Cast your own “Gilligan”
BY KEVIN CRUST
Variety reported that Warner Bros. and Alliance are working on a big screen version of the 1960s TV series “Gilligan’s Island.” The Los Angeles Times weighs in by nominating the “Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki as Gilligan and Lindsay Lohan as Ginger, while the New York Times reports that producers are eyeing Michael Cera as the new little buddy. Dave Itzkoff of the NYT ArtsBeat Blog goes as far as casting the entire crew of castaways:
Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” as Capt. Jonas Grumby, a k a The Skipper.
Zooey Deschanel as Mary Ann Summers.
Christina Hendricks as Ginger Grant.
Robert Downey Jr. as Roy Hinkley, a k a The Professor (He also would have accepted James Spader.)
Michael Clarke Duncan as Thurston Howell III, a k a The Millionaire.
Jennifer Lopez as Eunice “Lovey” Howell, a k a The Millionaire’s Wife.
And the 2009-10 New York Knicks as the Harlem Globetrotters.
Not bad, but to really get me on board you’d need to get Philip Seymour Hoffman or John C. Reilly to play the Skipper. The NYT readers’ comments are also worth a read. I’m pretty sure this is a case in which the casting game is far more entertaining than the movie will turn out to be. But we always hope for the best with these things.