Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Is Getting a TV Reboot Rather Than a Movie

By  · Published on February 12th, 2015

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Back in 2008, it seemed all of Sid and Marty Krofft’s classic TV kids’ shows were heading for the big screen. Then, Land of the Lost arrived first and seemingly last, bombing big enough to kill every other Krofft adaptation in development. Well, there’s been continued talk of the H.R. Pufnstuf movie, but otherwise you forty-somethings appeared to have safe childhoods again. For a while.

Now there’s a new plan to rape those memories of yours in the form of a different kind of rehash. Amazon Studios has ordered a new pilot from the Kroffts based on Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. That series, about a nice sea monster who befriends a couple of boys and lives in their clubhouse, was one of the titles optioned seven years ago to be produced by Jimmy Miller (he was also involved with Land of the Lost) with a script by The Simpsons writer Dana Gould.

It’s too bad Amazon can’t get the Kroffts to come up with something new, but nostalgia value aside, it’s possible Sid and Marty have been drawing blanks as far as new ideas for decades. I think their last original program was D.C. Follies in the 1980s. Since then, they’ve tried remaking other people’s shows (Family Affair) and their own (Electra Woman and Dyna Girl) and turning their classics into feature films.

The attempt to bring back Electra Woman in 2001 only went as far as a pilot, which was never aired. The same could happen with the new Sigmund, as Amazon hasn’t committed to anything more. That’s their thing, though, producing pilots and then letting subscribers of Amazon Prime decide which programs go to series. I don’t know that enough older fans or potential new ones will be any more interested than they were with the Land of the Lost movie.

There might be more people in existence who still remember the band Tripping Daisy, who covered the show’s theme song in the ‘90s.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.