Warner Bros., Atlas Ent. to adapt popular '60s sitcom
The seven castaways of “Gilligan’s Island” have found a home at Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment.The studio and production company have begun development on a feature film based on the iconic CBS sitcom, which generated solid ratings during its three seasons between 1964 and 1967 and then found something close to eternal life in syndication. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are onboard to produce for Atlas, with Brad Copeland penning the screenplay. Original show producer Sherwood Schwartz is aboard to exec produce along with son Lloyd Schwartz. Plans are for a contempo take on the well-known premise and characters, with the studio and the Schwartzes’ blessing Copeland’s initial idea for the screenplay. Roven told Daily Variety that he’s hoping to start production as early as next year but won’t move forward on seeking a director or cast until Copeland’s script is completed. “The characters are so good,” Roven added. “We think it’s going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day.” The 98 episodes of “Gilligan’s Island,” starring Bob Denver as the hapless title character, centered on the wacky misadventures of seven castaways — two crew members, a millionaire couple, a professor, a movie star and a girl-next-door type — on an uncharted and uninhabited island in the Pacific. Sherwood Schwartz composed “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle,” which ran at the top of each segment, as a way for viewers to understand the premise. Co-stars were Alan Hale Jr., Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus, Russell Johnson and Natalie Schafer. Final episode aired on April 17, 1967, with the castaways still stranded as the skein wasn’t renewed for a fourth season. Jon Berg is overseeing the project for the studio. No casting’s been set although Sherwood Schwartz said in an interview last year that he was interested in Michael Cera playing the lead role. Roven’s credits include “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins,” “The Bank Job,” “The International,” both “Scooby-Doo” pics and the upcoming “Season of the Witch.” Copeland’s currently writing “Flight of the Navigator” for Disney, and his credits include “Wild Hogs” for Disney along with “Monster Squad” and “Yogi Bear” at Warners. Smallscreen credits include Fox’s “Arrested Development” and NBC’s “My Name Is Earl.” Copeland’s repped by UTA.