From a Producer of The Dark Knight Comes Gilligan's Island?
by Ethan Anderton
March 2, 2010
You read that right folks. Variety reports that producer Charles Roven (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and his Atlas Entertainment production banner are working with Warner Bros to develop a feature length film adaptation of the classic castaway television series Gilligan's Island. So what was only supposed to be a three-hour tour, looks to be coming in at around a two hour movie from writer Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear, Wild Hogs), but no director is attached yet. Roven will produce along with Richard Suckle who is no stranger to adapting old television series as he also produced both live-action/CG-hybrid Scooby-Doo films.
Series producer Sherwood Schwartz (who also was responsible for "The Brady Bunch") will return for this as an executive producer along with his son Lloyd Scwartz. The original series focused on seven castaways stuck on a desert island and lasted three seasons from 1964 through 1967 as well as endless repeats playing since its cancellation. However, Variety says the logline is being kept under wraps. Honestly, that just seems silly, because if it has nothing to do with people (at least one named Gilligan) being stranded on an island, then what the hell is the point of calling it Gilligan's Island?
Of course, there's always a chance that the flick could take the path of The Brady Bunch Movie and be a sort of parody of itself with plenty of respect and homage to the original series. Surely it has to stay in the realm of comedy, and maybe spice it up with some action. Otherwise, a more serious approach would just feel too similar to ABC's series "Lost" without all the crazy science fiction. Honestly, I'm not terribly mad about this for some reason, but we'll have to see who directs it and who'll take on the roles of the infamous castaways. Apparently Schwartz thinks Michael Cera is perfect for Gilligan. Who do you want to see in the cast?