Get Ready For 'Gilligan's Island,' The Movie Because It's Happening
I've gotta say: It was only a matter of time until this happened. Hollywood loves a good remake, and what's better than a beloved, ridiculously iconic television show from the '60s? The studio can play up the nostalgia factor, cast well-known actors in classic parts, and make a shitload of money by upping syndication of the original show, or perhaps pushing new DVD sets containing all the episodes. Even if the film sucks, people will see it because it's based off a TV show they once loved — it's a win/win. That said... none of that makes this any less ridiculous. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is working on a Gilligan's Island feature film to star the Book of Mormon's Josh Gad.
Though it's not specified who Gad will star as (my money is on Skipper), Variety does report that he'll be co-writing the script with 1600 Penn staff writers Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Lloyd Schwartz, the son of the original show's producer, will also executive produce the pic.
Gilligan's Island ran for three years on CBS between 1964 and 1967 — 98 episodes in all — but it's been in syndication pretty much since then. Though no plot details for the movie have been revealed yet, the original series followed a group of ship-wrecked castaways who are stranded on a remote desert island after a storm.
It was really an inconceivable plot, though, when you consider the fact that they were stranded but somehow managed to receive visitors all the time. And these visitors did nothing to help them! They just acted like it was normal! Maybe that type of plothole was accepted in the '60s, but the new film should proooobably address that somehow.