Yes, the 1970’s hit TV series is returning as a movie courtesy of Jason Blum and his production company. Are we ready for a darker Mr. Roarke?
“Welcome to Fantasy Island!” – Ricardo Montalban
Everything Old is New Again
I grew up during the 70s and 80s. One of my favorite shows was ABC’s Fantasy Island. Ricardo Montalban of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan was the star. He played Mr. Roarke, the manager of an island paradise where guests would come to have their fantasies fulfilled.
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His co-star was Hervé Villechaize who played Tattoo, his assistant. Fans of James Bond might remember him as Nick Nack in The Man with the Golden Gun. Villechaize is also known for an iconic bit of dialogue, “Boss. De plane. De plane.”
Basically, every week new people would arrive on the island. However, sometimes shows did not have the expected outcomes. Everything wasn’t sunshine and roses. In fact, there would usually be some sort of lesson that was learned by one or more of the visitors.
In the late 90’s, the series was rebooted with Malcolm McDowell portraying Mr. Roarke. This version was a little darker than its predecessor. Tattoo was replaced by Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), Edward Hibbert and Fyvush Finkel (Picket Fences).
Where the original show lasted for seven seasons, this particular edition was gone after thirteen episodes. Now, Deadline is stating that Jason Blum and his Blumhouse production company along with Sony Pictures is going to make this program into a feature film.
Jeff Wadlow will be at the helm. For horror fans, you know him as the man behind the camera and one of the writers of Truth or Dare. He will also be penning the script for Fantasy Island along with his partners, Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs.
This incarnation of the beloved series will be darker and feature more supernatural elements because what else would you expect from Blumhouse? As of this reporting, the project is classified as in development so stay tuned for updates on production and release information.
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