Welcome … to remake island.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures has turned to “Antz” scribe Todd Alcott to rejuvenate the famed TV skein for the big screen.
Alcott will begin working to turn the show into an action-comedy pic based on the exploits of the mysterious Mr. Roarke and his height-challenged assistant, Tattoo.
“I’ve always thought of Roarke as a cross between Ahab and Santa Claus,” said Alcott, in an interview with Daily Variety, “So it’s about wish fulfillment, but with an action comedy feel to it.”
The original series ran from 1978 to 1984 with Ricardo Montalban toplining; it was briefly revived twenty years after its inception with Malcolm McDowell.
Meanwhile, Alcott’s recent draft of “Enchanted” recently caused helmer Adam Shankman (“Bringing Down the House”) to come aboard the mixed live action and animation fable at Disney (Daily Variety, April 2).
Alcott, repped in the deal by CAA and by the Radmin Co., is also making his debut as a director in the upcoming TriBeCa Film Festival, with his short “Grasshopper” screening May 3-5 in Gotham.