Land of Lost story began in Augusta

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Former Augustan Chris Henchy's journey to Land of the Lost began more than 30 years ago, while he was plopped down in front of the Saturday morning series.

"Yeah, I was a total child of the '70s," said Mr. Henchy, a successful producer and screenwriter. "I grew up watching it in Augusta and having my parents yelling at me to turn the television off. But I always loved the idea."

Mr. Henchy co-wrote the screenplay of the new feature film adaptation of Land of the Lost, which opens today. Before Land of the Lost , he worked as a writer on television shows including Entourage, I'm With Her and Spin City and worked as a producer on Entourage , Eastbound & Down and I'm With Her , based loosely on his relationship with wife Brooke Shields. He lived in Augusta as a child and his parents live in Evans.

Mr. Henchy said writing Land of the Lost was different after so many years writing for television. The feature film offered him more space to develop the story and characters and the aliens, dinosaurs and other special effects from the original series allowed him to toy with big budget ideas.

"I figured if I wrote something they couldn't do, well, then I could always go back and rewrite," he said. "But what I did take from television was the philosophy that nothing is indispensable. You always know that you aren't writing what will be your last joke."

In 2006, Mr. Henchy joined Will Ferrell and Adam McKay at Gary Sanchez Productions, a production company connected to Paramount. Land of the Lost was co-written with former Saturday Night Live writer Dennis McNicholas.

"I like it. I like writing with another person. I prefer it. In this business, everything becomes collaboration anyway, and for me, success is working with your friends."

Fatherhood, Mr. Henchy said, has also affected him creatively. Mr. Henchy and Ms. Shields have two young children, and he knows that one day, they will see something he has worked on. He said there's now a certain sense of legacy in his work.

"It has really become a part of what I do," he said. "You do wonder what your kids will think in 15 years. They are an overshadowing figure in what I'm doing and what I work on."

While Mr. Henchy has been associated with successful projects, he said box office success is ancillary to the joy he feels when those close to him respond to something he has written.

"It always goes back to my friends and family," he said. "I love hearing my wife laugh. I love making Adam and the guys I work with laugh. There's pure joy in that and those are the things, driving home, that make me happy."

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/05/09 - 01:28 am
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Did Gary Sanchez ever live

Did Gary Sanchez ever live here in Augusta?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/05/09 - 01:30 am
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Yuck. Just saw the clip. No

Yuck. Just saw the clip. No thanks.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 04:41 am
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baroness, all movie aren't

baroness, all movie aren't for all people. I'm amazed how many "now famous" people have lived in Augusta.

NANF
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NANF 06/05/09 - 06:22 am
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Oh for petes sake baroness.

Oh for petes sake baroness. Go back to bed.

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 06/05/09 - 08:16 am
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Word to the wise, AVOID ANY

Word to the wise, AVOID ANY WILL FARRELL MOVIE!

There has never been a larger lack of talent in Hollywood.

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jross1981 06/05/09 - 09:35 am
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Word to the wise, AVOID ANY

Word to the wise, AVOID ANY WILL FARRELL MOVIE! There has never been a larger lack of talent in Hollywood.
Posted by jeremychughes on Fri Jun 5, 2009 9:16 AM

Says the guy who is obviously qualified to judge these kind of things (based on the fact that his experience is limited to writing reader comments on online newspapers).

augnewsgirl09
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augnewsgirl09 06/05/09 - 12:58 pm
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Will Ferrell is one of the

Will Ferrell is one of the funniest actors in Hollywood!! I can't wait to see the new movie!!! I wasn't even born in the 70s but I love the Land of the Lost series!!

HillGuy
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HillGuy 06/05/09 - 01:36 pm
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I can see how growing up in

I can see how growing up in Augusta could inspire you to write a film called "Land of the Lost", because Augusta seems to be stuck in the past.

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HillGuy 06/05/09 - 01:38 pm
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from Baroness at 2:28a:Did

from Baroness at 2:28a:Did Gary Sanchez ever live here in Augusta? ***
No, but I belive Dirty Sanchez did at one time.

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Does_it_really_matter 06/05/09 - 03:23 pm
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Dirty Sanchez moved to

Dirty Sanchez moved to Columbia County, I believe.

Marigoldrule
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Marigoldrule 06/05/09 - 03:27 pm
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Thanks for that Steve. Though

Thanks for that Steve. Though this movie isn't for me, I loved the tv series "I'm With Her"
Good to know he is from here.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/08/09 - 11:09 am
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Oh for petes sake baroness.

Oh for petes sake baroness. Go back to bed.
Posted by NANF on Fri Jun 5, 2009 7:22 AM...LOL, I did, as soon as the loiterers up the quiet side street left the parking lot and the neighbors' dogs stopped barking at them. I prefer not to be up at 2:30 am in the morning, so pardon me if I was a little cranky. But in broad daylight, the trailer was still yucky and I'm still not going to see it. I have more uplifting ways to spend my discretionary income. I'm not paying for third grade humor after growing up with four younger brothers. If that was lacking in your life, by all means, go see the movie!

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FallingLeaves 06/08/09 - 11:09 am
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I have no idea who "dirty

I have no idea who "dirty Sanchez" is.

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