I recently interviewed Mr. Schwartz about the status of "Gilligan's
Island: The Movie," and here is what he had to say.
"I'm hopeful the Gilligan's Island movie will become a reality. Ted
Turner, who owned the copyright to 'Gilligan's Island,' prevented
deals we could have had with the feature at Disney, Columbia,
Paramount, ect. They were all blocked by the attorneys and business
affairs in Ted Turner's company. He always wanted too good a deal
"Now the Turner company has been swallowed up by the Time-Warner
Corporation, and now they own the copyright. We are currently in
meetings with executives there. Hopefully Time-Warner will produce
At the moment, they are talking to a director whom they like, as do
Lloyd (Sherwood's son) and I, but negotiations with that particular
director are at an impasse. They are all working on some way to
break the deadlock."
Pete: When there's official news on those negotiations, Mr. Schwartz
will let me know and I will share it with you. Also, when "The
Skipper's Log" gets closer to publication an official announcement
will be made.
In the meantime I will be filing periodic reports on the latest
happenings here on the island.
The "Gilligan's Island: The Movie." This elaborate production will have a
big budget with extensive special effects, docking scenes, and the
storm/shipwreck will have a lot of intensive/comedy special effects. In
fact, the shipwreck scene in the movie will be as exciting as the train
wreck in the movie, "The Fugitive".
Included is a love interest among some of the castaways, but never fear.
The same kind of fun, adventure, entertainment and comedy will still be
Talks about a cast are in the making. You want;
Gilligan - Jim Carrey, Martin Short, Rick Moranis,
Steve Burns, Jamie Kennedy, Adam Sandler
Skipper - Brian Dennehy
Thurston - Leslie Nielson, Donald Trump, Hugh Heffner,
Mrs. Howell - Betty White, Goldie Hawn, Rue McClanahan,
Ginger - Michelle Pfeiffer, Geena Davis, Loni Anderson,
Jennifer Aniston, Anna-Nicole Smith
Professor - Robert Hayes, Richard Dryfuss, Rick Moranis,
Mary Ann - Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, Pam Dawber,
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Yasmine Bleeth