Set sail with the castaways!! Warner Bros. plans for Gilligan’s Island movie!!

The original "Survivors" (L to R)-Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus), Professor Roy Hinkley, Ph. D. (Russell Johnson), Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell (Natalie Schafer), Gilligan (Bob Denver), Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), Skipper Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale Jr.), Mary Anne Summers (Dawn Wells)

The original “Survivors” (L to R)-Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus), Professor Roy Hinkley, Ph. D. (Russell Johnson), Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell (Natalie Schafer), Gilligan (Bob Denver), Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), Skipper Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale Jr.), Mary Anne Summers (Dawn Wells)

Well sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip …

Yup, our parents know that tune in two notes. We know it from reruns. But it would appear that the castaways of “Gilligan’s Island” are dropping anchor in Hollywood as the much beloved television series is being adapted into movie form. “Gilligan’s Island” chronicled the misadventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive on an island on an extended three-hour tour. They have made attempts to leave the island only to have First Mate Gilligan (Bob Denver) put a SNAFU into the works. The original sitcom ran for three seasons on CBS from September 26, 1964, to September 4, 1967, followed by three made-for-television movies: “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island” (1978), “The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island” (1979) and, of course, “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” (1981). How the heck the Globetrotters got off is anyone’s guess. Now when it comes to movie adaptions of TV shows, you can have a hit (Brady Bunch, 1995) or a miss (Bewitched, 2005). Gilligan’s Island might fall somewhere in the middle like McHale’s Navy (1997) with Tom Arnold as the son of the titular character portrayed by Ernest Borgnine. But Gilligan is the original “Survivor” so it shouldn’t be hard to make this work. Right?

Here’s the proposed cast:
Michael Cera as Gilligan, originally played by Bob Denver
He’s just as bumbling as Denver to assume this role.

Josh Gad as Skipper Jonas Grumby, originally played by Alan Hale, Jr.
Josh was sort after for the role of Gilligan but he might be more fitting as the Skipper. I can see him be just as exasperated as Hale was, beating Gilligan with his hat and calling him “Little Buddy”.

Scarlett Johansson as Ginger Grant, originally played by Tina Louise
No more needs to be said. Otherwise … Emma Stone would be good choice.

Mila Kunis as Mary Anne Summers, originally played by Dawn Wells
The ever-burning question of “Ginger or Mary Anne?” will be reignited for this.

Armie Hammer as Professor Roy Hinkley, Ph.D., originally played by Russell Johnson
He’s handsome, he’s funny, and everyone needs to just forget the whole “Lone Ranger” disaster and let this guy be a movie star. ……yeah, like that’s gonna happen.

Kelsey Grammer as Thurston Howell III, originally played by Jim Backus
Frasier from “Cheers” as Thurston Howell III — Harvard graduate, Republican and multi-billionaire until his losses in the Great Depression left him merely a multi-millionaire? The term ‘no-brainer’ comes to mind.

Allison Janney as Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell, originally played by Natalie Schafer
Allison Janney (“Juno” and “The Way Way Back”) would be perfect in expressing her aghast-ness toward the whole stowaway situation as Thurston’s pompous and fussy wife.

So what do think about the proposed list above? This movie could get off the ground as long as Will Farrell and Nicole Kidman are kept away from it.

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