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Gilligan’s Island: TV Show Creator wants Michael Cera and Beyonce for New Movie

Bob Denver and Michael CeraYet another classic television show, Gilligan’s Island, may be headed to the big-screen. Not unlike the castaways’ many rescue attempts, there’ve been numerous movie plans in the past that haven’t gone anywhere. Will the Gilligan movie actually be made this time?

The Gilligan’s Island TV show was created by Sherwood Schwartz (The Brady Bunch) and follows a diverse group of people who’ve been shipwrecked on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The sitcom debuted in 1964 and ran for just three seasons. Though there are only 98 episodes, the sitcom became incredibly popular in syndication and the characters have become a part of popular culture. The original castaways are the Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.), first-mate Gilligan (Bob Denver), the wealthy Howells (Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer), movie star Ginger (Tina Louise), the genius Professor (Russell Johnson), and farmgirl Mary Ann (Dawn Wells).

Most of the castaways reunited for a number of projects over the years, including three TV movies (Rescue from Gilligan’s Island, The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island, and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island), two animated series (The New Adventures of Gilligan and Gilligan’s Planet), and numerous guest-spots on shows like ALF, Baywatch, and Roseanne.

There’s been talk of doing a big screen movie version of Gilligan’s Island on and off for many years. At one time, it looked like Jim Carrey was going to play Gilligan. Now, there are new plans in the works.

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Schwartz was recently inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame. Longtime friend and Brady Florence Henderson introduced him on stage. At the ceremony, the 92 year-old said that he and son Lloyd had just signed the deal for a Gilligan movie. He reportedly told TV Guide, “[It] just happened in the last 48 hours. I can’t take this much excitement at my age.”

Though the project is still in the very early stages of development, Schwartz would love to see Michael Cera (Arrested Development) as Gilligan and Beyonce Knowles as Ginger. Of the latter, original castmember Wells chimed in said, “There isn’t anybody sexier than Beyonce!”

If the movie is eventually made, it’s doubtful that any of the surviving actors from the original series would reprise their roles. Only three — Louise, Johnson, and Wells — are still with us. Still, it does seem likely that they’d be offered cameos, in a similar vein as some of the original Brady actors who popped up in the first Brady Bunch movie. Will it be made? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

What do you think? Who would you like to see board the S.S. Minnow for a new three hour tour? Should a Gilligan movie finally be made or should the idea be thrown out to sea before it goes any further? Share your thoughts below!

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Christopher Fitchett February 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Gilligan;Adam Sandler
The Skipper;Kevin James
The Professor;Ray Romano
Ginger;Jennifer Anniston
Mary Anne;Zoey Deshinal
Mr.Howell;Robert De Niro
Mrs.Howell;Blith Danner All these actors seem to have good chemestry together and I think they could really pull this off. It would be nice to see a good comedy remake rather than another remake of a remake of a super hero movie. Do we really need to make another Batman or Spiderman? Since We cant make very many block buster original stories we should try to go back to some old favorites that havent been done.


Bianca December 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

My Cast List:
Gilligan: Zach Braff
Skipper: Kevin James
Mary Anne: Selena Gomez
Ginger: Scarlett Johansson
Professor: Simon Baker
Mrs. Howell: Dawn Wells
Mr. Howell: Russell Johnson
It would be cute to have 2 of the original cast members as the elderly couple in the movie.


Natalie Renalls May 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

i think for cast list is this:
gilligan: zac efron (oh yeah!)
mary ann: vanessa hudgens
ginger: sarah michelle gellar
mr. howell: robert deniro
mrs. howell: michelle phieffer
professeor: paul reubens
skipper: mattew perry (he and zac would be great together! it doesn’ matter how old you are)


Odile Marie March 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Gilligan: Steve Carell
Skipper: michael caine //jack black
Professor: Simon Baker
Ginger: Beyonce knoles
Mary Ann: Penelope Cruz
Mr. Howell: Robert De Niro
Mrs. Howell: Julie Andrews //Susan Surandon


Jo Ann March 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm

The ideal cast:
Gilligan: Zach Braff (Scrubs)
Skipper: Kevin James (King of Queens)
Jack Black
John Goodman
Professor: Simon Baker (The Mentalist)
Ginger: Pamela Anderson
Mary Ann: Isla Fisher
Mr. Howell: Michael Caine
Mrs. Howell: Julie Andrews


robert jon carlson March 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

I love the idea it always makes a fun movie. I played th Captian in the castaways movie and would love to have a chance to read for the new one. I still look like a handsome captian or some other actor in the film. Thanks Bob. P S call me .


suzpalmer March 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

I totally agree with most everyone. Please keep it clean! There aren’t that many movies out there anymore that are good clean fun. I think the best person for Gilligan is definately Jerry trainor my daughter watches iCarly and he is absolutely Gilligan material. I think to tie in the old actors Russel Johnson and Dawn Wells would be great at the Howells. As for the skipper I know he is up there in years but Ernest Borgnine would be awesome. My pick for marianne would be either Ann Hathaway from the princess diaries or Miley Cyrus. As for Ginger Anna Faris would be very good. She does “Airhead Sterotypes” very well. The Progessor I think that Adam Sandler could pull it off but I think Ben Stiller would be very funny.


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