Prepare for a 3-Hour Tour of ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:40 pm,

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This just in! Hollywood has found someone to make a movie from an original idea – too bad it isn’t a NEW original idea. Warner Bros and Atlas Entertainment have drawn the short straw decided to move forward with the big screen adaptation of Lost Gilligan’s Island.

Writing the screenplay will be Brad Copeland, who is also writing scripts for the Flight of the Navigator remake, Monster Squad and the upcoming Yogi Bear adaptation. If that isn’t enough to get you on the excitement train, then you’ll be happy to hear he also wrote Wild Hogs *thud*.

On board to produce for Atlas Entertainment is Charles Roven (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle; Sherwood Schwartz, the show’s original producer and composer of the main title theme, will serve as Executive Producer with his son Lloyd Schwartz. Jon Berg will watch over the project for Warner Bros.

Roven said that he wants to put a contemporary twist on the well-known story and characters and will not look for a director until after the script is finished. He also wants to start production in 2011. Roven had this to say about a Gilligan’s Island movie:

“The characters are so good. We think it’s going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day.”

Gilligan’s Island, for our younger readers, was the last generation’s Lost, just without so many characters. Still, the basics of the story are the same – people stranded on a deserted island with no way to get home. In this case, 7 people who set out on a 3-hour sightseeing cruise get caught up in a storm and wrecked their boat. For the next 3 years and 98 episodes, the crew and sightseers embark upon a journey fraught with humor, guest stars, cannibals and almost-rescues.

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On the island were Gilligan (Bob Denver), The Skipper (Alan Hale Jr), The Professor (Russell Johnson), Mary Ann (Dawn Wells), Ginger (Tina Louise), Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) and his wife, Lovey Howell (Natalie Schafer).  There have been no casting announcements yet, but Schwartz let it be known that he would be interested in seeing Michael Cera as the sweet, bell-bottom-wearing klutz, Gilligan.

I can’t help but wonder if Roven has, himself, been stranded on a remote island in the Pacific for the past fifteen years. Has he not witnessed what happens when studios try to “transport these cultural icons to the modern day?” Ladies and gentleman of the court, I will now present you with evidence that Charles Roven and Hollywood are happy to teach us our mistakes but never learn from their own.

Exhibit A: Land of the Lost

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Exhibit B: McHale’s Navy

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Exhibit C: Fat Albert

fat albert Prepare for a 3 Hour Tour of Gilligan’s Island

Exhibit D: The Flintstones

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Exhibit E: The Beverly Hillbillies

the beverly hillbillies Prepare for a 3 Hour Tour of Gilligan’s Island

And those are just the TV shows-turned-feature-films that I think were the worst offenders of the bunch. I didn’t even bring up such “classics” as: Mr. Bean, Get Smart, Dragnet, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, Mr. Magoo, The Brady Bunch, Lost in Space, Wild Wild West, The Saint and Miami Vice! In fact, I count forty-nine TV shows that have been turned into ‘modern’ films with at least ten more slated for future release in the next couple of years.

Each attempt at “updating” these properties seems to be worse than the last and yet Hollywood is wetting their pants to bring us another serving of mediocre pudding.

What are your thoughts on a modern setting for the 7 stranded castaways on Gilligan’s Island?

Oh! I forgot to mention Rocky & Bullwinkle, My Favorite Martian and The Honeymooners. I dare you to get THAT taste out of your mouth!

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  1. This is a crying shame. For scribes writing “original” concepts, seeing these half-assed updating of TV classics must make them want to blow their brains out.

    It is one thing to say, “well they are established concepts,” but they also then provide a bar that is never lived up to.

    Anybody remember the Bewitched update with Will Farrell and that pod person version of Nicole Kidman? She has no range of emotion above her eyes since she is so botoxed.

  2. Here is the Casting Call to Gilligan's Island: “In my Positive opinion”

    Steve Martin as Captain Jonas “Skipper” Grumby, Christopher Plummer as Thurston Howell, III, Shirley MacLaine as Eunice Howell, Cameron Diaz as Ginger Grant, Frank Langella as Professor Roy Hinkley, Jennifer Connelly as Mary Ann Summers, and Robin Williams (Voice of the Radio Announcer), and also Tim Curry can make an awesome villain role in this movie.

  3. well another TV classic bites the dust, Hollywood, is ruining my childhood shows (yes I'm old enough to remember these shows),although i will defend “lost in space” it's the best of the list named above (and that's not saying much). Can't wait till they make a “Ultra-Man” movie …….lol

  4. If I was the professor, I would have invented a way for all of Ginger & Mary Ann's clothing to disappear, oh, and I would have killed off everyone else – then who needs a rescue?

    …oh, yeah, this is a bad idea for a remake, unless they go with my thoughts above…

  5. My friends and I have batted this around for some time. Plus either Fox News or CNN (or both) came up with a “dream cast”. Here's a mix of that for my dream cast:

    Michael Cera works for Gilligan (kindof a no brainer)
    John Goodman (Rosanne) for The Skipper
    Simon Baker (The Mentalist) is perfect for The Professor
    Mila Kunis (That 70's Show) for: Mary Ann
    Christopher Lloyd (too many iconic roles to list as Thurston Howell III (though Plummer would be good too!)

    Drawing a blank for Lovey or Ginger (feel free to add!)

  6. EXCEPTION to the rule:

    I know almost every tvshow-turned-movie is god awful, but there is one that stands above the rest

    ADDAMS FAMILY (and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES)

    those movies were great

  7. EXCEPTION to the rule:

    I know almost every tvshow-turned-movie is god awful, but there is one that stands above the rest

    ADDAMS FAMILY (and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES)

    those movies were great

  8. lol. John Goodman even has practice playing the skipper. He did a great job on an episode of Roseanne. I don't remember how the episode came to be…. but John played the skipper, Jackie played Gilligan, Mark was the professor, Darlene was Mary ann…. and Roseanne's fat ass was Ginger.

  9. lol. John Goodman even has practice playing the skipper. He did a great job on an episode of Roseanne. I don't remember how the episode came to be…. but John played the skipper, Jackie played Gilligan, Mark was the professor, Darlene was Mary ann…. and Roseanne's fat ass was Ginger.

  10. Honestly though a lot of those aren't so bad. I thought the Flinstone's movie (the first one) was decent. Dragnet wasn't bad. Get Smart was pretty good. Lost in Space was good, and memorable. George of the Jungle too. The Brady Bunch movies were funny because they were satirical.

    None of them were as classic as the TV show obviously, but I definitely wouldn't say it's just been one terrible remake after another.

  11. 49? I knew it was a lot, but that many failures…yet they keep coming. Perhaps someone should look into these remakes and their effect on the economy…now there is a documentary that I'd watch. What are the 10 films for me to look forward to ignoring? I know about the A-Team, but what else?

  12. Everyone who complains about Hollywood churning out bad movies is missing the whole point. There is much more money to be made making a bad movie with a well-known name/title/character/plot then there is in taking a chance on an original idea. People will go see this movie, as they did all the others. Once they buy the ticket, the money is made. Hollywood's got it made, it's one of the very rare products you have to pay before you know the quality. The movie going public will go see a movie based on a show or characters they love in hopes they will get a good movie.

    I will base my decision of seeing this movie as I do every other movie, on the trailers, the casting, and other info I get leading up to the release. I didn't see most of the movies on this list because I didn't think they would be good. From the list, I believe I may have been correct. I will state, however that I did enjoy The Saint. I can't believe that Charlie's Angels missed your list. Can't speak for the second one, why would anyone watch a sequel to the first? Oh, that's right, maybe just maybe they fixed it and did it right this time… That just proves to me that the majority of the movie going public isn't willing to hold Hollywood to higher standards. As long as people go see these movies, Hollywood will churn them out.

  13. I've been waiting for this. It was really just a matter of time until this show got it's modern update. I wouldn't discount it immediately just because most other tv-to-movie flicks have sucked. It's just best not to get your hopes too high.

    That said, I do NOT want Michael Cera anywhere near this. For Gilligan, I'd want someone like Topher Grace, or maybe even Christopher Masterson.

    For Skipper, I honestly would love to see William Shatner. And Thurston Howell I'd probably give to Leslie Nielson.

  14. That's why I left it off the list :) I also left off Mission Impossible, The Untouchables and Star Trek.

  15. I liked Lost in Space the first time I watched it. Threw the DVD in a few months back and it really didn't hold up to a 2nd viewing imho.

  16. I didn't miss Charlie's Angels, I just didn't have remove for all the bad ones. Also missing from the bad list were Dukes of Hazzard, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Mod Squad, He-Man, and The Little Rascals. :)

    I agree with your point about Hollywood making a quick buck from these franchises.

  17. Well, there have been a few more added since I made this list but…Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger and the Last Airbender.

  18. the end is upon us

    Thank you for the warning

  19. that ruins my documentary idea…yet it gives me another one titled “Moronic Nostalgic Money Making Movies.”

  20. I thought He-Man with Frank Langella & Dolph Lundgren was inspired. It was a flawed movie, bu tit had some neat moments & a really cool idea executed poorly.

  21. I have an opinion on this yes I do. The trouble with all of these things and why they do not work is this. These shows are from another era a simpler time.
    The Brady Bunch movies worked because they were 70's people in the 90's and they were out of place. The Addams family films worked because….who the heck even knew what time period they were supposed to be in?
    The Movies themselves have to be almost a continuation of where they left off last.
    People like continuity in their classic tv remake/revamp movies.

    If Gilligan is not retro it won't work. You can't update these things. That's why they don't work. Unnderstan'?

  22. I'm with on Lost in Space, and I actually bought the DVD. I also liked Dragnet and Get Smart, but I consider LiS the best of the bunch.

  23. On the whole I tend to skip the remakes unless there's an actor in it I really like. I'd rather see something original. However, if Cera or that twit Shia LeBouef gets cast for this movie I'll be passing on it for sure…

  24. two guys come to mind. Jessie Eisenberg and DJ Quails

  25. well …how about Kathrine Helmund or Shirley Mclaine?

  26. two guys come to mind. Jessie Eisenberg and DJ Quails

  27. well …how about Kathrine Helmund or Shirley Mclaine?