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Gilligan’s Island: The Movie Gets a Little Closer

Gilligan's IslandWell, whether you like the idea or not, it looks like the Gilligan’s Island movie is moving forward.

As fans of classic TV know all too well, Gilligan’s Island follows seven stranded castaways on a tropical island. The legendary cast is made up of Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells). The show ran for three successful seasons on CBS before finding even bigger success in syndication.

The notion of a feature film version of the series has been bandied about for decades but nothing’s ever come of it. At one point, Jim Carrey was going to play Gilligan.

In January 2009, creator Sherwood Schwartz said that he’d just made a deal to finally bring the project to the big screen. He also said, if he could cast anyone, he’d love to have Michael Cera play Gilligan and Beyonce Knowles play Ginger.

Do you think Michael Cera would agree to play Gilligan?

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Now, Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment are prepping the feature. Producer Charles Roven said, “The characters are so good. We think it’s going to be a great story to transport these cultural icons to the modern day.”

Schwartz will executive produce and Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl and the forthcoming Yogi Bear movie) will write the script. Production is expected to get underway next year but the search for a director and casting won’t begin until the script is finished.

No word if the three surviving castmembers from the TV show – Louise, Johnson and Wells — will be offered roles in the movie but it seems likely. Several Brady actors had cameos in the first Brady Bunch movie which was also executive produced by Schwartz.

What do you think? Does it help to know the show’s creator is working on the project or do you think it’ll be as terrible as most TV show feature films? Who would you cast?

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jeff April 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

the Miss universe girl on the apprentice right now would make a great Ginger
Shirley Jones could play mrs Howell
Steve Caroll i think is Gilligan he would be great
Tommy Lee Jones as Skipper
Mariah Carey as Ginger
Alison Hanigan as Mary Ann – or Ricki Lake


lauren October 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

If they make this movie and pass up Simon Baker as the Professor they are nuts. Those two are practically twins and Baker embodies everything the Professor did. On the Mentalist, he’s funny, witty, serious, sexy and also oddly asexual. That was the Professor. Mostly he’s gotta be handsome as the Professor was.

christina Hendricks as Ginger, michael caine as mr. howell, baransky as mrs. howell.


William C. Duff September 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Gilligan- Rila Niles,Tobey Maguire, Justin Long, Jim Carrey, Ashton Kutcher,
the Skipper- John Goodman, Denny Miller or John Travolta, Robert Duff
Mary Ann- Dawn Wells, Mila Kunis, Anne Hathaway, or Zooey Deschanel
Ginger- Tina Louise, Caprice Crane or Nicole Kidman,
the Professor- Russell Johnson, Denny Miller, Christopher Lloyd, Nickolis Cage or Simon Baker
Mr.Howell- John Travolta, George Clooney, Edward Herrmann,
Mrs.”lovey” Howell- Doris Day, Betty White, Florence Hinderson, Tina Louise
Special Guest Star- Duke Slater, – Denny Miller,


Andrew August 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Brian Dennehy as The Skipper!


Anonymous July 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

Mrs howell Suesan Sylverter


Cranston Lamont May 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Simon Baker as the Professor
Chyler Lee as Mary Ann
Emily Blunt as Ginger
Cedric the Entertainer as the Skipper
Bradford Anderson (plays Spinelle on General Hospital) as Gilligan
William Shatner as Mr. Howell
Blythe Danner as Lovey


Roy Smith May 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Gilligan Steve Carroll
Skipper Tom Arnold
Mary Anne Anne Hathaway
Ginger Ashley Judd
Mr Howell Robin Williams
Mrs Howell Glenn Close
Professor Jim Parsons


Roy Smith May 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Gilligan Steve Carroll
Skipper Tom Arnold
Mary Anne Anne Hathaway
Ginger Ashley Judd
Mr Howell Robin Williams
Mrs Howell Glenn Close


kirsten May 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

defently think Jim Carrey should be in the move he could be the perfeser or gilligan it would be the best move


Michael April 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I would have to agree with Classic Sitcom Fan with:

Jerry Trainer as Gilligan
Brandan Gleeson as Skipper
Suzie Kennedy as Ginger
Simon Baker as The Professor
Robin Williams as Mr. Howell
Glenn Close as Mrs. Howell

But, I would have to go with:
Selena Gomez as Mary Anne


Classic Sitcom Fan March 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

Gilligan – Justin Long or Jerry Trainor (Both have the look and Trainor has the zany, comical antics)

Skipper – Brendan Gleeson (Has the look and the size)

Mr. Howell – Steve Carell or Robin Willaims (Both have great versatility and the eyebrows and nose)

Mrs. Howell – Glenn Close (Would do this character justice)

Ginger – Suzie Kennedy (Had never heard of her until reading other comments for this blog. I don’t know much acting experience she has, but she makes her profession as Marilyn Monroe. Tina Louise seemed to pattern her character from Monroe, as well, and wasn’t really a great actress herself.)

The Professor – Simon Baker (Remarkable resemblance)

Marianne – Jennifer Lopez (Come on…who doesn’t wanna see JLo in pigtails and daisy dukes???)


Anonymous March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Gilligan – Steve Carrell
The Skipper – John Goodman
Mary Ann – Mila Kunis
Ginger – Nicole Kidman
The Professor – ?
Mr. Howell – George Clooney
Mrs. Howell – ?


Amber March 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

Gilligan-Jim Parsons or Jon Cryer
the skipper- john Goodman
Mary Ann- Evangeline Lilly or Zooey Deschanel
ginger-Shirley Manson
the Professor-Neil Patrick Harris or Joel McHale
Mr.Howell-Edward Herrmann
Mrs.”lovey” Howell- Betty white


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