya wanna squeeze ya too Let me take you in my arms, let me thrill ya with my charms Chaka 'Cause you know that I'm the one to keep you warm Chaka I'll make you more than just a physical dream I wanna rock you, Chaka Baby, cause you make me wanna scream Let me rock you, rock you

  • April 29, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    No kids

    by Beezbo

    Thank god they got rid of the kids. no kids and no CGI sleestaks? This could actually be good. But who are the two adults besides Will Ferrell? I hope not anyone from the Apatow camp.

  • April 29, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    New Shot Looks Like...

    by rxse7en

    an AT&T ad. More bars even in the Land of the Lost.

  • April 29, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    That's me!

    by sevadro

    Sleestack number 3. Alas, I died in the movie. Trampled by a retarded baby brontosaurus named Dopey.

  • April 29, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Where's Doug McClure when you need him?

    by Ninja Nerd

    The Land That Time Forgot, etc. This looks that kind of old Hammer Films / American International stuff. If they put this on at the Drive-In as part of a triple feature, I'm there!

  • April 29, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    cool. bush should be one, wouldnt need any makeup

    by pipergates

  • April 29, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    they look stupid and fake

    by ironic_name

    people who like this? gonna get laffed at!

  • April 29, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Does anyone remeber the early 90s LotL remake?

    by Raymar

    The lizard people there had some of the best makeups/animatronics I've ever seen on tv. Shame they didn't go that route.

  • April 29, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    It's only one pic, I know, but I'm glad the director is going for non-CG Sleestaks. I'm sure they'll be augmented with partial CG in the film, but this is the right directorial attitude, in my opinion.<p> I still can't believe they're making a film from "Land of the Lost." Cracks me up.

  • April 29, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I drive a Dodge Stratus!

    by Iron-kong

    One of his funnier skits on SNL.

  • April 29, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    But do they fart?

    by christian66

    Because that's going to be the level of humor in this waste of money.

  • April 29, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    It's funny. The fanboys bitch about practical effects over CGI.

    by Novaman5000

    And then when they get it, they say what everyone else has been saying for years: "It looks fake!" The problem with rubber suits is that they can't replicate the muscle/skin movements of a living breathing creature, so they come across as just what they are: Men in suits. To me, a perfect effect would feature practical effects to give the creature a physical presence, and then CG layered on top of that to give the creature realistic movements to make them believable. Blinking, nostrils flaring, Facial motions, etc. That's the way to go. You shouldn't get rid of practical effects completely, but you have to realize that when CGI is good, even the best rubber suits can't compare.

  • April 29, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    This being Land Of The Lost with Will Farrell

    by skimn

    why not go with traditional old school stop motion animation. Jim Danforth and Dave Allen nailed the tone perfectly for Ringo Starr's Caveman. Why wouldn't that approach work for this?

  • April 29, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I'm bumed about the Will Farell part of it.

    by Babba-Booey

    Shame on you Sid & Marty.

  • April 29, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Babba-Booey


  • April 29, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I for one

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    Am looking forward to this. I mean, for those bitching, it's Land of the Lost for christsakes. Will Ferrell is always Will Ferrell, save for the excellent Stranger Than Fiction, and I'm OK with that. He does it well. I think they should re-image more campy crap from the 70s and 80s. That's a goldmine that will keep on giving.

  • April 29, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by Hikaru Ichijo

    I was really afraid to look at this image, but it is exactly what Sleestaks should look like today.

  • April 29, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Chaka to be played by Geico Caveman

    by Abin Sur

    Doesn't matter which one.

  • April 29, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Will Chaka be one long poop joke?

    by fiester

    We can only hope...

  • April 29, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    This could be really good.

    by elvenblade

    I might be one of the only people who loved the Series of Unfortunate Events movie... I think it was a mistake to go with all adult actors, but we'll see how it goes.

  • April 29, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Queerbait

    No Chaka, it's not magic, it's a picture of me at the Cleveland Indians game. YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK !!!!!!!!

  • April 29, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    LOL, awesome!

    by odysseus

    I always wanted to start a punk band called "The Sleestacks." If only I knew how to play an instrument....

  • April 29, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    If you look closely, John Salley is right next to him.

  • April 29, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Too GREEN!!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Those rubber 'staks are too dark green! It needs to be more of a St. Patrick's Day green, not Pinesol green! Those uni-horns remind me of that metrosexual uni-horn hair lots of 90210 boys are wearing these days, where they somehow swoop their hair up. Me, I wouldn't know about that. I'm too busy doing manly things to notice how my hair is worn, or whether it's on fire or mottled in blood from a vicious headwound.

  • April 29, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone


  • April 29, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Cool Costumes

    by Toonol

    and set. Better than I hoped for. But I really don't like Wil Farrell, so I still don't have great hopes for the movie. It'll only work if it surprises people with more action/suspense/freaky pylon stuff and keeps the humor in check.

  • April 29, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Loooong way to go...

    by Pariah74

    to get me on board with a LotL comedy starring Wil Farrel. Especially when (as I predicted) the three adults in the story will be Screw Up Wil Marshal, his secret love of his life and a pompous ass that always makes Will look stupid who will be eaten by a dinosaur at the end because of his own asshattery. <br><br> Not an acceptable tribute to a beloved childhood memory.

  • April 29, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Those look kinda cool...

    by poeticwarriorII

    I just can't picture Will Ferrel in this though. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out.

  • April 29, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Soylentmean, you can't go around saying retarted

    by Yeti

    People will get offended because most of them are.

  • April 29, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    How sad it's come to Sid and Marty Kroft remakes

    by Orionsangels

    What's next Trix the rabbit the movie?

  • April 29, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Come on Hollywood-- Make a totally NON-CGI film.

    by ZeroCorpse

    I know it can be done. I seem to remember a time when action/scifi/horror films were made without computer-generated monsters, cities, people, fire, or anything else. I also remember that all my favorite movies in these genres are from BEFORE the CGI revolution took off. <p>

  • April 29, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    It wasn't really an argument.

    by Novaman5000

    Just a comment about the nature of some of the fanboys on this site. Personally, I think they look just like the original ones, the problem is the original ones didn't look particularly good. These just look like more detailed rubber suits, and that hurts their look for me. I'm not really a fan of them as is, but maybe with some CGI augmentation they could be cool. I guess i'd have to see them in motion.

  • April 29, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    This is a comedy.

    by mr.brownstone

    So lighten the fuck up.

  • April 29, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants


  • April 29, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Hive Mind

    that is all

  • April 29, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Wasted opportunity

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    From the moment I heard Will Ferrell was attached to this project, I lost interest. Not that I'm a Ferrell-hater; far from it. I own Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Elf, Stranger Than Fiction & the Best of W.F. on S.N.L. on DVD. But his one television spoof movie, Bewitched, was horrible (two, if you count Starsky & Hutch), as are most T.V. spoof movies, Addams Family nonwithstanding. Now, seeing that they got the sleestaks right (updated enough to not look as cheap and cheesy as the original costumes, but overall faithful), it just pisses me off even more that this thing is probably going to be another inane piece of shit spoof. Plus, the original series was cheesy enough to be a self-parody anyway. But if you get past the cheap sets and costumes, bad acting, inept direction and laugh-out-loud special effects, there was a concept that had potential for a great summer blockbuster in the right hands. Oh, well; what do you do? That's Hollywood.

  • April 29, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    "Nice statue in the background. They worship themselves." So, what's your take on Mt. Rushmore. Just wonderin'.

  • April 29, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    The winner... CHIM CHIM!!! WOOOOT!

  • April 29, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Chaka's look will make or break this for me.

    by Margot Tenenbaum


  • April 29, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by Yeti

    The last time I use the Lindsay Lohan Spellchecker.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Soylent, it's attitudes like yours...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...that will make a mockery of this big-screen adaptation.

  • April 29, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by alice 13

    will it have sleestak dogs?

  • April 29, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Will Ferrell...another Brady Bunch like parody

    by TRON

    Personally I think Gary Cole would make a great Marshall. Its just another excuse for Will Farell to wear a 70's FRO.

  • April 29, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I don't know, I like the look of it so far

    by Gozu

    It probably won't be very good, but practical effects always catch my eye.

  • April 29, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Brilliant line, Tom Bodet!

    by Uncapie

    "I've abandoned my Sleestack!"

  • April 29, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Men in suits?

    by slicer

    This is gonna be a crap-fest! Here's one instance where they SHOULD HAVE went with CGI! It's going to look cheesy as hell!

  • April 30, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I'd love this even more

    by Teddy Artery

    if it was just as bad as the original. It'll bring new meaning to 'audience participation' by forcing you to use your imagination to fill in for horribly cheesy effects work. Sigh... those were the days.

  • April 30, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    i like it

    by ArcadianDS

    too many talkbackers dont have anything else to hate on today. Maybe another speed racer trailer will hit, and they'll forget all about this movie again.<p> If Ferrel plays it up straight, I'm watching this in the theater. If he plays this up for self-referential slap-stick, I'll watch it for free on TNT 5 months after its premier.

  • April 30, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Nothing else matters but Chakka.

    by Darth Macchio

    Will Ferrel should be played by a broom handle with a rainbow afro wig, a whoopee cushion, a pink garbage bag filled with oatmeal strapped to the handle, one of those singing mounted fish from 10 years ago...maybe some confetti or some plastic vomit. Seriously, would you even be able to tell the difference?

  • April 30, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Will work if it's like "Galaxy Quest"

    by Jeditemple

    Action/comedy combo might just work. I just hope they can reign-in Will Ferrell a bit. He is a fan of the original series, so he might make this work and take it serious. But then again...

  • May 1, 2008, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by odo19

    The Addams Family movies. I have'nt thought about those in years. I think they were great. Or they were at least the best TV spoof movies. At least I think.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    skylons *shiver*

    by freq

    Man, there were moments in the original series that creeped me out as a kid. And will Chaka speak authentic Pakuni? Hmmm??? If they screw this up i hope Pearl beats Will within an inch of his life.

  • May 31, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Land of the Lost

    by ObiWan Knievel

    If you're interested in Land of the Lost, you might want to visit my fan site with coverage of both versions of the TV series and the latest news on the upcoming movie.