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?
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
What took Hollywood so long to do this? This movie is way overdue. My vote goes to Andy Samberg as Gilligan.
Mega Jet Jaguar on Mar 2, 2010
Brendan Gleeson for the Skipper.
People's Champ on Mar 3, 2010
Chris Pratt or Nick Offerman as skipper and Jay Baruchel as Gilligan
Tim on Mar 3, 2010
The only way I'd be interested is if this was stupid, fall-on-your knees funny. Not just because the original was a comedy, but because it was a ridiculous one at that. Coconut phones? Yeah, parody that, please. There's no way that this will survive if they dramatize it.
Nada Nuff on Mar 3, 2010
Thank GOD. Maybe this movie will get it right, like the comic book movies, and make it DARK. Yay.
Voice of Reason on Mar 3, 2010
Gilligan: John Cryer Skipper: John Goodman Thurston Howell, III: John Hurt Mrs Howell: Meryl Streep Ginger: Anita Morris MaryAnn: Tara Fitzgerald The Professor: Beau Bridges
JohnK on Mar 3, 2010
Kevin James as the skipper. Heard it here first.
Matt on Mar 3, 2010
Here we go: Gilligan: Jay Baruchel Skipper: Philip Seymour Hoffman Thurston Howell, III: Robert Forster Mrs Howell: Meryl Streep Ginger: Amy Adams MaryAnn: Natalie Portman The Professor: Liam Neason
Trip on Mar 3, 2010
I like Brendan Gleeson for Skipper. That's perfect! I'm voting Michael Weston for Gilligan.
yuck on Mar 3, 2010
Justin Long IS GILLIGAN. John Goodman's almost too perfect as the skipper. How about Larry David and Sheryl Hines as Mr and Mrs. Howell. Amy Adams or Ilsa Fisher as Mary Anne.I wanna say Julian Moore as Ginger but how about the Red head from the GI JOE MOVIE Rachael Nicoles. J.K. Simmons as the professor.
max on Mar 3, 2010
i like john cryer for gilligan 😀
Sarah Chino on Mar 3, 2010
Samuel L. Jackson for Gilligan.
Chuck Norris on Mar 3, 2010
Kevin James would make a good Skipper. Justin Long as Gilligan could work too, or Andy Samberg. Jennifer Love Hewitt would make a great Ginger. Will Ferrel or Vince Vaughn would be cool as The Professor.
Mega Jet Jaguar on Mar 3, 2010
What's next, "My Mother the Car" the film?
Dan Dassow on Mar 3, 2010
wow..this will go over big just like "The Flintstones" movies...might as well get some baldwins in on this...
Lando on Mar 9, 2010
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