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October 13, 2021 07:40 pm GMT

James Gunn Pitched A Gilligans Island Movie With A Cannibal Twist

The Suicide Squad director James Gunn says he once pitched a movie of Gilligans Island with a cannibal twist. The original show about a group of castaways becoming stranded on a desert island during what was supposed to be just a three-hour-tour aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967.

Years afterthat original three-year CBS run, the show received a revival in the form of three TV movies: The Castaways on Gilligans Island, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligans Island and Rescue From Gilligans Island. Today Gilligans Island is probably most knownbyyounger people for its barroom-argument-inspiring Ginger or Mary Anne? question and its classic theme song, and of course older folks still cherish it. But despite the enduring popularity of the CBS sitcom, Gilligan, The Skipper and company have to this day never been brought back in theatrical movie form.

It was just revealed by James Gunn however that efforts have been made to revive Gilligans Island as a movie. In fact, according to Gunn legendary screenwriter Charlie Kaufman at one time pitched a Gilligans Island movie that in true Kaufman oddball fashion added the gruesome twist of the castaways turning on and cannibalizing each other (unsurprisingly the idea went nowhere). Gunn went on to say that he revived thepitch some years later and actually received studio interest, but the whole thing was shot down by the family of Gilligans Island creator Sherwood Schwartz. Gunn tweeted his story as part of the recent Pitch a movie with two pictures, no captions meme that has taken over Twitter. See his tweets in the space below:

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Its interesting to note that Schwartz himself originally shot down Kaufmans cannibal Gilligans Island pitch and that even after Schwartzs death his family continues refusing to allow this take on the original show to see the light of day. But it seems Gunn is still keen to make this movie happen, as he says If the Schwartz estate changes their mind, Im here.

Indeed if "Gilligans Island but they all turn cannibal" ever did become a movie, it would be hard to envision a better team to make that happen than Kaufman and Gunn. The former is of course a notedly eccentric writer responsible for quirky scripts like Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And Gunn obviously is known for his own rather bizarre sensibilities through movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and this summers The Suicide Squad.

But though Cannibal Gilligans Island might seem like an amazing idea to fans of both Gunn and Kaufman, not to mention fans of bizarre movies in general, its also easy to understand why Schwartz and later his family would shoot down the idea. Gilligans Islandobviously remains a Boomer favorite with a wholesome reputation and some twisted version of the show where everyone becomes cannibals could only undermine that image and would certainly add no value to the property. So as long as Gilligans Island remains something that has value as corny nostalgia, its certain the Schwartz family will continue protecting the shows legacy from the crazed imaginations of people like Gunn and Kaufman. But perhaps things will change in the future and a Gilligans Island where they all lose their minds and eat each other will become a reality.

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