Schedule up "a three-hour tour" for Frozen star Josh Gad. The comedian has agreed to star in and co-write a feature-film adaptation of the hit television show Gilligan’s Island for Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Gad – also known for the hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon -- will script the Gilligan treatment with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Lloyd and Ross Schwartz, children of Gilligan’s Island creator Sherwood Schwartz, will executive produce the feature film.
If you are of a certain age, Gilligan’s Island was sitcom gold. Starring the late Bob Denver as a lanky, idiotic first mate, the show followed seven stranded castaways who embarked on a sea-faring tour, only to get caught in a storm. As the theme song informs us, the weather started getting rough, and the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of Gilligan and his best pal, the Skipper, the S.S. Minnow (the boat) would be lost:
It’s unclear in the piece whom Gad would play. It has to be Gilligan, though, right? I mean, he’s a portly fellow, but Gad’s far too young to play the Skipper. Maybe he could write himself into the role of Thurston Howell, a millionaire caught on the cruise with his wife? Gad could position him as an internet mogul who ends up stranded on the island. Possibilities abound.
If Gad and his co-writers stick close to the original premise, there are some iconic roles that need to be filled. In addition to the Skipper and the Howells, the show had a brainy "professor" and two beauties in Ginger (so slutty) and Mary Ann (super wholesome). Gad can also play on the familiarity of the program, finding ways to blend in some of the all-star cameos that used to make trip to Gilligan’s Island. For instance, if the Harlem Globetrotters don’t find some way into Gad’s reboot, I’m going to be seriously disappointed.
Hollywood loves plundering past TV shows in search of hit movies. For every The Brady Bunch, though, there is a Bewitched. It’s a balancing act. Gad has heat right now thanks to Mormon and Frozen. But do you want to see him in Gilligan’s trademark white hat?