Josh Gad will co-write and star in a big-screen adaptation of Gilligan’s Island for Warner Bros. Gad’s publicist confirmed a Deadline report that the Tony-nominated star of The Book of Mormon and the voice of Frozen’s talking snowman will pen the script with 1600 Penn writers Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. No one is saying which character Gad is keen to play, though. Lloyd and Ross Schwartz, the children of Sherwood Schwartz – who produced the original TV series and died in 2011 – will executive produce alongside Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers.
Gilligan’s Island ran for three seasons on CBS from 1964-67. It was the comic story of seven shipwrecked passengers of the S.S. Minnow: Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor, an actress Ginger, Mary Ann, and millionaires Mr. and Mrs. Howell. Gilligan (Bob Denver) was a mishap-prone doofus who always inadvertently spoiled their plans of escape or rescue.
After the sitcom became more popular than ever in re-runs, NBC aired several TV movies based off the show in the late 1970s and early ’80s.