Josh Gad Tapped for Book of Gilligan

In the comments to Mike Fleming Jr.’s Deadline item, the notion of a Warner Bros. Gilligan’s Island movie starring Josh Gad is being greeted with overwhelming dismay. We concur.

Book of Mormon – in NYC and on tour – is a sublimely hilarious concoction worthy of Wilder, Sturges and SCTV. As opposed to dredging the Skipper and Little Buddy. Should the makers of this pointless, doomed enterprise foolishly decide to proceed, they would do well to pay special attention to Deadline commenter Ross Kardon:

What did not make any sense about the 1960′s TV show Gilligan’s Island is why would the Howells pack up all their belongings if they only intended to be away for three hours?…

If they were really stranded on a tropical island, those castaways would have had to deal with serious survival problems like mosquitoes, malaria, dengue fever and other diseases and not being able to get to a doctor.

Then of course, they would be lucky if the island had a source for fresh water, and finding edible plants, fishing and hunting any insects, snakes and other possible animals on the island, would be a hard everyday task.

They would also have to deal with tsunamis and hurricanes, and building and re-building sufficient shelter.

Maybe Warner Bros. should turn this around to CBS as Survivor: Gilligan’s Island Edition. Meanwhile, there was a pretty obvious lede for those picking up on the Fleming post:

Ethan Sacks / New York Daily News: Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful pitch.

Randee Dawn / Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a rebooted TV series being turned into a movie.

Lara Spencer / GMA: Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale. A tale of a beloved ’60s show that our Ginger loves so very much.

Spencer goes on to remind that Good Morning America weather girl Ginger Zee was named after the Gilligan character played by Tina Louise.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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