Josh Gad Will Star in 'Gilligan's Island': Is He Gilligan or Skipper?

The actor will co-write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. It is not known which character he will play.

Warner Bros. has tapped Josh Gad to star in and co-write the screenplay for their long-gestating big-screen adaptation of Gilligan's Island.

The studio had previously tried to bring the beloved TV series to life in 2010, when Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear) was attached to write the script, and Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle were set to produce. Neither the writer or producers are involved in this new version, which will be co-written by Josh Gad, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. It isn't known what role Josh Gad will play, although there is speculation he may portray either The Skipper or Gilligan himself.

Lloyd J. Schwartz, Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers will serve as executive producers. No production schedule was given.

Sherwood Schwartz created the original Gilligan's Island TV series, which ran for 96 episodes over three seasons between 1964 and 1967. The story centered on a three-hour boat tour from Honolulu that went awry, with seven men and women trapped on a remote island. Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper), Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III), Natalie Schafer (Mrs. Lovey Howell), Tina Louise (Ginger Grant), Russell Johnson (Professor Roy Hinckley) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann Summers) starred in the hit series.

Its likely that Warner Bros. and Josh Gad are undecided about which role he will play, and are floating it early to see what the online community has to say. Perhaps the studio wants him to play Skipper, but he thinks he's a better fit for Gilligan? What do you think? Is he Skipper all the way? Or just too young for that role?

Gilligan's Island is in development and stars Josh Gad.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (10)

  1. Csullivan02914

    Both Gilligan and Skipper need to be extremely lovable. That's the only way those characters work. Josh Gad's schtick is being really annoying. His role on 1600 Penn was basically Gilligan in the White House and he was so extremely annoying and unlikable. It's why that show failed. And he was a producer/writer on that show too. So this is not looking good. Chris Pratt before he blew up into big star would have been perfect for Gilligan. Josh Gad is a huge mistake.

    10 months agoby @csullivan02914Flag

  2. Bud Moore

    NO NO NO NO NO!!! This whole concept is a HUGE mistake! Get Smart, Bewitched, The Three Stooges, all flops. Has Hollywood learned nothing?

    12 months agoby @Bud-MooreFlag

  3. CelluloidDreams

    Josh Gad ....WHO?!?!.

    12 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  4. skywise

    Not even close

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. A7sus4


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  6. Upsmann44

    I want Colin Ferguson for the Professor. I always thought he would be perfect for the role. And Brian Dennehy as the Skipper if he was younger.

    1 year agoby @upsmann44Flag

  7. The Real Goku

    Gilligan's* (auto correct)

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  8. Oxxford699

    HOLY EFIN CRAP.....Hollywood stop with all the EFIN RRRRREEEEEEMMMMAAAKKKKEEEESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 year agoby @oxxford699Flag

  9. MillerFarrow

    I like Josh Gad, but why?

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  10. The Real Goku

    LMAO I'm done. Why can't we have more original films?? Prisoners? Probably my favorite movie of 2013. Wasn't a sequel, reboot, remake or any of that sh*t lol. Do we really need a Gillian's island movie? That will be 1 hour and 30 min? They should have learned with 3 stooges

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag