‘Field of Dreams’ TV series has struck out … for now

A possible “Field of Dreams” television series – which could partially be filmed in Clinton, Iowa – appears to have struck out and will not be made … maybe.

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reported on Thursday, June 30, that the TV series based on the 1989 blockbuster movie would not be moving forward. It was reported that the streaming service Peacock decided to not start production on the series this fall. It was not announced why the production was canceled.

However, the “Field of Dreams” show still might get another chance to bat. THR also reported that Universal Television is in the process of talking to interested buyers for the TV show.

Just a few days before that announcement, there were hopes that part of the series would be filmed at NelsonCorp Field in Clinton this fall.

“We fully support this endeavor and hope they are able to find a network to call home,” Leslie Webster, Grow Clinton’s director of placemaking and tourism, said in a statement to the QCBJ.

In late June, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds awarded Universal Television a $6 million grant for the “Field of Dreams” television series. It had been set to begin filming in Iowa in a few months.

The governor previously announced that she would use $100 million in federal pandemic relief to boost tourism and quality of life projects in Iowa. The first batch of “Destination Iowa” awards included the new TV series to reimagine the iconic movie “Field of Dreams.” 

The series was scheduled to be filmed in Iowa including at sites in Polk, Boone, Mahaska and Clinton counties, according to a news release from the governor’s office. 

“We are excited to be part of the upcoming ‘Field of Dream’ television series. Although we do not have many specific details provided to us yet, we expect to host filming at our NelsonCorp Field, home of the Clinton Lumberkings, sometime in September or October,” Ms. Webster told the QCBJ before the news reports that the show may not materialize.

Released in 1989, “Field of Dreams” is one of the most prominent movies linked to the State of Iowa and was filmed primarily in Dubuque County including a farm near Dyersville. The movie is based on “Shoeless Joe,” a 1982 novel written by Canadian author W. P. Kinsella, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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