The suicide squad director James Gunn says he’s previously featured a Gilligan Island with a cannibal touch. The original show about a group of castaways getting stranded on a desert island during what was supposed to be just a three-hour tour that aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967.
Years after that original three-year airing on CBS, the series has seen a revival in the form of three TV movies: Castaways on Gilligan Island, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island and Rescue of Gilligan Island. Today Gilligan Island is probably the best known of the youngest for his “Ginger or Mary Anne?” question and her classic theme song, and of course older people still cherish her. But despite the enduring popularity of the CBS sitcom, Gilligan, The Skipper, and company have never been brought back as a movie to this day.
It has just been revealed by James Gunn however that efforts have been made to relaunch Gilligan Island like a movie. In fact, according to Gunn, legendary screenwriter Charlie Kaufman at one point cast a Gilligan Island film which, in Kaufman style, added the horrific twist of castaways lighting up and cannibalizing themselves (unsurprisingly, the idea didn’t go anywhere). Gunn went on to say that he relaunched the pitch a few years later and actually sparked the studio’s interest, but the whole thing was shot down by the family of Gilligan Island creator Sherwood Schwartz. Gunn tweeted his story as part of the recent “Pitch a movie with two pictures, no captions” meme which took over Twitter. See his tweets in the space below:
Interestingly, Schwartz himself originally slaughtered Kaufman’s cannibal. Gilligan Island pitch and that even after Schwartz’s death, his family continues to refuse to allow this version of the original series to see the light of day. But it looks like Gunn still wants this movie to happen, as he puts it “If the Schwartz estate changes its mind, I’m here. “
Indeed if “Gilligan Island but they all become cannibals “turned into a movie, it would be hard to imagine a better team to make it happen than Kaufman and Gunn. The former is of course a notoriously eccentric writer responsible for eccentric scripts like Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Flawless Spirit. And Gunn is obviously known for his own rather bizarre sensibility through films like guardians of the galaxy and this summer The suicide squad.
And yet Cannibal Gilligan’s Island This might sound like an incredible idea to fans of Gunn and Kaufman, not to mention fans of bizarre movies in general, it’s also easy to see why Schwartz and later his family would reject the idea. Gilligan Island Obviously remains a baby boomer favorite with a healthy reputation and a twisted version of the show where everyone goes cannibalistic could only undermine that image and certainly add no value to the property. So as long as Gilligan Island remains something of value as nerdy nostalgia, it’s certain the Schwartz family will continue to protect the series’ legacy from the wild imaginations of people like Gunn and Kaufman. But maybe things will change in the future and a Gilligan Island where they all lose their minds and eat each other will become a reality.
Source: James Gunn / Twitter