Josh Gad to Lead Comedy Based on 1960s TV Series 'Gilligan's Island'
Nearly four years ago, we learned 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. Writer Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear, Wild Hogs) was hired to script the film, but now it's in different hands. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has hired Josh Gad (Frozen, "Book of Mormon") to lead the film, and he will also write the script with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (who scripted "1600 Penn" with Gad). However, Gad's not necessarily playing Gilligan.
Gad seems like a better fit for The Skipper than Gilligan, but we're not sure how this reimagining of the story is going to work. Lloyd and Ross Schwartz (sons of the series creator Sherwood Schwartz) will executive produce with Tacey and Cathy Silvers. When the project was revealed a few years ago, Sherwood Schwartz was executive producing, but he passed away in July of 2011. 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. Schwartz saw his classic series "The Brady Bunch" hit the big screen in the form of a tongue-in-cheek parody, but we're betting this won't take the same approach.