Turner Pictures is launching the ill-fated Minnow once again, with hopes that it will add another successful chapter to history’s longest three-hour tour.The nascent studio has teamed with Brillstein/Grey Entertainment and Sherwood Schwartz to bring the 1960s TV series “Gilligan’s Island” back as a feature pic. Turner prexy Dennis Miller announced the project Wednesday with Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey as exec producers. Brillstein/Grey feature pic division prexy Howard Rosenman (“Father of the Bride”) is slated to produce. Schwartz, who created, wrote and produced the original tube series, will co-produce the feature with his son, Lloyd Schwartz, from a new original screenplay they co-penned with Elroy Schwartz (Daily Variety, Sept. 8, 1992). The nautical tale is skedded to lense in 1995. “‘Gilligan’s Island’ is one of the most enduring assets in the Turner library ,” said Miller. “By pairing the creators of this enduring show with Brillstein/Grey’s producing experience and access to comedic talent, we have the critical elements to launch a big-event motion picture comedy.” Miller said the whole crewof characters would likely be back. The original sitcom, which aired on CBS from 1964-67, featured Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr. as the Skipper, Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer as the Howells, Tina Louise as Ginger, Russell Johnson as the Professor and Dawn Wells as Mary Ann. Casting the roles is already turning Hollywood upside-down, Miller said. “We have had a lot of inquiries from a number of notable actors you might suspect to play those leads,” Miller said. Miller said it took months to get all the rights participants together because the estate of comic Phil Silvers, Schwartz and Turner all had claims on some form of the show. This is one of the first of many upcoming remake projects for Turner Pix from the Turner library, which encompasses most of the old MGM titles, Miller said.
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