More than just Herve Villechaize’s Tattoo screaming about “de plane” arriving in the introduction, ABC’s long-running Fantasy Island was an oddball show that dealt with plenty of supernatural creatures — including ghosts, genies, and mermaids — as it fulfilled the wishes of its visitors. So while it might not seem like a natural intellectual property for Blumhouse to snap up, there’s potential for an interesting take now that the company is adapting the series into a feature film.
According to Deadline, this film will be from Blumhouse and Sony Pictures, who’ve placed Kick-Ass 2 and Truth or Dare director Jeff Wadlow at the helm. After turning around a huge profit on the latter project, Wadlow and his co-writers on the film (Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs) are being handed a movie with a bit more industry history than the simple game.
Does that mean that the film will feature a mysterious proprietor named Mr. Roarke? Will he meet the Devil as he does in the show? Will planes arrive? All that’s immediately clear is that the film will likely not lean into the cheesier aspects of the show, rather angling to dig through the darker themes of wish fulfillment and all things mystical that come from it.