In an era where things like Monopoly, Battleship, and Stretch Armstrong are all getting turned into big-time movie properties, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Warner Bros. is planning a movie adaptation of the 60’s sitcom Gilligan’s Island.
The show, which surrounded the crash of the S.S. Minnow, leaving 7 strangers deserted on an island, went on for 98 episodes, including some big specials with guest stars like The Harlem Globetrotters. According to Variety, the film is set to be a major reboot, with some of the original creative team helping out.
Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are onboard to produce for Atlas, with Brad Copeland penning the screenplay. Original show producer Sherwood Schwartz is aboard to exec produce along with son Lloyd Schwartz.
Plans are for a contempo take on the well-known premise and characters, with the studio and the Schwartzes’ blessing Copeland’s initial idea for the screenplay. Roven told Daily Variety that he’s hoping to start production as early as next year but won’t move forward on seeking a director or cast until Copeland’s script is completed.
“The characters are so good,” Roven added. “We think it’s going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day.”
The film is currently in the stages of being written, with Wild Hogs writer Copeland typing away. No word yet on who they are looking to for casting, but you can imagine that they’d want to amp up a film like this with some of the bigger names in Hollywood.
Might we suggest Dan Aykroyd and Jay Baruchel as The Skipper and Gilligan? Who would you cast as the 7 castaways? Let us know!