GILLIGAN’S ISLAND Movie Surfaces with Josh Gad Writing and Starring for Warner Bros.

     December 17, 2013


Fresh off of his Frozen performance as an animated snowman, Josh Gad is set to star in Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of Gilligan’s Island.  The project has been in the works for some time; we last reported on it almost four years ago.  The title property was a 1960s TV series about seven castaways who took a three-hour tour about the S.S. Minnow only to wind up stranded on a tropical island after a terrible storm.  We’re not sure just which of the seven roles Gad will take on, but I’d put money on either Gilligan or the Skipper.  Gad is also writing the screenplay along with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez.  Hit the jump for more.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has set Gad to write and star in their Gilligan’s Island adaptation.  The original series, created by Sherwood Schwartz, starred Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr. as Skipper, Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer as Thurston and Lovey Howell, Dawn Wells as Mary Ann, and Tina Louise as Ginger.  If the theme song isn’t already stuck in your head, the following video will likely do the trick:

Be sure to let us know your casting assignments in the comments below!


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  • Christian

    Gilligan (Josh Gad), Skipper (Nick Offerman), The Professor (Patrick Wilson), Mary Ann (Alison Brie), Ginger (Christina Hendricks), Mr. Howell (Gary Oldman), Mrs. Howell (Emma Thompson), the Smoke Monster (Titus Welliver/Terry O’Quinn) and the Harlem Globetrotters as themselves.

    • jack

      you definitely over reached on Mr. and Mrs. Howell, but the rest are damn good….well done

      • Christian

        I just thought it would be funny to have two A-listers playing the buffoonish rich people who think they are better than the rest of the group.

    • LEM

      The smoke monster! So gilligan actually died in the crash but was taken over by smokey to keep them there.

    • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

      Gilligan = Michael Cera

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  • scheebles

    Josh Gad is a smart, funny guy. If he’s doing this, especially with Dan Hernandez, I’m assuming he has an amazing take on it. Think 21 Jump Street. Maybe with more musical numbers (although 21 Jump Street did have “I’ve Gotta Crow!”…)

  • Cedhollywood

    Is anybody really surprised? Only a matter of time before we see a too close for comfort movie and a Laverne and Shirley movie.

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  • Querk

    He’s obviously going to play Skipper.

    • Snarky

      Because he’s fat? He should be Gilligan.

      • Querk

        Because he looks a lot like Skipper. He’s basically a younger version of Hale Jr. He fits well, and most probably they will get actors who look-alike the original cast.

      • Snarky

        I would rather have someone that is well suited to playing the personality of the character than someone who somewhat looks like the guy physically.

  • gar216

    Christina Hendricks as Ginger seems like such perfect casting that WB will cast Megan Fox just because they can.

  • Fulci is God

    back in the 90s i recall the only time i was ever excited about rob schnieder was when he was rumoured to play gilligan

  • Captain Unknown

    Those poor People.