Rest in Peace, Bob Denver: 'Gilligan's Island' Movie in Development

March 3, 2010

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You know, thinking about it, Hollywood's big cash-in on '80s nostalgia has really been unfair. Sure, my pleasant childhood memories of manufactured pop culture are being hauled out, polished, and built into both familiar and entirely unfamiliar feature films, but what about previous generations? For every 30-year-old guy complaining that a movie about robots that can turn into cars didn't live up to his standards, there's a guy nearing retirement saying, "What's a Tranformer?" They can only bitch about how bad that Joey/Party of Five Lost in Space was for so long.

Well, here's something new to complain about, Dad:

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.

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."

A "contempo take." So, instead of the Professor building a radio out of a coconut, he'll build the internet. Out of a coconut. And the entire thing, from boarding to shipwreck to rescue, will be done in less time than the initial three-hour tour. I don't see how this can go wrong.

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