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Dream come true: Michael Pena boards Fantasy Island movie at Sony as Mr. Roarke

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Oct 8, 2018

Get ready for all of your wishes to come true. Michael Peña has joined Sony's film adaptation of Fantasy Island, the classic TV show (created by Gene Levitt) that ran on ABC between 1977 and 1984 for a total of 152 episodes and two made-for-television movies.

According to Deadline, the Ant-Man and the Wasp actor will take on the role of Mr. Roarke, the caretaker of Fantasy Island, who was famously played by Ricardo Montalbán on the show.

With his white suit, black tie, black pocket square, and dapper demeanor, Roarke would grant anyone's deepest desires for a certain price. Upon receiving what they most want in the world, however, the receipients often refer back to the old saying, "be careful what you wish for!" 

The series was also famous for Roarke's assistant Tattoo, portrayed by Hervé Villechaize (Nick Nack in The Man with the Golden Gun). Every time a plane would arrive over the island to deliver visitors, he would ring the bell and shout "De plane! De plane!" 

Villechaize, who died in 1993 at the age of 50, is being depicted by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) in HBO's upcoming TV movie, My Dinner with Hervé. It premieres later this month. 

Jeff Wadlow is directing Fantasy Island and penned the script with his Truth or Dare team of Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs. Blumhouse is helping fund the project, with Ryan Turek helping steer the ship on behalf of Jason Blum. The production company's Couper Samuelson will executive produce alongside Wadlow. 

Back in August, Blum described the adaptation as "horror adjacent."


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