Warner Bros. has made a deal with Josh Gad (NBC’s 1600 Penn, FOX’s Back to You) to star in the upcoming movie based on 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island. There’s no word on which of the seven iconic castaways Gad will play but Gilligan seems likely.
Gad is also set to write the feature film with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez.
The original Gilligan’s Island series stars Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr, Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells. The sitcom ran for just three seasons.
It was created by Sherwood Schwartz who passed away in 2011. Before he died, Schwartz suggested that Michael Cera might make a good Gilligan.
His sons, Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz are executive producing the movie along with Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers, the daughters of late actor/producer Phil Silvers.
Silvers appeared in one memorable episode of the classic sitcom. His Gladasya production company helped finance the series because of an outstanding deal that he had with CBS. It’s rumored that he ended up making more money from Gilligan than any of his other productions.
What do you think? Would you like to see Gad play Gilligan? The Skipper? Is he right for any role?