Josh Gad To Star In Film Adaptation Of Gilligan’s Island

By: Tobias Roth - December 18, 2013

Something that most people probably did not expect to ever see happen is now being set in motion. Gilligan’s Island is being adapted into a film, and will star Josh Gad in the revival of the classic television show that everyone adored during the 1960s.

The original Gilligan’s Island aired from 1964-1967 on CBS, and featured the comedic story of seven shipwrecked passengers of the S.S. Minnow.

The main characters on the show were Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor, an actress Ginger, Mary Ann, and millionaires Mr. and Mrs. Howell.

It is currently unknown which character Josh Gad will be playing, although the title character of Gilligan is likely.

Josh Gad was previously nominated for a Tony for his role in the Broadway production of The Book Of Mormon.

Most recently, his voice was used in the animated holiday film, Frozen, which grabbed the No.1 spot at the box office after its second week of release. He also starred alongside Ashton Kuther this summer in the biopic about Steve Jobs in Jobs.

In addition to being the star of the film, Josh Gad will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, the screenwriters behind the television series 1600 Penn. Gad was also one of the stars of 1600 Penn, and has experience working with the writers already. The feature film based on the classic sitcom from the 1960s will be presented by Warner Bros.

The original series that aired on CBS starred Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr as Skipper, Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer as Thurston and Lovey Howell, Russell Johnson as The Professor, Dawn Wells as Mary Ann, and Tina Louise as Ginger.

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Due to its immense popularity, Gilligan’s Island has continued to show reruns over the years, which is much of the reason that younger audiences would know about the show already. It also spawned the idea for three different made-for-television movies.

While Josh Gad’s role is unknown at this time, he is set to have a starring role in the upcoming Gilligan’s Island film. He is also working on a biopic of stand-up comedian Sam Kinison, which is titled Kinison.

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Tobias RothTobias Roth is a writer, and received his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration on Film Studies from Michigan State University. He has always loved watching movies and enjoys live music when he can. He also loves being outdoors and enjoys a good game of ultimate frisbee. Follow him on Twitter: @tobiasiroth

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  • RY33

    Who the s#it would pay money to see a “Gilligan’s Island” movie? They won’t make “situation comedies” like “Gilligan’s Island” or “I Dream OF Jeannie” anymore but they’ll sink $150,000,000 into a movie like that. THEN they’ll act surprised when it bombs.