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Do You Want To See a Big-Screen 'Gilligan's Island?'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Gilligan's IslandThe mining of old TV shows for new movie ideas continues with this latest news: they're turning 'Gilligan's Island' into a big-screen movie.

How is this seen as a good idea in the executive offices at Warner Brothers? How exactly will they make a one-time 90 minute movie out of a dumb (but in a lovable way) show from the 60s? As we've been saying here for the past several years, big-screen adaptations of old TV shows usually don't work ('Bewitched,' 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Charlie's Angels,' the list goes on and on) because it's not that those shows necessarily had brilliant plots, it's because they existed in a certain time and had a specific cast that we love and remember. Bob Denver is Gilligan. I'm not going to go see a big-screen version just because they cast, say, Christopher Mintz-Plasse in the role (no casting yet, but I can picture him being considered).

Maybe they can make the entire movie a parody of 'Lost,' with cameos from Terry O'Quinn or Michael Emerson. Not sure how else this could work, unless they take the 'Brady Bunch' route. Those films updated the show by doing a completely irreverent take on it (the Bradys still living like it was the 70s even though it was the 90s). Maybe this show can be like that, and finally make a joke about how they can build a whole society on the island complete with huts and a car and a radio but can't patch a boat or make a raft.

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NightOwl

Gilligans Island was a "dumb but lovable" show. I watched it when it was originally broadcast and for years watched the reruns every afternoon after school, to the point of almost memorizing all of the dialouge. To try to anylze and explain its appeal seems to be beside the point, it was mindless, silly, escapist fun. What more do you need?
I have not watched any of the other remakes mentioned in this article and I wouldnt watch a Gilligan remake either. To me it borders on plagarism and intellectual and creative laziness.
All that being said, I think it is more entertaining to imagine the cast of the remake than it would be to actually watch the movie. There are some excellent suggestions posted here.
I always had, and still have, actually, a huge crush on Dawn Wells, MaryAnn. I still think she is one of the most beatiful women I have ever seen on television.

March 04 2010 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

For the part of the Skipper, two words: John Goodman.

March 04 2010 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sodapop

These remakes would work if they would stop trying to put a twist into them or be campy with the original's campyness. They should do it serious with the comedy as a plot driver.

March 03 2010 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Please make it all stop already. In just the past week we've heard about a remake of Speedy Gonzales starring the insufferable George Lopez, a Rockford Files remake that will probably have Jim Rockford all PC and driving a Prius instead of his signature Firebird and now a hatchet job on Gilligan's Island. Can you slackers please leave my childhood alone and do something original?

March 03 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ralph

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March 03 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Professor Zed

I could see them taking the "Brady Bunch" route. Although "GI" was already whacky and bouncing off the walls. However, both "GI" and "BB" were Sherwood Shwartz creations. Another major factor in a successful movie based on a TV show: writers/producers etc., who have ACTUALLY WATCHED the show. "Bewitched" and yes, even the "Mission: Impossible" movies seemed to have been written by people who had never seen those shows. Either that, or producers pushed so much of their own input into the scripts, that any relation to the original products were eliminated. (Some regard the "M. I." movies as terrific. As action films, perhaps they were good. Plot-wise, they were nothing whatsoever like the TV show. For the TV show, you had to pay complete attention to what was going on - something modern producers/writers believe the movie viewer incapable of.) I'll be keeping track of this "GI" movie to see how it progresses.

March 03 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shawn Jones

Christina Hendricks as Ginger and Gennifer Goodwin as Mary ann!?!

March 03 2010 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

For the love of all that's holy: NO!

Come on, Hollywood, enough with the TV remakes. Very few series actually translate well to the big screen. Certainly not Gilligan's Island.

March 03 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mc

FOX 411 said Sherwood Schwartz wants Michael Cera as Gilligan.

March 03 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy

No.

March 03 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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