TV & FILM
bill-swift - December 18, 2013
Warner Brothers announced today that iconic 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island is coming to the big screen. Why? Well, for starters, Hollywood is completely out of original ideas. But also, ostensibly, because Warner Brothers thinks Josh Gad—who will play Gilligan—is going to be a star.
Now, I've got nothing against Josh Gad. The Frozen star impressed in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, and he's pretty damn funny in most things he's in—like the short-lived 1600 Penn. But come on, we all know the real reason they're making Gilligan's Island into a movie: because it also means casting two really hot women and resurrecting the Mary Ann vs. Ginger debate.
You see, kids, on the original Gilligan's Island there were two babes. There was Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), the red-headed Hollywood starlet, and Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells), the brown-haired All-American farmer's daughter. And all men fell into one of three categories: those who preferred the former, those who preferred the latter, or gay.
So there's no way the prospect of recasting these iconic roles and rekindling that debate didn't occur to the folks over at Warner Brothers. Frankly, I'm surprised it took them this long.