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The Big Valley: Susan Sarandon & Ryan Phillipe Star in Movie, Lee Majors to Appear

In the '50s and '60s, TV westerns often dominated the primetime schedules, but by the early '70s, they all seemed go by the wayside. Attempts to revive them haven't been met with much success, save for the Maverick feature film starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner.

Now The Big Valley, the western series that launched the careers of Linda Evans and Lee Majors, is going to take a stab at a remake, with Susan Sarandon, Ryan Phillipe, Richard Drefuss, and Bruce Dern in key roles.

The Big Valley originally ran on ABC from 1965 to 1969. Barbara Stanwyck plays a widowed matriarch running a ranch in California. She has three sons and a daughter (Richard Long, Peter Breck, Charles Briles, and Linda Evans). Her late husband's illegitimate son (Lee Majors) joins the clan as the series begins. The family's youngest son,
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'Big Valley' to make big screen roots

.The Big Valley. is headed to a much bigger screen.According to Variety, the 1960s television Western that starred Barbara Stanwyck is being adapted into an independent feature by Kate Edelman Johnson and Daniel Adams through their Panther Entertainment banner.Adams will direct the film from his own script, whose storyline was developed with series creators Louis F. Edelman and A.I. Bezzerides. Plot borrows elements from the show.s pilot and several episodes.Roles have not yet been cast.In the show, Stanwyck played the widowed matriarch of the wealthy Barkley family living in 19th-century Stockton, Calif.The series, which ran from 1964-69 on ABC, also starred Richard Long, Peter Breck and Charles Briles, and launched the careers of Linda Evans and Lee Majors.Pre-production on .The
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