Things in the film industry must be in an interesting place when someone in power says, “A ‘Gilligan’s Island’ movie starring the guy from ‘1600 Penn’? Sold.” That’s what happening, though. Josh Gad has been tapped to co-write and star in a movie adaptation of the 1960s sitcom.
Warner Bros. is behind the feature film, which will be a vehicle to push Gad to the forefront as a star. He will co-write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez, according to Deadline. There’s no word on what role Gad will play just yet, but the best bets are Gilligan or the Skipper.
“Gilligan’s Island” is far from the first TV property to be turned into a movie, and things don’t always end pretty. Sometimes a film can capture the spirit of the show, but the odds are normally against it.
As a bit of a history lesson, Zap2it has compiled a list of the five best and five worst TV shows to be turned into movies for your viewing pleasure or terror.
This one came as a surprise to almost everyone who walked into a movie theater to see it. How do you take a 1980s cop drama and turn it into a comedy without screwing it up? With Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the leads and some clever cameos from the original show, “21 Jump Street” introduced the franchise to a new audience and elevated it to the point that a sequel is on the way.
Every single aspect of “The Addams Family” movie was a success. It was a box office hit, very funny and put Christina Ricci on the map in a big way. It also left the door open for a sequel that was somehow even better than the first, “Addams Family Values.” Plus, MC Hammer recorded “Addams Groove” for the soundtrack, which makes it all just a bit more wonderful.
“The X-Files” movie was a new experience because it was released at the height of the show. It tied together several major plots from the series and existed within the show’s universe, releasing during the summer hiatus. Unfortunately, the follow up movie “The X-Files: I Want To Believe” didn’t have the same magic. In fact, it didn’t even really deal with an X-File.
There may be no TV series with a richer history of movie adaptations than “Star Trek.” Including the J.J. Abrams-rebooted series, there are 12 “Star Trek” movies. While the original isn’t considered to be a strong film, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is considered the best of the entire franchise.
Though the TV series ended in 1973, then again in 1990, Tom Cruise put “Mission: Impossible” back out in the world with a 1996 movie adaptation. There are currently four films in the series, all of which are big successes, with a fifth scheduled for December 2015. In fact, you might say it works better as a movie than a TV show.
Who would go see a version of “The Real World” in movie theaters? It turns out almost no one. “The Real Cancun” wasn’t technically a “Real World” spinoff, but it was from the exact same production company as the series and was very obviously inspired by it, in name and idea. It was shot in Cancun over spring break in 2003 and landed in theaters only a month later, because why take the time to make it good?
Here’s a story of a bunch of 1970s TV characters dropped into the modern day for some reason. The movie is little more than a collection of jokes about how weird the Brady family is in the 1990s and somehow spawned two sequels. The third movie in the series, “The Brady Bunch in the White House” went straight-to-DVD and found Mike Brady as President of the United States and his wife, Carol, Vice President.
When “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” hit theaters, fans of the 1980s cartoon were sad to see what a live action version of the series looked like on the big screen. It was filled with too many cheesy jokes and weird character portrayals, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander. The caveat being his version of Cobra Commander was absolutely nothing like the one everybody knew. When the sequel came, the movie went too far in the other direction, removing any lightheartedness and making it all about Dwayne Johnson’s character, Roadblock, out for retribution.
“The Flintstones” is fine for what it was at the time. The cast included John Goodman, Rosie O’Donnell, Rick Moranis and Halle Berry, which is impressive in itself. Some of the humor bordered on too silly, but it was a kids movie, so it was forgiven. Then came the prequel, “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” Everything that made you uneasy about the first movie was amplified and the cast did nothing to help, across the board. Replacing Moranis with Stephen Baldwin? Who does that?
When the Duke boys headed to the big screen, it was little more than a vehicle for Jessica Simpson. She was all over the movie as Daisy Duke and on the soundtrack, with her own version of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”. The movie was a critical failure, but managed to do well at the box office. Like “The Flintstones,” it was followed by a prequel, though it went directly to DVD with only Willie Nelson returning from the first movie.