'Big Valley' film rolls out

Daughter of the '60s series co-creator set to produce

Kate Edelman Johnson is planning a return to "The Big Valley."

The producer is spinning a feature film out of the 1960s TV show co-created by her father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching clan in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. Lee Majors, Richard Long and Linda Evans were among the regulars.

Daniel Adams ("The Golden Boys") has written the screenplay and will direct. Johnson and Adams' Panther Entertainment will produce, with an April start date planned for principal photography in Michigan and New Mexico.

Brian and Ethan Gilmore of Capitoline Global Finance, Anthony Gudas of Tax Credit Finance and Scot Butcher are financing.

Edelman produced such films as "White Heat" (1949) and "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942) as well as such TV series as "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" and "The Danny Thomas Show."

Bezzerides wrote the 1955 film "Kiss Me Deadly" and the novel that inspired "They Drive By Night" (1940).

Adams is in postproduction on "The Lightkeepers," which he co-wrote and directed, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.
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