Gilligan’s Island ‘Sets Sail’ for the Big Screen
Maybe the S.S. Minnow isn’t lost! After more than 30 years in the CBS vault, the hit TV show Gilligan’s Island is no longer ‘shipwrecked’, as its about to ‘set sail’ yet again – as a movie! The quirky 1960’s television show about seven castaways stranded on a tropical island is headed to the big screen. The film version of the television series reboot will feature ‘Book of Mormon’ star, Josh Gad.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has put a film feature in motion based on the series. While Gad’s character in the film has not yet been disclosed, TODAY reports that there is a strong possibility he will likely play the popular role of Gilligan. The role was originated by actor Bob Denver.
Although some may argue that Gad would probably be more comparable for the role of Skipper, originally portrayed by Alan Hale, Jr., there is no doubt the comedic reenactment will definitely be lauded as a highly anticipated feature.
It has also been confirmed that not only will Gad play a key role in the film, but he will also be a major contributor to the script. Gad will be writing the new script along with notable writers, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Warner Bros. has also confirmed that Lloyd J. Schwartz, Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers will serve as the film’s executive producers.
The Gilligan’s Island sitcom was originally created and produced by former television production mogul Sherwood Schwartz. The show aired on the CBS Network for three seasons, with a total of 98 episodes, from September 26, 1964 to September 4, 1967. Schwartz, who is the father of the upcoming film’s executive producers, Lloyd and Ross, was also known for his work as the credited creator for the Brady Bunch.
No further details have been released for film scheduling or upcoming release dates.