We keep hearing a lot about how the coronavirus is going to reshape the world we live in, and there’s no shortage of people predicting what those changes will look like, from an end to handshakes to the demise of movie theaters and events with large crowds of people packed closely together like concerts and sporting events. Personally, I’ve been wondering if life in rural America isn’t going to sound more appealing to folks who are currently riding out stay-at-home orders in their small apartments in big cities. Social distancing is a heckuva lot easier when you live a half-mile from your neighbors, and staying at home isn’t all that bad when you’ve got room to roam.
Hollywood producer Dana Brunetti has already made that change, leaving Los Angeles for a 40-acre spread in northern California, and he sounds like he’s happy with the decision. From The Hollywood Reporter:
The onetime Chateau Marmont regular is learning to live the rustic life with his fiancee of one and a half years, Alexandra Pakzad, a 32-year-old intellectual property attorney (and daughter of late Iranian menswear designer Bijan Pakzad and step-daughter of Dole Fruit billionaire David Murdock).
Brunetti bought a bulldozer, two skid steers, an excavator, a dump truck, an ATV, a farm truck, a crane and an amphibious vehicle and has been setting up not just a survivalist sanctuary but his very own one-man production facility. He’s already at work on his first project shot on the property, Gone Country, a reality show about his metamorphosis from sharky Hollywood producer to modern-day squire.
“It’s kind of like Green Acres 2.0,” is how he describes it. “Alex grew up in Beverly Hills, and now we’re out in the middle of nowhere living in an Airstream. If it’s a hit, I’d end up the Kim Kardashian of preppers.”