“Field of Dreams” TV Show Declines State Grant, Won’t Film in Iowa
Since it was announced, the Field of Dreams TV show has been all over the place in terms of its production. First, it was reported that the series would not be filmed in Dyersville, a massive blow to the local Dubuque economy and the show's attempt at authenticity. No cast list was ever announced either.
Now, just months after news broke that the show would not move forward with Peacock, its original streaming service, the producers adapting the show declined a $6 million grant issue by Governor Kim Reynolds. The grant was worth $6 million, and was given to Universal on June 27th through the Destination Iowa fund.
Executive Producer Morgan Sackett rejected the grant via email, writing this to the Economic Development Authority:
Our plans have changed and we will not be making the TV Series 'Field of Dreams' in the coming year. We greatly appreciate your help getting the grant and are disappointed not to be filming in Iowa.
Given that grant recipients have far more than a year's time to utilize the money, this calls into question the future of this series. As of now, Universal has suspended the production of the Field of Dreams TV show indefinitely. Sackett added that the production team on the show didn't want to take money from other potential projects actively in development at Universal.
Universal Television (an NBC Universal property) budgeted $28 million for the limited streaming series, which was to be shot in Polk City. Now, with its future completely up in the air, it looks as if the show might not happen at all. Sackett added in the rejection email:
It's kind of an expensive show. We still have the scripts and the (intellectual property) and a lot of talented people intact. So we're sort of taking a beat.
Weather is also a factor at play here. The series would need to be filmed when Iowa's corn is tall, making that window late summer. That's a very short window of opportunity to make due in general, and that further complicates production.
Governor Reynolds gave Universal one of the loftiest grants in order for the TV series to come to fruition. The $6 million allocated to the project ranked as the fifth most expensive among tourism projects. Now, the future is murky. It will take much longer to build, if at all, before we see anyone come.