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Fantasy Island | February 14, 2020 | Sony/Blumhouse | Michael Pena, Lucy Hale

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EXCLUSIVE: The long running ABC series Fantasy Island is being reconstituted as a feature film by Blumhouse and Sony Pictures, the latter of which controls the rights to the Aaron Spelling series which ran from 1977-84. Jeff Wadlow is directing. He just teamed with Blumhouse on Truth Or Dare, the genre film that grossed $100 million worldwide on a $5 million budget.


Wadlow is writing with Truth or Dare co-scribes Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs and Jason Blum is producing. Wadlow will be exec producer along with Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson. Ryan Turek is overseeing for Blumhouse and Matt Milam for Sony.


The instinct is to recall the series as being a bit cheesy, propelled by the Fantasy Island opening where Herve Villechaize’s Tattoo would beckon the island overseer Mr Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) with cries of ‘Boss, de plane, de plane.’ But the series actually dealt with dark themes and the supernatural as visitors come to the island to live out their fantasy wishes, which puts it right in the Blumhouse wheelhouse. Wadlow previously directed Kick-Ass 2, Never Back Down and True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.



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7 hours ago, TalismanRing said:



I love Pena but I can't imagine him seductively and convincingly saying "Rich Corinthian Leather" 

Honestly, I think Antonio Bandaras would have been great casting as Roark.

Pena is a good actor, but ,dammit, he is just too young for the role,wheras Bandaras age is perfect for it.

Roark needs to be an older man.

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Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, The Walking Dead, HBO’s True Detective Season 3), Charlotte McKinney (Flatliners, Baywatchremake), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones), and Austin Stowell (Catch 22Battle of the Sexes) are headed to Fantasy Island. The Sony Pictures/ Blumhousefilm adaptation of the popular ABC series is set to begin production next week in Fiji.



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