Josh Gad is set as co-writer and star for the new “Gilligan’s Island” movie but while Josh Gad’s publicist has confirmed Josh Gad’s involvement in Warner Brothers new big-screen adaptation of “Gilligan’s Island,” no one knows whether Josh Gad will play Gilligan or Skipper. And of course, rumors about who will play beautiful Ginger are abound with Nicole Kidman being one of the most mentioned names. According to a Dec. 19, 2013, Eonline report, however, if it was up to Caprice Crane, who is the daughter of Tina Louise (the actress who played Ginger), her mom’s role should go to Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé, or Christina Hendricks.
"They're going to have their work cut out for them finding someone who is as awesome and gorgeous and funny as my mom," said Caprice Crane about her mom’s performance as Ginger.
And most people familiar with “Gilligan’s Island” would agree.
Can Josh Gad, any of the above mentioned beauties, or any modern actor or actress really fill the role of one of the seven castaways who were stranded on an island after what was supposed to be a three-hour boat ride?
For three seasons, from 1964 to 1967, CBS aired the comic story of “Gilligan’s Island” with the seven castaways of the S.S. Minnow -- Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor, actress Ginger, Mary Ann, and millionaires Mr. and Mrs. Howell and of course Gilligan, a “mishap-prone doofus” who always inadvertently spoiled their plans of escape or rescue.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, because of its popularity in re-runs, NBC aired several TV movies based off the show.
Josh Gad, known for his role in “Book of Mormon” and “Frozen,” will not only be starring in “Gilligan’s Island” as Skipper or Gilligan but is co-writing the movie along with “1600 Penn” writers Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz, the sons of Sherwood Schwartz (who created and produced the original “Gilligan’s Island”), are co-producing the project alongside Cathy Silvers and Tracey Silvers.
While many are hoping that Josh Gad’s talent and the Schwartz family connection will ensure that the “kooky spirit” of the original “Gilligan’s Island” will remain in the new movie remake, others are skeptical whether the simple casting and plot of “Gilligan’s Island” can live up to modern expectations.
Like Caprice Crane, many viewers of the new “Gilligan’s Island” might want to have a more “Modern Family-esque spin!”
"My mom was constantly coming on to the Professor on the show, and he was never into it," said Caprice Crane. "So the Professor could be the gay one. It would explain a lot. It would be fun if they shake it up, make it worthy of today's times."