Since its inception in 2006, prolific production company Blumhouse has been synonymous with low cost, high-grossing (and often gross out!) horror hits such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge. However, starting in 2014 with the Oscar-winning Whiplash, the studio started expanding into other genres, most recently putting their clout behind HBO’s acclaimed drama Sharp Objects. Today sees the company journey into even wilder territory, with the announcement that it is set to produce a remake of TV’s Fantasy Island. Not to be confused with the insipid Love Island, the fondly remembered show originally began life in 1977, before coming to an end in 1984 with its 152nd episode. This long run can be attributed to its generously broad concept, in which rich clients each week journey to the titular location on the promise that it will make their fantasies come to life. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan star Ricardo Montalbán presided over events as the shady island boss, Mr. Roarke, with the iconic Hervé Villechaize playing his sidekick, Tattoo. “Ze plane, ze plane!” That guy.
Behind the feature-length remake is Kick-Ass 2’s Jeff Wadlow, who recently delivered one of those aforementioned mega horror hits for Blumhouse in the shape of Truth or Dare. It isn’t yet clear whether this new movie version will lean more towards adventure and/or comedy, but should it want, the supernaturally-tinged premise allows a capacity for darkness if Blumhouse wants to stick to what they know best: scaring the shit out of teens and relieving them of their cash!
More as it develops…