Hollywood is planning yet another big screen adaptation of a TV favorite. If you’re a fan of the old Fantasy Island series, you might think this one sounds more like a nightmare than a fantasy come true.
The original Fantasy Island starred Ricardo Montalban as the mysterious Mr. Roarke and Herve Villechaize as his diminutive assistant Tattoo. Each episode consisted of guests arriving on the island and, after a warm welcome, would live out their personal fantasies — usually with unexpected results. Like sister-series The Love Boat, the 1978-84 show’s guest list was a cavalcade of classic movie and contemporary TV stars. The series was revived in 1998 with Malcolm McDowell in the lead role.
Eddie Murphy has now been attached to star in a big screen adaptation of Fantasy Island for Columbia Pictures. The movie will be a family-oriented comedy and won’t have a big cast. As seems to have become the norm in his movies, Murphy will play multiple roles. He’ll be playing Mr. Roarke as well many other roles.