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Charlie Kaufman and James Gunn Both Tried to Redo ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As a Horror Movie

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. It started from a tropic port, aboard a tiny ship. And then the people started to eat each other. Now, that is not how the tale of Gilligan’s Island transpired on television. As chronicled in the famous 1960s sitcom, Gilligan, the Skipper too, and five more castaways got stranded on a deserted island and struggled to survive. While that could be the makings of a dark drama — it’s basically the same concept as Lost when you think about it — Gilligan’s Island was a broad comedy. The gang never got off the island, but nothing all that bad ever happened either.
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James Gunn & Charlie Kaufman Once Wanted To Make A Cannibalistic ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Remake

The What If? lore of cinema is long, storied, and legendary, Jodorowsky in vain trying to make “Dune” in the 1970s, Stanley Kubrick trying to make his “Napoleon” epic and hell, we did a feature on this ages ago called, The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made. But maybe we have a new addition to add to the pile, a remake/reboot of “Gilligan’s Island” that never got made that sounds bonkers.
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Charlie Kaufman and James Gunn Both Tried to Redo ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As a Horror Movie

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. It started from a tropic port, aboard a tiny ship. And then the people started to eat each other. Now, that is not how the tale of Gilligan’s Island transpired on television. As chronicled in the famous 1960s sitcom, Gilligan, the Skipper too, and five more castaways got stranded on a deserted island and struggled to survive. While that could be the makings of a dark drama — it’s basically the same concept as Lost when you think about it — Gilligan’s Island was a broad comedy. The gang never got off the island, but nothing all that bad ever happened either.
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James Gunn and Charlie Kaufman Almost Made a Cannibalistic ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Reboot

Gilligan's Island, the classic 1960s sitcom featuring a diverse cast of personalities on a deserted island, nearly got a much less cheerful reboot thanks to Charlie Kaufman and James Gunn. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad director revealed on Twitter that he tried to resurrect a sinister reboot movie Kaufman penned back in the late 90s that would've turned the islanders into cannibals.
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Charlie Kaufman Allegedly Came Up With A Bleak Version Of ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ And James Gunn Really Wants To Make It

It’s a safe bet that Charlie Kaufman has one of the bleakest minds to ever infiltrate Hollywood. But the screenwriter, director, and novelist — last year’s 700-paged Antkind is even more bonkers than you think — has somehow never sold out. That’s to say, he’s never sullied himself with comic book fare or IP reboots. Then again, we never got to see his Gilligan’s Island.
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Charlie Kaufman Once Pitched A Gilligan's Island Reboot Filled With Murder And Cannibalism

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip... "Gilligan's Island" is a classic American sitcom that followed the adventures of seven castaways on a tiny island, stranded after their ship, The Minnow, runs aground. The series aired for three seasons on CBS from 1964 to 1967, receiving solid ratings. In syndication, "Gilligan's Island" became a part of American popular culture, cementing Bob Denver's hapless character Gilligan as an all-time great.
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